Study abroad in Edinburgh

English Language Requirements

If you are a national of a non-majority English speaking country, you must provide evidence of your written and spoken English skills to study abroad in Edinburgh.

Study Abroad and Exchange

For Study Abroad and exchange students, the minimum English language test scores we accept are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic module) overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

If you wish to take third year level (honours) courses in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences then you will need to meet a slightly higher score:

  • IELTS (Academic module) overall 6.5 with 6.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 23 in each section

Erasmus Exchange

If you will be an Erasmus student, you only need to provide an English certificate if you want to take honours level courses outside of the subject area of the Erasmus agreement, or if you require a visa to study in the UK.

We do however expect you to have a good level of English equivalent to B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for language (CEFR).

Parliamentary Programme

Full fluency in English is a prerequisite as students will often answer telephones, take notes, and write letters, briefing papers, press releases and reports.

The minimum English language test scores we accept for the Parliamentary Programme are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic module) 8.0 overall, with a minimum of 8.0 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 110 overall, with a minimum of 27 in each component

Tests and Certificates

  • Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that does not appear on our list, please contact the relevant College Admissions Office to check if we will accept it.

ETS Tests

The University of Edinburgh wishes to inform all applicants that ETS English language tests will be accepted for admission to the University of Edinburgh as evidence of English language competency.

You may be aware that there has been recent media coverage regarding ETS, who provide TOEFL tests for English language assessment, no longer being registered on the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list maintained by the UK Home Office.

We wish to reassure all international applicants requiring to evidence English language competency that the University of Edinburgh still accepts ETS tests as evidence in relation to admission.