English language requirements

English language requirements

Students coming from outside the UK are required to have a certain level of English language ability. This means that those students coming from outside the UK need to hold a recognised English language qualification to be admitted to study in this country. There are exceptions to the English language requirements. Please see below for details of these exceptions.

Please note that meeting these language requirements does not guarantee entry to a course and you may be need further qualifications in English to study at St George's. Please check the entry requirements for each course carefully.

You will also need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. Once the required English language level is met St George’s will issue you with a CAS. Read more about the CAS on the UK Border Authority's (UKBA) website. We also provide information on the CAS in our immigration and visa advice.

At St George’s we use the Common European Framework for Reference for languages (CEFR). A list of the UKBA's approved test providers, how the various test scores equate to the Common European Framework for Reference for languages (CEFR) levels and how long each test is valid for can be found on the UKBA website.

Courses below degree level requirements

  • An English language level of at least CEFR B1.
  • A copy of an English Language test certificate that was issued by one of the UKBA’s approved test providers and which is within its validity period.
  • Original copy of the test certificate with your Tier 4 application. Read more about Tier 4 Visas.

Courses at degree level or above

  • An English language level of at least CEFR C1. 
  • St George’s uses a variety of methods to assess your English Language level. Your CAS will contain this information.
  • You do not need to submit any additional English language documents with your Tier 4 application. Read more about Tier 4 Visas.

Pre-sessional courses

If you are coming to St George’s to study a pre-sessional course before your main course of study then please contact us for further advice regarding the English language requirements.

email: visaadvice@sgul.ac.uk

Please note that all of the above information applies to students who were assigned a CAS on or after 21 April 2011. If you have a CAS that was assigned before 21 April 2011 then please contact us for further advice.

email: visaadvice@sgul.ac.uk

Exceptions

You will need a recognised English language qualification to be admitted onto any of the University's programmes, unless one of the following exceptions applies to you:

  • You are a national of a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKBA.
  • You have completed an academic qualification that is equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree, which was taught in English in a majority English speaking country. The UKBA will use UK NARIC to check that the qualification is at least equivalent to a UK degree. You must submit the original certificate for this course with your Tier 4 application.
  • You have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student which was at least six months long and ended within the last two years. You are also exempt if, under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, you obtained your visa whilst you were under 18 years old. You should submit the original certificate for these courses with your Tier 4 application. Read more about Tier 4 Visas.

If none of these exceptions apply to you then you will need to show that you meet the required English language level (as outlined above) before St George’s will issue you with a CAS. Please read the UKBA Confirmation of acceptance for studies information.

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Please note that the above information is subject to change; please check the UK Border Agency’s website for updates.  The information herein provided is given in good faith for information only purposes. The information herewith provided is not intended to nor does it constitute legal advice. St George’s, University of London does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no liability whatsoever as any claims arising from reliance thereon.


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