Applicants from outside the UK will often need to meet specific English language requirements in order to study at St. George’s.

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The UK’s Home Office requires that every student from outside the UK and the European Union (EU) must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a Tier 4 (General) visa.

Courses below degree level requirements

Courses at degree level or above

Certain degree programmes will ask for English language proficiency levels that are higher than the B2 level. Please review the academic requirements for your programme.


For Tier 4 (General) visa purposes, you may be exempt from submitting evidence of your English language proficiency if one of the following exceptions applies to you:  

  • You are a national of a majority English speaking country as defined by the UK government.
  • 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. UKVI 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 (General) Visas on GOV.UK.

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 note that the above information is subject to change; please check the GOV.UK website for updates. This information is provided is given in good faith for information purposes only. This information is not intended constitute legal advice. St George’s, University of London does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided and accepts no liability whatsoever on any claims arising from it.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:35