Entry and English Language Requirements for Newcastle International Students

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements are listed for each degree, so check your chosen course before applying. Details about visa requirements are also available.

English language requirements

You need a good level of English for undergraduate study. If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your language ability when you apply:

IELTS and equivalent tests/scores
  • We prefer the IELTS test but we also accept other tests such as Pearson (PTE Academic). Please check these pages for up-to-date information.
  • You typically need a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent for direct entry to the University.
  • Some degrees require a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or 7.5 or equivalent - check our A-Z list of degrees

Find out about the equivalent tests and scores we accept.

British Council English exam centres offer IELTS tests worldwide, up to four times a month. For details see the Take IELTS website.

Tier 4 visa application students

If you are a Tier 4 visa application student who isn't from a majority English-speaking country, you also need to be proficient at level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages in each of the four components of language learning:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening

This is equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in each of the four components.

English language support

If you need to improve your English before starting your studies, you can attend a Pre-Sessional English language course at INTO Newcastle University. If you have not taken an INTO Newcastle University foundation programme, you will also take a short English language assessment when you arrive to work out if you need further English language study support.

Successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English course will allow you to progress to your degree at Newcastle, without needing to retake the IELTS or TOEFL test, if you have already met the University’s academic entry requirements and any other outstanding conditions.