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 language to study at Newcastle. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide a recognised English language test or qualification.

Details of the English language requirements are listed in the entry requirements section of each course listing, so check your chosen course before applying.

We usually require a test score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, although some courses will accept 6.0 or equivalent and others require 7.0 or 7.5 or equivalent. We usually require this to have been taken within the preceding two to three years. Details of validity periods are included in our list of acceptable English language tests and qualifications (PDF: 269KB).

Include a copy of your IELTS test certificate or equivalent when you apply. We accept photocopies, faxes and scanned versions of all documentation. If an original certificate is required, you will be asked for this.

Applicants whose score is between IELTS 6.0 and 6.5 or equivalent at the time of application will usually be expected to complete a pre-sessional course at our INTO Newcastle University Centre before their study programme begins.  Find out more about our English language courses and support.

British Council English exam centres offer IELTS tests worldwide, up to four times a month. For full information on IELTS see IELTS.org

Full details of the University's English language requirements can be found in our English Language Policy (PDF: 405KB).

English language requirements for Tier 4 student visa applicants

NEW: Newcastle University response to recent Home Office changes

All applicants requiring a CAS(Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for degree level study are now required to demonstrate they are competent in English language at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at level B2 or above. You are therefore required to hold a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) in all sub skills (listening, writing, reading and speaking).

We also accept a range of other English Language qualifications (PDF: 227KB) for visa purposes

The University has further visas and immigration information for international students or visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Contact us if you have any queries about English language requirements.