International Students

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Overview

You need a good level of English language to study at Newcastle University.

‌‌English will be the main language you use socially and for study.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide a recognised English language test or qualification. 

Undergraduate courses

In most cases you will need an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. You will also need at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in each of the four sub-skills:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Individual undergraduate course pages list if you need an overall IELTS score or sub-scores higher than this.

Postgraduate courses

English language requirements do vary so you should read the 'entry requirements' section of our postgraduate course pages.

English language courses

If you don't meet our English language requirements extra support is available. You could also complete a course to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at our:

If you haven't studied with INTO Newcastle, you will take a short English Language test when you arrive. This is to identify if you need any extra study support.

Language support

We offer free English lessons throughout the year. You can attend classes, workshops and interactive lectures on a range of topics including:

  • academic reading and writing
  • listening and speaking
  • presentation skills
  • pronunciation and grammar 

Changes for 2020

For 2020 entry on to our courses, we have extended the validity periods we will accept for qualifications that prove student English language proficiency. The changes are listed below.   

Language Evidence 

Previous Validity Period

New Validity Period 

English Language test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) 

Taken 2 years before the start of the course 

Taken 3 years before the start of the course and must be verifiable on the relevant official website

English Language qualification (e.g. iGCSE, A Level English Language) 

Awarded 3 years before the start of the course 

Awarded 4 years before the start of the course 

Previous degree studies in the medium of English language 

Awarded 3 years before the start of the course 

Awarded 4 years before the start of the course 

We now consider the following English Language tests for 2020 entry:

  • TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China - for 2020 entry only.
  • Password Skills Test
You can find more information about these English Language tests on the Tests (visa) tab.

Further information

Full details of the University's English language requirements can be found in our English Language Policy.

We accept a wide range of English language tests and are continuously reviewing our English Language Policy to include additional tests for 2020.

Tests (visa)

We accept a wide range of English language tests. The tests on this page are the only ones we accept if you need a visa to study with us.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores. You will see these on each course page under the 'entry requirements' section.

Our typical IELTS scores are: IELTS for UKVI (Academic)/ IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 with at least IELTS 5.5 in each sub-skill. Individual undergraduate  and postgraduate course pages list if you need an overall IELTS score or sub-scores higher than this.

Valid only if you have taken the test within three years of the start of your course with us, and must be verifiable on the relevant official website.

Grades we usually accept from other qualifications

Grades we usually accept from other qualifications

Tests (no visa)

We also accept the following tests if you do not need a visa to study with us.

The scores and grades below are equivalent to our typical English Language requirements

Exemptions

You do not need to prove your English ability if you meet one of the criteria below.

  1. Within the last four years you have completed:
  • Either two academic years of undergraduate degree level study or 12 months of a masters level programme, in one of the countries below
  • Evidence of study and assessment in English may be required

      2. You are a national from one of the countries below:

    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • the Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • UK
    • USA