English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English.

If English is NOT your first language, you will need to show that you meet our English language requirements. This means you need a valid, recent, English language qualification.

Accepted English language qualifications include:

  • IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale
  • International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required
  • European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

For the full range of accepted English language qualifications, check the drop-down menu below. Some of these tests can be taken online if necessary.

If you need a Student visa and do not fall under one of the following criteria, you will need one of the qualifications in the drop-down menu:

  • You’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in or are a resident and passport holder of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.
  • You’re a national of Canada.
  • You have studied in the UK before as a Tier 4 (Child) student or you hold a degree or HND from the UK.
  • You’re applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a US university degree course.

Applicants who do not need a Student visa to study in the UK, but whose native language is not English will still need an appropriate English language qualification. 

If you have a different English language qualification to those listed below, please contact the International Office with the details of your qualification.

Accepted English language qualifications:

For BSc Mental Health Nursing and MSc Counselling, the English language requirements are higher with an overall score of 7.0 for IELTS, or an equivalent qualification.


SELT Providers

Here are some of the approved SELT providers, and the UK government website for the full list of approved tests/providers

Please note these are third-party websites and we are not responsible for the content.

If you need more help, please contact us for more information.

If you don't require a Student visa to study in the UK, and you have a different English language qualification to those listed above, please contact the International Office