English language requirements
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught programmes
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level: this can be found in the Entry requirements of each of the programmes listed:
Frequently Asked Questions
Which English language qualifications do you accept?
- IELTS (from the British Council)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Cambridge exams: CAE & CPE
- Pearson Test of English
- Trinity College London ISE
We also accept an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree where the final two years have been completed in the UK or a UKVI approved 'majority English-speaking country' within the last 5 years.
If you are unsure what your level of English is, you can take a self-assessment test:
- Common European Framework self-assessment of English language level (this does not count as official evidence of your English)
How long is my test valid for entry to the University of Glasgow?
For all language tests listed above, the test must be no more than 2 years and 5 months old from the date you start your course. For degrees completed in the UK or a UKVI approved 'majority English-speaking country', you must have graduated no more than 5 years ago.
What if my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of pre-sessional courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.
What if my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Admissions:
What language level do I need for my visa?
If you are an international student who needs a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will require assessment of your English language proficiency.
For undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes, the University can make its own assessment of English language ability and therefore all the English language tests listed in the English language entry requirements are suitable to meet this requirement.
For pre-sessional courses that are below degree level, you will be required to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This can either be IELTS (Academic) for UKVI or Trinity College London ISE for UKVI.
Please note that you are exempt from the visa English language requirement if you are a national of a 'majority English-speaking' country as defined by the UKVI or hold a degree from a UKVI approved 'majority English-speaking' country.
For further information, see: