English Language requirements for visiting students

We understand the anxiety around whether offer holders and new applicants will be able to secure the requirements they need for entry in 2021/22.

In particular, with English language testing centres in different countries closed, we know you may be concerned about your ability to demonstrate that the English language requirement has been met.

We have reviewed the various English testing options which are available and can now offer some flexibility to reassure offer holders and new applicants of your ability to meet these requirements.

IELTS 

  • Where an offer holder has taken two IELTS tests within 6 months of each other, and through a combination of these tests has met the English language requirements, the University will accept the combined scores. 
  • The validity of an IELTS test will be extended from 2 years and 5 months prior to the date of entry to 4 years 5 months.  
  • We are currently reviewing the new Indicative Test offered by IELTS and will update on this in due course. 

TOEFL  

  • The University of Glasgow will accept the TOEFL At Home test at our usual TOEFL scores.
  • We will also accept TOEFL MyBest.
  • The validity of a TOEFL test will be extended from 2 years and 5 months prior to the date of entry to 4 years 5 months. 

Duolingo

Duolingo will be accepted for entry to our Pre-Sessional English and degree level programmes with standard English language requirements with the following scores:

  • 115 – direct entry to degree programme 
  • 105 – direct entry to degree programme with compulsory in-sessional English support 

Other qualifications 

  • The University already accepts BALEAP-accredited online and offline Pre-Sessional programmes at other UK institutions. 
  • Where an offer holder has studied at least two years of an undergraduate degree in English in a country which speaks English as a primary language or at an institution in their home country on a Trans-National Education opportunity, and has successfully passed that degree, no further evidence of English language will be required. 
  • Where an offer holder has studied a postgraduate degree taught fully in English at an overseas institution based in their home country, and has successfully passed that degree, no further evidence of English language will be required. 

Where an offer holder is unsure whether their English language meets the University entry requirements, they are encouraged to contact the University with evidence of their existing achievement for assessment. Contact the Visiting Students team at: visiting-students@glasgow.ac.uk

The above measures are in response to the issues around the Coronavirus epidemic and the difficulties it has  brought, and are not intended to reflect a change in admissions policies generally