International students living in India who speak English as a second language and are looking to study in the UK, need to meet specific requirements.
All non-native English-speaking students need to legally prove, by law, that they have a B2-level appropriate score. However, some universities may demand a score that is higher than the minimum score set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKIV). Universities will request that you legally show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English Language, to be able to understand and complete the course successfully. All degree programmes in the UK are taught in English. Therefore, you will need to demonstrate your level of understanding and fluency, both in writing and speaking, of the English language. This will ensure that you can complete your programme of study, while also benefitting fully from the experience.
Here are a few of the commonly accepted tests:
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org
- TOEFL: Test Of English As A Foreign Language www.ets.org
- UCLES: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
It is important to check the guidelines and requirements of the university in terms of their minimum scores in any of these mentioned above, or other tests. We encourage a visit to UKVI for any additional information on the subject.
Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, it is worth noting that universities are expanding how graduates can meet the requirements. Some have relaxed the standard English requirement by 0,5 IELTS for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate Masters, to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. No reduction, however, will be made below the permitted UKIV minimum levels.
It may seem daunting, but thousands of students who speak English as a second language successfully graduate with a degree every year.