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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language skills. Specific English language requirements are listed on each individual course page. Here we give you an overview of the English language qualifications we accept.

Secure English language tests

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications. View the full list of approved SELT.

English language qualifications

As a recognised UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved sponsor, the University of Stirling is able to make its own assessment of each applicant's English language ability when issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for degree-level study and does not need to base the assessment on a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

What qualifications do we accept?

We’ll continue to accept all of the following English language qualifications:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Some exams may be suspended in areas where local COVID-19 restrictions apply. For the latest information relating to dates for IELTS tests, please refer to the IELTS website. For booking an IELTS test in China, you can find exam details on its official site.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE)
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (IBT TOEFL)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (Trinity ISE)
  • Aptis
  • INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)

Alternative (non-SELT) online tests we accept

The University now also accepts four online English Language tests which can be presented as evidence of language proficiency. Applicants who require a Student visa and cannot obtain a Secure English Language Test (SELT) due to COVID -19 disruption to testing,  can now submit any one of the following alternative tests with their degree application:

  • IELTS Academic (not available mainland China)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2
  • TOEFL iBT (Special Home Edition) (not available mainland China)

Please note:

Applicants should note that the guidance may change in some regions as normal test centres re-open and a SELT tests become available.

English language requirements vary depending on your chosen course. Please view our individual course pages for further information.

Applicants from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria should check our country/region-specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

Waiving an English language condition

We’ll waive our English language requirements for those who meet one of the statuses below:

English language conditions
Column one describes statuses, column two lists the countries this status applies to
StatusCountries

Those who have previously completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country (as defined by the UK government)

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

Those who are nationals from ‘majority English-speaking’ countries (as defined by the UK government)

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

If you’re a postgraduate student, we may waive the English language condition if you can provide evidence that your undergraduate degree was taught and examined fully in English.

We’ll also waive the need for a formal English language qualification if you meet certain criteria, depending on whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student. For more detailed information on when we’ll waive an English language requirement, please go to the following pages:

Any questions about English language requirements?