To study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations.

We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Please use the checklist below to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

1. Are you a national of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or The United States of America?

If YES then no further evidence will be required of your English language proficiency.
 

2. Have you undertaken or are you undertaking a qualification equivalent to a Honours degree in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Ireland, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or The United States of America?

If YES then all we require is a copy of your transcript or certificate.
 

3. Have you undertaken one of the high/senior school qualifications on our approved list and achieved the minimum grade within the last ten years?

If YES then all we require is a copy of your high school transcript and certificate.
 

4. Have you undertaken or are you undertaking a qualification equivalent to a UK Honours degree in a non-majority English speaking country which has been fully delivered, assessed, and examined in English?

If YES then all we require is a copy of your transcript or certificate, translated into English. If these documents do not specify that the qualification was fully delivered, assessed and examined in English, you may need to provide a letter from your institution to that effect.

5. Have you achieved the required grades in a recognised English language test as shown in the table below?

If YES then all we require is a copy of your certificate, which we will verify with the awarding organisation. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

If NO you will need to register for one of the tests listed below and achieve the required grade prior to commencement of your studies with us, we will make this a condition of your offer.

Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

The standard English Language criteria for undergraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are listed below (referred to as Undergraduate Standard). Please note that this standard does not apply to Medicine (MB ChB) where a higher level of English is required. Alternative English Language qualifications are NOT accepted for Medicine (MB ChB) applicants.

   Undergraduate Standard  Medicine (MBChB)

*University of Aberdeen Academic English Pre sessional programmes
Currently online
Valid for one year, refresher can be offered if out of date

Pass Pass

University of Aberdeen Academic English Preparation Programme

Valid for one year, refresher can be offered if out of date

Pass at Level Four Pass at Level Four

Pre-sessional Academic English

Preparation Programmes undertaken at other UK HEI’s, accredited by BALEAP

Pass Pass
IELTS Academic (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

Listening - 5.5 or above

Reading - 5.5 or above

Speaking - 5.5 or above

Writing - 6.0 or above

Overall - 6.0

Listening - 5.5 or above

Reading - 5.5 or above

Speaking - 7.0 or above

Writing - 6.0 or above

Overall - 7.0

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition (online)

The University accepts MyBest scores for the TOEFL iBT test in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date

TOEFL DI code is 0818

Listening - 17 or above

Reading - 18 or above

Speaking - 20 or above

Writing - 21 or above

Overall - 78

Listening - 21 or above

Reading - 22 or above

Speaking - 28 or above

Writing - 21 or above

Overall - 100

Cambridge B2 First or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Listening - 162 or above

Reading - 162 or above

Speaking - 162 or above

Writing - 169 or above

Overall - 169

Listening - 162 or above

Reading - 162 or above

Speaking - 185 or above

Writing - 169 or above

Overall - 185

Duolingo English Test (online from July 2019)

Overall 105

Minimum of 90 in the sub scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production

Not accepted
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken) All Skills B2 Not accepted
PTE Academic

Listening - 59 or above

Reading - 59 or above

Speaking - 59 or above

Writing  - 59 or above

Overall - 59 or above

Listening - 59 or above

Reading - 59 or above

Speaking - 70 or above

Writing  - 59 or above

Overall - 70 or above

Trinity ISE – Trinity Integrated Skills in English Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills. Pass overall at ISE III with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.