3. Knowledge of English
You must prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.
This usually means passing a secure English language test (SELT).
|Where you’re studying||What you’re studying||Knowledge of English needed||Level|
|Higher education institution (HEI)||Degree level or above||Reading, writing, listening and speaking||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2|
|Institution that’s not HEI||Degree level or above||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B2|
|Any institution||Below degree||SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking||CEFR level B1|
HEIs can choose how to assess a student’s knowledge of English. They must still be at:
- CEFR level B2 if you’re studying at a degree level or higher
- SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking and CEFR level B1 if you’re not studying at a degree level
If you have to pass a SELT, it must be from an approved provider.
Check the full visa guidance for detailed information.
You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
You also don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following apply:
- you’re a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above
- you have studied in the UK before as a Tier 4 (Child) student
- you’re applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA