International students need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of English language in order to be able to benefit from and participate in all academic activities at the University of Southampton.
International students whose first language is not English are required either:
- to reach a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English or
- to have obtained a first degree from a university based in the UK that has been taught and assessed in English, or
- to have been instructed and assessed in English and come from a country which appears on the list of those exempt from testing.
Some students may also be advised to complete a pre-sessional English language programme or to attend support English language lessons during term time, provided by the University's Centre for Language Study.
Please note that some courses may have higher English language entry requirements. If you are unsure about the requirements for your course, contact the International Office or the relevant Faculty for guidance. We will need to see your original certificate unless when it is possible to verify your results online, for example in the case of IELTS and TOEFL.
Please click here for current English language requirements, a list of qualifications and tests the university of Southampton recognises and a list of exempt countries.