English language support
One of the entry requirements for courses at the University of Southampton is an appropriate level of English. The qualifications tables in the downloads section of this page list the English language qualifications currently accepted by the University, as well as the minimum grade usually required.
However, 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 academic unit for guidance. In all cases, your English language certificate should normally have been obtained within the last three years prior to the application.
In accordance with University regulations, international students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of ability to communicate in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Or you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.
This is applicable to all overseas students except those from countries named by the University as being exempt from testing.
The Centre for Language Study in Humanities can provide a choice of English language classes to suit your needs. The Centre is a member of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP).
You could choose to take a pre-sessional course in English for academic purposes in the summer before your formal studies begin. There are different options lasting from four to 18 weeks depending on your initial ability, and the pre-sessional fee includes accommodation. To bring your standard up from IELTS 4.5-5.0, another option might be to take a year-round course. All these options are full time.
The University also provides English language support throughout the academic year. This can be particularly useful if you find, once your course has begun, that you would benefit from extra help with English for academic purposes.
For more information visit the Centre for Language Study website.
If you have any general queries about English language requirements contact the International Office.
If you are from outside the European Union, tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9699
If you are from a country in the European Union, tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2772