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All teaching and assessment on ICE's postgraduate-level programmes is in English. As a student, you should able to read, write and speak English fluently.

If you are applying to study a postgraduate-level course, you will be required to pass a language proficiency test at a high level before your admission can be confirmed. The University of Cambridge believes that it is in the student's interest that his or her language skills are at a very high level before he or she embarks on a course, and adherence to this requirement is strict. Students must be able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject.


The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the University's preferred test. Details can be obtained from your local British Council office.

There are two different types of IELTS test: Academic and General Training. You should choose the Academic test if you wish to study at ICE. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

Other English language tests

To study on courses at undergraduate level ICE will also accept the following as proof of English language skills:

  • TOEFL paper-based (PBT): 600, with 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • TOEFL internet-based (iBT): Overall score of 100, with no less that 25 in each element
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – at grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – at grade A or B

Please note that the English language requirements for certain courses may be higher than those noted above. This will be stated in the course information.

To improve your English language skills, please see the intensive English language training course run by the University’s Language Centre.

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