International students

For further information and guidance please see the University's new student portal for international students.

International student visa and entry clearance

For part-time programmes, summer schools and short courses it is usually possible for students living outside the UK to enter the UK for residential elements of the programme as a Student Visitor – please see the Student Visitor page provided by the Points Based Immigration Office for further information.

Students must ensure that they apply in sufficiently good time for the appropriate visas so that they are in a safe legal position to complete their course of study in Cambridge.

Request a letter from the Institute of Continuing Education confirming your enrolment on a course.

Please note that part-time students are not eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

Competence in the English language

All teaching and assessment is in English. Students whose first language is not English are asked to satisfy themselves and ICE that they have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE. Please be aware that less than native fluency in both spoken and written English may affect a student’s success on a course. We will ask for recent certification as part of the admissions process on some programmes.

International Summer School Programmes

Students wishing to attend the International Summer School Programmes should see the relevant guidance relating to English language competence.

Undergraduate-level awards

When applying to study a course for credit leading to a University award, students whose first language is not English should take a language proficiency test to show that they have the necessary command of the language. The minimum requirements must be achieved in the same sitting and no more than two years before the start of the course.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the University's preferred test. Details can be obtained from local British Council offices. There are two different types of IELTS, Academic and General Training; candidates wishing to study with the University should opt for the Academic test. 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.

We are currently unable to accept the TOEFL test due to UK Government restrictions.

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.

ICE will access your test results from the IELTS and TOEFL database. Students should supply on their application form their Test Report Form (TRF) number for IELTS or registration number and date of birth for TOEFL.

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

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – at grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – at grade A or B

Prospective students should enter their Candidate ID number and secret number on their application form to enable us to access their test results.

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

Postgraduate-level awards

Students applying to postgraduate courses and whose first language is not English are required to pass an English test at a high level prior to their admission being confirmed. The University 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 local British Council offices. 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.

We are currently unable to accept the TOEFL test due to UK Government restrictions.

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.

ICE will access your test results from the IELTS and TOEFL database. Students should supply on their application form their Test Report Form (TRF) number for IELTS or registration number and date of birth for TOEFL.

Cambridge area information

The following websites provide further information on Cambridge and the surrounding area.