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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


To ensure that all participants on the International Summer Programme are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following discussions presented in written and spoken English at University level, and will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency. 

If English is not your first (native) language, you will need to meet our English language requirements, by providing evidence of one of the following tests. These results should have been achieved in the same sitting, and no more than 4 years before the date of your application.

Please note that if you have previously attended our University of Cambridge Summer Programmes you are deemed to have already met this requirement and will not need to provide further proof of English language proficiency. You will be asked to upload proof of English language proficiency when applying.

Qualification Required Score
IELTS (Academic),
IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Indicator
Minimum overall band score of 6.5 or above,
with no less than 6.0 in a maximum of one of the four components

C1 Advanced


CAE (Cambridge English Advanced)

Overall score of 180, with no element lower than 176


Grade A or B or 176 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale

C2 Proficiency


CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency)

Overall score of 200, with no element lower than 185


Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale

TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition Overall score of 92 (with no individual element below 22)

Applicants who have 'narrowly missed' the minimum required levels in one of the accepted English Language tests will need to have a video call with one of our team. 

We recognise that you may have undertaken all or part of your education in English and/or may have extensive experience using English on a regular basis in your professional life, and as such could reasonably be expected to fully participate in our Summer Programme without the above tests. If you think you may be eligible to apply on this basis, we ask you to provide evidence to support this: an employer recommendation or reference, a CV / link to your LinkedIn page, an article or website that shows your work.