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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


To ensure that all participants on our Summer Programmes are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments 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 (that is, your 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 do not therefore need to provide further proof of English language proficiency.

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)

In order for your results to be verified by our office, please provide the following:

  • For IELTS Academic, IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Indicator: your certificate or Test Report Form (TRF) number
  • For CAE/C1 Advanced and CPE/C2 Proficiency: via the Cambridge Assessment Candidate Website: please give the University of Cambridge Summer Programmes permission to view your results
  • For TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition: your full 16-digit registration number and your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

* We recognise that some applicants may have undertaken all or part of their education in English and/or may have extensive experience using English on a regular basis in their professional life, and as such could reasonably be expected to fully participate in our Programmes without the above tests. If you think you may be eligible to apply on this basis (subject to submission of relevant evidence), you can tick the relevant box when applying and we will contact you in order to set up a call.