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Language Requirements

To ensure that all participants on our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning 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.

If English is not your first (that is, your native) language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency, in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 2 years before the date of application):

Qualification Required Score
IELTS Academic or
IELTS Academic for UKVI
Minimum overall band score of 6.5 or above
(with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency) Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
CAE (Cambridge English (Advanced) Grade A or B or 193 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale


Alternatively, 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. On this basis, you could reasonably be expected to fully participate in our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning without the above tests.

The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon), Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)