IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test for education, employment and emigration worldwide. It is recognised by more than 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries and is the world’s most popular English language test, with over 2,9 million tests taken globally in the last year.

 

Study in the UK with IELTS

Over 1,000 UK universities and other institutions of higher education accept IELTS as proof of proficiency in the English Language. The IELTS test gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

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Visit our Study in the UK pages to find out more about studying in the UK, and how to apply for a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

 

Study in the USA with IELTS

Take IELTS to prove that you have the English language skills needed to study in the USA. Over 3,000 higher educational institutions and programmes (e.g. visiting programmes, Fulbright scholarships, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, MBAs) in the USA accept IELTS as proof of English language proficiency.

Major institutions all over the USA recognise that IELTS gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English. IELTS is:

  • trusted by the USA’s top 25 universities
  • accepted by all Ivy League colleges
  • used for admission to programmes at the top 50 US universities with the most international students.

A good IELTS score will help you to get into the institution of your choice.

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Study or work in Europe with IELTS

Did you know that thousands of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes across Europe are either fully or partially taught in English? Many European institutions of higher education – including a large number of private and state universities – already accept IELTS scores as part of their English language entry requirements.

Numerous private employers, professional bodies and government agencies in Europe also recognise that IELTS gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

Find out who accepts IELTS in Europe.

IELTS and Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) 

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. IELTS has been carefully mapped onto this international scale, established by the Council of Europe, meaning that you can use IELTS for professional and educational recognition within the European Union.

IELTS scores  CEFR level 
< 4.0 Below Β1
4.0–5.0 B1
5.5–6.5 Β2
7.0–8.0 C1
8.5–9.0 C2

Study or work in Australia with IELTS

Take IELTS to prove you that have the English language skills needed to study, work or migrate to Australia. Almost 900 higher education institutions and programmes in Australia accept IELTS as proof of English language proficiency.

Study or work in Australia

A large number of universities, private colleges and other institutions of higher education, as well as private employers, professional bodies and government agencies in Australia recognise that IELTS gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

Our online search facility gives full details of all Australian organisations that accept IELTS.

Find out more about studying in Australia from organisations such as Study in Australia.

Migrate to Australia

IELTS is an integral part of the immigration process under the Australia Migration Visa, and is required for the principal applicant as well as their spouse and adult dependents over the age of 18.

You will need to check the IELTS scores required, as well as which version (Academic or General Training) of the IELTS test is needed in Australia before registering for IELTS.

You can find out more about immigration and student visa application procedures by visiting the Australian Government: Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Study or work in Canada with IELTS

Study or work in Canada

Take IELTS to prove that you have the English language skills needed to study in Canada. IELTS is the preferred English language test and is recognised by over 300 educational institutions in Canada.

A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is well-regarded in business, government and academic circles worldwide. IELTS can help you study at a university of your choice and advance your career. Find out who accepts IELTS in Canada on our online database.

Migrate to Canada

Canada ranks as one of the top ten places in the world to live in according to a United Nations survey. Canada’s major cities – including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa – are known for their high standard of living, cultural activities and safety, all of which make them attractive places to live and work.

IELTS was the first test to be recognised by Canada’s immigration authorities, so if you would like to move to Canada, IELTS is the right test for you. You can find more information about immigration procedures on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Studying abroad: Planning advice

Applying to study in your preferred country takes careful planning. Use our checklist to record your progress.

Up to 3 years before enrolment

Find the college or university of your choice, and check which version of IELTS you need to take and the IELTS score required. 

  • Maintain a good academic record at your current institution.
  • Find your nearest IELTS test centre, check for a convenient date and book your test. You should plan to take the test around 12–14 months before enrolment on your course. See IELTS test dates, fees and locations for details.
  • Start preparing for IELTS – even if you are a native English speaker. You should familiarise yourself with the format and timing of the test.
  • Find out if the institutions you are interested in require an admission test. Start planning to take the test(s) required by your chosen institutions.

15–18 months before enrolment

Look at information sources about studying abroad such as:

12–14 months before enrolment

Take the IELTS test and receive your score within 13 days. Visit Courses and resources for ideas about how to do better next time if you did not achieve the required score.

  • Prepare a folder for each institution you want to apply to so that you can keep all your forms, receipts and correspondence organised.
  • Read all application materials carefully and make sure you meet all the required deadlines.
  • Create an application calendar to stay on track.

10–12 months before enrolment

  • Complete the application(s) for admission to the the institution(s) you have chosen.
  • Complete your applications for any financial aid and/or scholarships you want to apply for.
  • Check the visa requirements (if any).

6–9 months before enrolment

At this stage you should know which institutions have accepted you as a student.

3 months before enrolment

If required, ensure your visa application is progressing as required.