English language requirements

If English is not your native language or the language of instruction at your university, you will need to meet our English language requirements to be accepted onto one of our Study Abroad programmes. If you have an English language certificate that is not listed below, please contact us at global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk. 

The tests listed below are valid where they are taken no more than two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. Component scores must be met fully through one sitting of the test; we cannot combine scores from multiple certificates.

IELTS, TOEFL and DET required scores
ProgrammeIELTSTOEFL iBTDuolingo English Test (DET)**
Study Abroad Standard 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands 90 overall, minimum 20 in all parts Overall score 110

Study Abroad with English Language (STABEL)  

  • with six-week pre-sessional course
6.0 overall, minimum 5.5 in all bands 86 overall, minimum 18 in all parts Overall score 100

Study Abroad with English Language (STABEL) 

  • with ten-week pre-sessional course*
5.5 overall, minimum 5.0 in all bands Not applicable Overall score 95

* Please note that for the 10-week STABEL programme, students will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI from an authorised test centre, also known as a SELT, in order to apply.

**Due to the ongoing issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic affecting English language testing in some countries, we are also now able to accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) as proof of English language proficiency for the 2020/21 academic year.

English language support

If you want to improve your confidence with academic English while you study, English language units are also available to take as part of your Study Abroad programme. 

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