1. Postgraduate applicants to City, University of London
  2. English language requirements

English language requirements

If you have a conditional offer relating to an English language test, the minimum requirement for your programme can be found under the 'English Requirements' tab on the course webpage.

The University uses the IELTS as the standard English language condition within offers, but we also accept several English language tests – including TOEFL – as proof of eligibility. Please refer to our English Language requirements page for the full list of accepted tests which comply with Tier 4 visa rules.

Your conditional offer will be converted to an unconditional offer of admission if you demonstrate you have achieved the required English language score before the academic year begins. Your options for improving your English language score include:

  • enrolling in one of the Pre-Sessional English courses offered by INTO City, University of London
  • enrolling in an English course in your home country
  • improving your English through self-study, and independently re-sitting the English language test at your local testing centre in order to obtain the required mark.

Coronavirus update

We are aware that as a result of the pandemic, many English test centres are closed and exams have been cancelled.

We still require all relevant applicants to complete an English language assessment, if it has been communicated to them directly in the terms of their offer.

We would encourage all applicants who are unable to sit in-person English language qualifications to consider one of the following online qualifications:

We are constantly monitoring the development of equivalent courses and we will update this information over time.

English language qualification scores

We have conducted a comparison analysis and we will accept the following scores in the accepted online qualifications in lieu of the existing IELTS condition.

TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.0 IELTS 6.5 IELTS 7.0 IELTS 7.5
Listening 17 20 21 24 24
Reading 18 20 23 24 26
Speaking 20 20 22 23 27
Writing 17 22 24 27 26

Please use City's code 0870 on TOEFL website in order for your results to be shared with City.

LanguageCert International ESOL (online)

IELTS 5.5 - B2 Communicator Pass (combined written and oral test)
IELTS 6.0 - B2 Communicator Pass (combined written and oral test)
IELTS 6.5 - B2 Communicator High Pass (combined written and oral test)
IELTS 7.0 - C1 Expert Pass (combined written and oral test)
IELTS 7.5 - C1 Expert Pass (combined written and oral test)

INTO City Online Pre-sessional English course

If you enrol in the INTO City Online Pre-sessional English course, you will need to achieve a mark comparable to the minimum IELTS score required for your programme at the end of the course. Your test scores will be automatically sent to City.

Please contact the relevant Admissions Officer for further advice.