SOAS University of London

International Students

Changes to UK government Secure English Language Tests

The UK government lists qualifications it considers Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) for visa purposes. Currently only Trinity ISE taken inside the UK and UKVI IELTS taken at UK government-approved test centres around the world are the SELTS we will accept. You can find more information about the changes on the UK Visas and Immigration webpages:

Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

The government allows universities to accept non-SELT qualifications as evidence of English language proficiency, and SOAS accepts all the qualifications listed on our English language requirements webpages, including all IELTS qualifications, for direct entry to its undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses providing B1 level scores have been achieved.

For the 4 and 8 week uncoditional Pre-sessional programmes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate admissions) for direct unconditional entry and for entry with an In-sessional recommendation or requirement,  we are able to accept a variety of English language tests from visa and non-visa applicants, such as IELTS Academic, TOEFL IBT or At Home or Pearson Academic test of English, and Duolingo.


Students who wish to find out more information about English requirements for the different Pre-sessional courses at SOAS should consult the SOAS Pre-sessional web pages.

Study Abroad

Students applying for Study Abroad courses (Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus programmes) should consult the Study Abroad web pages.


Students applying for courses offered by IFCELS (such as FDPS, ICC or ELAS or IFCELS summer school programmes) should consult the web pages below and are advised to contact IFCELS for any further information about English language requirements.

SOAS Academic Summer School

Students applying for SOAS Academic Summer school programmes are advised to contact the SOAS Academic Summer school team at about their English requirements.