All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English, with the exception of some language-specific teaching, and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start. Depending on the course, applicants need to illustrate either a standard or higher level of ability in English.
Only the following courses accept the standard level: Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. All other courses require the higher level. Details of standard and higher level score requirements across a range of different tests (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE etc) can be found on the University Website.
Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have:
- Studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
- Studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL)
- Been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15th October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.
You do not need to submit evidence of your English Language proficiency when you make your UCAS application.
If you have already achieved the required grade, please include the details along with your other qualifications in the appropriate section of your UCAS application.
If you have not yet achieved the required grade, this will form part of any conditional offer, and must be met by 31st July in the year after you apply.
If you require a student visa, the University will vouch for your English language ability on your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) provided you have achieved the University’s required results in one of the English language tests accepted by the University or you have been granted an English language test waiver by your college. When submitting your student visa application, you will not be required to provide additional evidence of your English language ability.