U.K. Visas

Using TOEFL® Scores to Study in the U.K.

The TOEFL® test continues to be accepted for admissions by top universities and other institutions in the U.K. It is also accepted for Tier 4 student visas under certain conditions, even though it is no longer recognized as a secure English-language test (SELT) by the U.K. Home Office. Below is the most current guidance about the use of TOEFL iBT® scores for Tier 4 student visas.

Applicants for Tier 4 Student Visas

TOEFL iBT scores can be used for this purpose if the following conditions are met:

  • Your chosen U.K. university accepts the TOEFL iBT test for admission purposes. We suggest you contact the university you wish to apply to directly by phoning or emailing the admissions department.
  • Your course of study will be at degree level or higher. The test cannot be used for pre-sessional or foundation courses, or foundation degrees.
  • You meet the TOEFL iBT score requirement for university entry and your course of study. Please check the university website for TOEFL iBT score requirements as you may find each university has different requirements for the course that you intend to apply for.
  • You meet the TOEFL iBT scores at the B2 level set by the Home Office for immigration. TOEFL iBT scores at the B2 level approved by the Home Office are:
    • Total: 72
    • Reading: 18
    • Listening: 17
    • Writing: 17
    • Speaking: 20

Citizens of European Union (EU) Member Countries

A Tier 4 student visa is not required for students from European Union member countries. EU students may continue to use TOEFL scores at universities in the U.K. that accept the TOEFL test.


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