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✔ Accepted by the top European universities and most preferred in France and Germany¹

✔ Accepted by 100% of universities in Ireland

The TOEFL iBT test is accepted for admissions by 100% of all U.K. universities, including the prestigious Russell Group universities.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you’ll need to apply for a student visa under the U.K. government's Student route.

You can find more information about living and studying in the U.K. on the U.K. Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.


U.K. Admissions Officers Say “Yes” to the TOEFL iBT® Test


Stand out to universities across the United Kingdom. See what real U.K. admissions officers had to say about accepting TOEFL iBT test scores.

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Thumbnail image showing a UK admissions flyer. Admissions officers discuss their acceptance of the TOEFL iBT test

The U.K. Home Office now uses a points-based system for issuing a Student route visa. International students need to meet the requirement of 70 points, and the English-language requirement counts for 10 of the 70 points.

The TOEFL iBT test is accepted for the English-language requirement of Student route visas under certain conditions. Universities are permitted by the Home Office to choose how to assess applicants' English-language abilities. Under this provision, a university may issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for students with scores from an English test that is not formally recognized by the U.K. Home Office as a Secure English Language Test (SELT), including the TOEFL iBT test.

In order to use your TOEFL iBT scores in this way, the following conditions need to be met:

  • Your chosen U.K. university accepts the TOEFL iBT test for admissions purposes. Check the university website, or contact the admissions department directly, to confirm that they accept TOEFL iBT scores for applications to study at degree level or above.
  • You meet the TOEFL iBT score requirements for university entry and your course of study. Be sure to check the university website for TOEFL iBT score requirements as you may find each university has different requirements depending on the course you want to apply for.
  • You meet the TOEFL iBT score requirements set by the Home Office for immigration. These scores are:
    • For University Degree Level Courses – B2 level
      • Total: 72
      • Reading: 18
      • Listening: 17
      • Writing: 17
      • Speaking: 20

If you plan to study within the European Union or wider Schengen area and you’re coming from outside Western Europe, you’ll need a visa. If you plan to stay for 90 days or more, you'll also need a Long-Stay Visa or residence permit.

You need to be accepted by a reputable institution in the EU country prior to applying. To apply for these documents, you'll need to submit your application to the country where you plan to study, along with any documentation and evidence they require. This may include:

  • a valid passport
  • letter of acceptance
  • medical insurance
  • proof of language proficiency
  • proof that you’re able to pay tuition fees and support yourself

It typically takes about a month to process, though it can take as long as 90 days. If you haven't received a response within 90 days, it's likely that you were denied, and you should reach out to the visa office for more information.

For more information on studying in Europe, see:

If you plan to study in Ireland, you have a choice of where you can take your TOEFL iBT test — in a test center or at home with the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. 100% of Irish universities accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition without conditions.

1 Source: Survey of 59 admissions officers at French universities and 100 admissions officers at German universities.