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The TOEFL iBT test is accepted for admissions by 100% of all U.K. universities, including the prestigious Russell Group universities.
If you are a citizen of the European Union and arrive before January 1, 2021, you can study in the U.K. without a student visa.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and intend to arrive in the U.K. on or after January 1, 2021, you will need to apply for a student visa under the U.K. government's new 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.
Using the TOEFL iBT Test for Student Route Visas
The U.K. Home Office now uses a points-based system for issuing a Student route visa. International students must 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 intend 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 are coming from outside Western Europe, you will need a visa in order to do so. If you plan to stay for 90 days or more, you'll also need a Long-Stay Visa or residence permit.
You must 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 in which you plan to study, along with whatever documentation and evidence they require. This may include:
- a valid passport
- letter of acceptance
- medical insurance
- proof of language proficiency
- proof that you are 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:
- Are You Ready to Study in Europe?
- Studying in the European Union and the European Economic Area
- The Schengen Visa
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.
Learn more about the requirements for Irish study visas.
1 Source: Survey of 59 admissions officers at French universities and 100 admissions officers at German universities.