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Is it Possible to Get a UK Study Visa Without IELTS?

by Sophia Jennifer

The United Kingdom is well known for its world-class education system. UK is home to some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions like Oxford University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics and University of London etc. Studying in the United Kingdom is like a dream come true for any international student but it is not easy to get a study visa in the UK. Apart from other academic requirements applicants also need to fulfil the language proficiency test minimum criteria asked by the university. 

As the title of this article asked, ‘Is it possible to get a UK study visa without IELTS?’

The answer is YES, it is possible to get a study visa and study in the UK without appearing in the IELTS exam which is an English language assessment test. IELTS is  worldwide accepted by academic institutions around the world to evaluate the language skills of potential study-abroad students. 

Applicants need to fulfil the following criteria to get the UK study visa without IELTS:

  • Acceptance letter from the university in which the applicant wants to enrol.
  • Academic documents attested by the university at home giving MOI certificate (medium of instruction).
  • Applicants can also appear in the Secure English Languge Test (SELT) mandated by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). SELT is also proof of English language proficiency without the IELTS exam.

To get a UK study visa, a student’s first requirement is to receive an acceptance letter from the university. There are some top universities in the UK that have created an alternative system of IELTS exams like an online personal interviews, 70% and above marks in English in high school, English as a major at UG level and pre-sessional English courses offered by the university. 

Here is the list of university offer acceptance letter to the students without IELTS exam score. 

  • University of Greenwich 
  • University of Plymouth
  • Northumbria University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Northampton
  • Portsmouth University
  • University of Central Lancashire 
  • University of Bristol
  • Aston University
  • Brunel University
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Essex
  • University of Bolton

It is possible to get a UK study visa without an IELTS exam after fulfilling the criteria defined by the UK universities. These criteria too vary among universities depending upon the program student wants to enrol in as well as the student’s profile. Still, we advise students to appear in the IELTS exam and get the qualifying score mentioned by the university. It will not only increase the number of university and courses options for the students but language proficiency test scores whether IELTS, TOELF, PTE etc will also help students to become eligible to avail of the scholarship award offered by both universities or from outside sources.

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