What is an IELTS exam? Firstly, let us explain what 'IELTS' is and your options when it comes to this section of your application.
IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System. It's the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
You’ll be assessed on the following elements:
If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.
But the question is.... Can you get a student visa in UK without IELTS? Yes, it's possible! IELTS is not always required when you want to study abroad. Some universities will offer an alternative when it comes to passing your English language requirement, and we're here to explain more.
When can you study in the UK without IELTS?
There are multiple situations when you can study at UK without IELTS. The first one is based on your Standard 12 English score. Some universities will accept this instead of an IELTS. For example, if you have scored above 70% in the Standard 12 English, IELTS is not required. You'll need the usual documents to go ahead with your application, such as your CV, the Standard 12 certificates, Bachelor mark sheets, Passport copy, as well as the SOP and LOR. What this means is, you come to the UK without IELTS and still study at a local university.
Are there universities that accept you to study UK without IELTS?
Absolutely, there are many of them. If you want to find out more, get in touch with us and we'll be able to advise what your options are if you don't meet the IELTS requirements. That being said, it's always best to sit the exam to broaden your choices. At lyfe overseas, we do offer IELTS coaching, we can give you some tips and advice on how to pass the exam. We also have lots of other services we offer - take a look here!
Exceptions and things to consider
If you had your Bachelors taught in English, then some universities may accept this instead of an IELTS certificate. However, this is less common for UK universities, so you have to check and see what they are accepting and what approach they have regarding this route.
In this case where IELTS is not needed, the university will ask that your Bachelors was taught in English from a State or NARIC approved University. To support this, they will ask for an MOI (medium of instruction) letter from the University to evidence that their course was taught in English. Again, this is less common, but is certainly a way in which you can study in the UK without IELTS!
One thing is certain, these are ways to study in the UK without IELTS. It’s important to keep an open mind with this and understand it may not always be possible. In most cases, we'd advise getting the exam done and improve you English language skills. You'll need a good level of English to get the most out of your course and to enjoy your experience in a new country! It'll also enhance your chances of finding a job once you've graduated. Overall, it is possible with IELTS!