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Universities that don’t require IELTS

What is the first question that hovers your mind when it comes to the aspiration of studying abroad?And the obvious answer is- Yes, of course, the need to clear the language proficiency test scores. Studying in a foreign institute, calls for a thought of appearing and clearing examinations like IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT etc. This is believed to be a bane for the non-native English speakers. Here, it needs to be clarified that such tests like IELTS are the requirement of a university and not a country which brings us to a conclusion that there are many universities worldwide which offer education to foreign students without any language proficiency test certification.So in a way, IELTS is a way to prove your command over English language (through reading, writing, listening and speaking). Some universities observe this criteria while others let this section loose and don’t even ask for an IELTS certification. So this is totally based on their individual policies. When a student applies for Visa, he must apply for university first and check out its requirements to be fulfilled. There it gets cleared, if the IELTS examination needs to be appeared for or not. Such universities help the non-native English speakers get a chance to study abroad. Moreover, it saves a stiff cost of the students who are not able to clear the exam repetitively. Moreover, if you have not been able to clear the exam at first attempt, it not only adds to further expenses but will also consume your time. Also, securing a considerable score in these tests can prove to be a challenge for non-native English speakers. 

Following are a set of universities in the “STUDY ABROAD” offering countries which can be opted and applied for especially by the non- English speaking students:

Universities in USA

United States of America is the world’s biggest hub of education and caters to a hefty number of foreign students. Though it does not have many of those universities which accept students without IELTS yet there are about 45oo universities which do not give leverage to IELTS. This is in fact, a big number as compared to many other countries’ total universities. To name a few following are the most common universities in USA which do not require any criteria of IELTS certification.

·      University of Colorado

It is mandatory for the International students to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. If the student is from an English background or has studied for at least one year at a U.S. institution then they can easily enter this university. Moreover, countries like Botswana, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria are exempted from this proficiency test as well as IELTS scores.

·      California State University

It is a public university in California where international students need no IELTS score if they have already attended secondary school or/and graduate school with English medium of instruction. In fact there are some more countries which are waived off even from this arrangement as well.

·      Drexel University

This is a private research university. It has its campuses in Philadelphia and California. For international students, who have not met any language requirements, need to undergo two programs in this university. They are University Preparation Summer Program (UPREP) and Bridge Program.

·      State University of New York

This is also a public university system in Albany, New York. This university takes admission of non IELTS certified students provided they undertake the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

·      University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a public research university based in Iowa City. The university grants admission to students who are eligible but do not meet the English proficiency requirement. This university neither takes IELTS score nor does it impart any language proficiency course to its students who come from international backgrounds. Only the meritorious ones get through.

·      University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is a public research university situated in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) works for this university also instead of IELTS scoring.

·      University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is a private Roman Catholic national research university constructed in Dayton, Ohio. This university also offers courses to international non English speaking students who are otherwise qualified provided they undertake the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

·      University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is a public university located in Delaware. The university agrees to take international students who are acceptable on educational grounds except for English proficiency.

·      University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans is a public urban university. It is positioned in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. This university also grants conditional admission to international students who have cleared their secondary education or degrees from certain countries without any question for IELTS score.

 Universities in UK

·      The University of Bristol

University of Bristol is one of the renowned universities of UK which offers undergraduate and post graduate courses to all students including international students even without the requirement of IELTS score. This university has all types of engineering and accounting fields on its list.

·      Birmingham City University

This university is located in the centre of the city and offers a lot of course ranging from Accountancy & Business, Accountancy & Finance, Audit Management & Consultancy, Biomedical Engineering to Digital Broadcast Technology and a lot more. It admits candidates without an IELTS score.

·      Middlesex University

This university has numerous programmes to propose such as in Applied Statistics, Biochemistry, and Banking& Finance, Business & Legal Translation and Business Informatics & Data Analytics. IELTS is no criteria here too.

·      Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam, a known name in international students as well offers a number of degrees in fields like Animation & Digital Effects, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Accounting & Finance, Business Analytics, Applied Sport & Exercise Science and Biomedical Laboratory Sciences heeds no requirement of IELTS score band.

·      University of Warwick

University of Warwick is one of the prominent public research institutes. It overlooks IELTS for non-English speaker students and instead offers an English language test called PEPS. It offers courses like Business & Management, Engineering, Finance & Economics and Creative & Media Enterprises. 

·      London Southbank University

Unlike other universities it has its own system that it casts aside IELTS if the student has an International Baccalaureate Diploma or an Accredited UK Foundation Programme, with minimum 55% marks.  

·      Northumbria University

This is a university with difference in terms of its courses which make the student learn to solve some real world problems. Around 10% of its total student strength includes international students from over 100 countries. This university gives a waiver of IELTS only in the fields of Arts & Media Management, Computer & Digital Forensics, Creative Writing, Business & International Management, and applied Sport Science with Coaching, Architectural Engineering and Automotive Engineering.

·      University of Central Lancashire

UCLan is one of the fabled establishments in the UK. It has an International student base of around 9% of the total students and extends abundant degrees in the fields of Engineering, Business & Management, Social studies & Media and Travel & Hospitality. These international students have a freedom to apply without IELTS score.

Universities in Europe (other than UK)

Europe is full of options for international students who want to avoid IELTS score and yet get admission in this versatile continent. There are a few general rules that apply to all universities that fall under this category. They are:

  • Education of the candidate in the English language during five recent years of study and English being the first language at the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) or O-level (Ordinary Level).
  • Good communication skills.
  • Prior degree which has been taught only in English.


University of Oslo– At the University of Oslo, based in Norway only South African students are exempted in the English language pre-requisite. Other students from Africa and different parts of the world have to abide by the IELTS tests.


Germany is one of the best countries to study and work in Europe. It has a lot of affordable public universities. Many universities don’t require IELTS score too. The students instead require a MOI (Medium of Instruction) to authenticate their language proficiency. Some common names of these kind of universities are:

  1. University of Koblenz and Landau
  2. Esslingen University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Esslingen)
  3. Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig)


Apart from being a land of food and fashion, Italy is also a pivotal country which attracts students from all over the world to come and study in the best of its universities. Any of them just like Germany don’t need to check the IELTS score.


Ghent Universities– In this university, no IELTS tests need to be conducted. The only criteria is that the student must have a proof that he has studied English in his previous class.


Jagiellonian University-This is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Here students from all walks of life and different parts of the world can apply without appearing for an IELTS test if they have studied in English medium of instruction in their previous class.


Most universities in Sweden need an IELTS score but there are a few which can grant admission only on the basis that the student has studies English in previous course of study.For example: Lund University and Uppsala University.


InHolland University– Inholland University of Applied Sciences allows students only from South Africa to enter the institute and get enrolled even without IELTS.


RIGA Technical University-This University in Riga offers the best quality education at most affordable prices. It also waives off IELTS for the students who possess good command over English language and have studied English as the first language in High school.


University of Geneva-No compulsion of IELTS in this pioneering university in the field of Social Sciences, Law, Economics & Management, Theology and Psychology & Educational Sciences.


A country known for its art and culture also possesses wonderful universities which are full of content. These universities keep o barriers like IELTS for foreign students. Alternatively, an audio-video interview is taken or a proof of prior study of English is acknowledged. To name a few:

American Business School, Paris

EBS Paris

EPITA Graduate School of Computer Science

ESAIP School of Engineers

ESC Rennes School of Business, France

Universities in Australia

For the students who are non-English speakers but have the urge to study in Australia, the following universities give a golden chance. In order to be an eligible candidate for such universities student must have followed English as the medium of instruction in his higher secondary or he must have completed his previous study of a few years in some English speaking country or if the authorities of his undergraduate schools so certify.

Some of these Australian universities are:

No IELTS is required if the student’s primary language of instruction in previous education was English.

No IELTS is required if the student has studied English at the Swinburne English Language Centre or has English as his language of instruction in their previous education.

It is a public university where International students can study without an IELTS score if they meet the University’s English language minimum requirement or have completed a full-time course with English as their medium of instruction, or have worked in an English-speaking professional environment for at least of 5 years.

This is a public university where international students can take a direct entry to the degree program after completing a Pre-enrolment English Program (PEP) successfully before the initiation of the course.

It is also a public university that takes provisional applications under contemplation for international students who don’t reach the benchmark in English.

The university needs no IELTS score. High/secondary school or college completion with English as a medium of instruction will do.

It is a private non-profit university providing various substitutes to the IELTS test such as CAE, PTE.

For international students from the non-English speaking background, this university takes acceptance of substitute test scores such as PTE, CPE or CAE.

Macquarie University may provisionally give its suitable international students without an IELTS test an English preparation program at the Macquarie University English Language Centre.

Universities in Asia


After Singapore, Malaysian colleges and universities take pride in the field of education. Many universities like University of Malaya, University Sans Malaysia, etc. are doing a great job. Even they have centres worldwide. The medium of Instruction in almost 80% of Malaysian Universities is English so students coming from certified English speaking backgrounds need not clear any IELTS test.

Universities in Canada

Canada is an emerging student destination today which attracts students from different parts of the world. As per the requirements pertaining to the universities IELTS score is a prerequisite. But like other countries, Canada also houses a number of universities which don’t ask of an IELTS score. In such a case, a few other requirements in regard to the proficiency of the candidate in the English language has to be considered. This may include some prior certificates, documents supporting English as a medium of instructions in prior classes, etc. Apart from these general rules, students from a non-English country may be asked to provide a valid document supporting the education of three or more consecutive years in the English language. Apart from this, the students who have attained A- level or O-level examinations can also avoid appearing for IELTS. Last of all, some universities offer some extra language courses while studying to upgrade the student. Following are the universities that offer an exemption on IELTS score test:

In a nutshell, we can say that the need of IELTS arises in order to confirm that the students coming from different backgrounds are able to understand the common international language that is English as the whole system of education follows this medium of instruction. This test authenticates that the student can read, write, listen and speak in English properly and ensure a better learning experience. But some universities exempt this test keeping in mind the time and money involved in it. Instead, they have their own testing criteria’s, or they confirm through previous educational backgrounds or they offer a course in the English language simultaneously.