English language requirements

Your English language skills need to be good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and examined in English. We usually require international students who are not native speakers of English to sit the IELTS examination and to offer an overall score of 7.5 with no individual element under 7.0. Many international applicants take the IELTS before they apply to King's and include the certificate with their high school transcript.

Since we interview most of our applicants, we also use the interview (along with any written work or tests that are required for your course) to assess your communication skills in English. Some international students study English as part of their school qualifications - it is not a question of exactly which exams you have taken, but rather how good your English is when we meet you.

If you have not already taken the IELTS examination we may include an English language requirement as a condition of any offer we make in January. You would then have until the following August to sit the IELTS examination and provide us with evidence that you have achieved the required grades. Please note that we always specify the IELTS examination rather than any alternative English language test. Some students will not be set an IELTS condition because we are already happy with their level of English.

Students who will need a visa should note that there are UK entry language requirements as well. See the UK Visas and Immigration website. Students applying for overseas interviews should check the requirements for their interview location.

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Can you read and discuss complex ideas in English? Credit: Carl Lender