English language requirements

English Language requirements for visa (non-EEA students)

If English if not your first language you will need to submit evidence of a good command of English before starting your programme of study.

English Language requirements are normally listed in terms of formal IELTS (International English Language Testing System). This is because IELTS is widely available at thousands of testing centres worldwide.


The University also recognises a range of other English Language tests and qualifications as well as those which are recognised by UK Visas and Immigration as being secure English language tests.

You will meet Swansea University's English Language requirements if...

  • You are a national of a majority English Language speaking country or you have completed two years of an undergraduate/Bachelors degree (or one year at postgraduate/Masters level) in English medium in one of these countries within the last three years.
  • Or you have been taught in English at secondary level or above in one of the countries listed, and you have passed one of the English Language qualifications, at or above the grade stated.
  • Or you have passed one of these English Language tests (e.g. IELTS), at or above the grade stated.

If your country/qualification is not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for information.

If you don't yet meet the requirements. don't worry ...

You can take an English language test at any test centre (not just SELT test centres) or with the Swansea University English Language Training Service.

Our English Language Training Services (ELTS) department can help you improve your English to the necessary standard. Studying at ELTS will improve your English Language skills before your start your academic studies, or while studying on Swansea University programmes. ELTS offer a range of British Council accredited programmes to meet your needs and help you to achieve your academic and English Language goals.

You will be placed in multinational classes of up to 18 students and will be taught by qualified and experienced teachers at the University's Emily Phipps Building, set in beautiful woodland and only 10 minutes by car from the main campus and city centre.

As fully enrolled students of the University, ELTS students enjoy access to library, computing and sports facilities as well as the full range of Student Support Services and the International Student Advisory Service.

Please note: If there is any doubt about your English Language ability, Swansea University reserves the right to require you to achieve a satisfactory score in a recognised English Language Test, or to pass a test, set and assessed by ELTS.