Universities Providing Waiver

Yes, you can study in the UK without taking the IELTS if you apply to specific universities that have different requirements. These requirements could include an undergraduate degree in English, proof of above 60% in English in classes XI and XII, or pre-sessional language courses that are open to international students. Reaching the decision to pursue further education is a big decision, and finding the correct path is essential. International students find the United Kingdom to be an appealing choice due to its diversified culture, world-class universities, and rich history. The prospect of studying in the UK without having to take the IELTS is one notable feature that has drawn interest.

Universities Providing Waivers for Nepali Students

University-College-Birmingham University College Birmingham
Bachelor's Degree - GPA 2.8/B in English
Masters Degree - GPA 2.8/B (5 years of grade 12)
University-of-Wolverhampton University of Wolverhampton
Bachelor's - B, 65% in Grade 12 English
Masters - B or 70% in Grade 12 English(5 years)
University-for-the-Creative-Arts University for the Creative Arts
65% in English or GPA 2.6 in English
University-of-East-London University of East London(Malvern International)
Foundation B+/70% in Grade 12 english+ MOI
Bachelors- B+/70% in Grade 12 english+ MOI
Masters- B+/70% in Grade 12 English MOI
Unviersity-of-South-Wales University of South Wales
Grade 12 English 65%+MOI (Kathmandu Student only)

Case Study - University of Sunderland | Studiosity University of Sunderland
Grade 12 English 70%/ Grade B 
University of Roehampton - Wikipedia University of Roehampton
Grade B+ in Grade 12 English 
File:York St John University 2019 logo.svg - Wikipedia York St John University
First division+MOI
Jobs with University of Worcester | Leisurejobs University of Worcester
Grade B in Grade 12 English 

Studying in the United Kingdom:

Some of the best universities in the world, offering a broad range of courses across multiple areas, are located in the United Kingdom. Students can immerse themselves in a top-notch educational experience anywhere from the vibrant city campuses of London to the ancient halls of Oxford and Cambridge.

Why the United Kingdom?

  • Academic Excellence: The UK is known for its competitive academic programmes and innovative research. It has a long history of academic greatness.
  • Cultural Diversity: Studying in the UK offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in a multicultural melting pot. Students' perceptions can be expanded by interacting with individuals from different backgrounds.

Studying in the UK Without IELTS

For international students, the standard approach involves proving English language competency via standardised assessments like IELTS. However, some universities in the United Kingdom have implemented alternate methods for evaluating proficiency in languages. Here are the few alternative for IELTS:

  1. English Language Waiver: Depending on the applicant's prior academic success or educational experience, multiple universities waive their requirement for English language proficiency. It's possible that graduates of English-medium schools won't need to take the IELTS exam. Remember that in order to meet the requirements of the waiver, each university has its own standards for the English language grades of your high school.
    To apply for a waiver, you are required to provide a Medium of instruction (MOI) to the university. MOI is the language in which academic courses and instruction are delivered. For example, if a university's medium of instruction is English, it indicates that all lectures, exams, and coursework are given in English. This is required for the universities that provide a waiver.
  2. Pre-sessional English classes: To assist students in strengthening their language skills before beginning their academic programmes, many universities offer pre-sessional English classes. If these courses are completed successfully, they can be used as an IELTS substitute.
  3. Duolingo English Test: The Duolingo English Test is recognised by some universities as a substitute for standard language competency assessments. The reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are evaluated in this online test.
  4. Oxford EELT Test: The Oxford English Language Level Test (ELLT) is a test of English proficiency meant to assess your level of English for education or employment. The ELLT is developed and given by Oxford International Digital Institute and is trusted by hundreds of thousands of test takers each year.
  5. TOEFL: TOEFL is a standardized test meant to measure non-native English speakers' English language skills, particularly those who intend to study or work in English-speaking areas.

When can you study in the UK without IELTS?

  1. If your school's major language of learning was English
    In Nepal these days,"English-medium" schools are rather common.
    You can demonstrate your English language ability by proving that you attended an English-medium school or university. Based on your performance in English-medium schools, many universities will accept this. You can study in the UK without taking the IELTS by applying to these universities.
  2. If your university evaluates your language proficiency using your X and XII English marks
    Your class XII English subject marks are another factor that many UK universities take into account when considering your language skills. Make sure you receive at least 60% on your English scores on final examinations so that UK universities will consider you for the waiver.

Benefits from Studying Without an IELTS

  • Accessibility: The application procedure is now more open to a wider range of students, including those who might find it difficult to take standardised tests.
  • Flexibility: Without the added stress of getting ready for an English proficiency test, students can concentrate on other components of their application, such as their academic accomplishments and personal statements.

International students might have an unforgettable time studying in the UK. More students are now able to think about the UK as a suitable destination for their academic journey, since they have the choice to pursue university without having to take the IELTS exam. The way that the educational landscape is changing is a reflection of how institutions are able to adjust to the demands of an increasing variety and international student body. Therefore, the UK is ready to welcome students from all over the world, offering a doorway to academic achievement and cultural enrichment, whether you're exploring the streets of London or the vibrant city life of Birmingham.

Suswonti Shrestha
Admin Officer 
Bizz Education 
Student of University of Central Lancashire
Msc International Business & Management


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