Proof of English proficiency requirements

For international applicants whose native language is not English, the following programmes, Faculties and/or Schools require a proof of English proficiency, as further explained below.

Undergraduate programmes

(Minimum score TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5)

Graduate programmes

English Proficiency Requirement for Admission

All international applicants, applying for programmes indicated in the above list and whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL or IELTS tests as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores from the tests must be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Requesting Official Scores).

Applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:

  • Completion of at least one year of full-time higher education study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrolment at the University of Iceland.
  • GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O Level or equivalent with grade B in English Language
  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Grades 1-4 in English Language
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Grade B
  • IB diploma English A2 - minimum score of 5
  • English A Equivalency in the EEA/EFTA – See details below
  • Citizens of the following countries outside of EEA/EFTA qualify for an exemption:
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Botswana
    • Cameroon-Anglophone
    • Canada (All provinces except Quebec)
    • Dominica
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Nigeria
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
    • United States
    • Zimbabwe

Please note that your scores from the English tests must be less than two years old by 1 September in the year you intend to start your programme. If you have not yet taken the test, your application can be considered in its absence, but any offer will be conditional on you achieving the required score.

Test Information and Instructions for Requesting Official Scores

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL test should request that the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Iceland using our institution code number, 7949.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS test should upload their score report forms directly to the University of Iceland online application.


English A Equivalency in the EEA/EFTA

Country Upper Secondary Exam Requirements to course/level
Austria Reifeprüfung/Matura English as first foreign language
Belgium No exam fulfils the requirement  
Bulgaria Diploma za (Zavarsheno) Sredno Obrazovanie/za Sredno Obrazovanie English as first foreign language (556 hours) AND English as intense study (648 hours)
Czech Republic No exam fulfils the requirement  
Cyprus No exam fulfils the requirement  
Denmark Studentereksamenbevis / HHX / HTX  
England, Wales, Northern Ireland GCSE + GCE A-level / AEA level / GSCE level
Estonia No exam fulfils the requirement  
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus  
France Baccalauréat general Série Littéraire, english as langue vivante 1 / Série Economique et Sociale, English as langue vivante 1
Germany Abiturzeugnis Englisch, Leistungkurse / Englisch, Profilfach
Greece No exam fulfils the requirement  
Hungary No exam fulfils the requirement  
International International Baccalaureate (IB diploma) English A1 higher or standard level / English A2, higher or standard level / English B, higher level 
Italy Liceo Lingvistico, English as first foreign language
Latvia No exam fulfils the requirement  
Lithuaniea No exam fulfils the requirement  
Malta Matriculation Certificate A level
Netherlands No exam fulfils the requirement  
Norway Vitnemål vidergående Opplæring Allmenfaglig retning, Engelsk min 15 ugetimer / Allmenfaglig retning, Engelsk Vg1 + Vg2 + Vg3
Poland No exam fulfils the requirement  
Portugal No exam fulfils the requirement  
Romania No exam fulfils the requirement  
Scotland Scottish Higher Level / Scottish Qualifications Certificate / Scottish Certificate of Secondary Education  
Slovakia No exam fulfils the requirement  
Slovenia No exam fulfils the requirement  
Spain No exam fulfils the requirement  
Sweden Slutbetyg  

 

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