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Study in UK without IELTS from Bangladesh

Updated: 07 Feb 2024


If you’re from Bangladesh and interested in studying in the UK, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to study in the UK without taking the IELTS.

Certain universities offer exemptions, such as getting a score of 70% or above in English in HSC, having an undergraduate degree in English, or completing a pre-sessional language course.

Let's briefly know about what is IELTS?

IELTS is an English language proficiency test which is an international standard test of English Language Skills. It assesses all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

It is accepted by many universities and colleges as proof of a person’s ability to study in an English-speaking environment. There are two versions of the IELTS test –

The Academic Test and the General Training Test. The Academic Test is for people who want to study at university or college, while the General Training Test is for people who want to do non-academic training or gain work experience in an English-speaking country.

If you’re considering studying in the UK but don’t want to take the IELTS, do some research to see if any of these options are available to you. With a little bit of effort, you can make your dream of studying abroad a reality!

Some of the UK universities provide exemption facility; let’s know the condition for the exemption-

Reason of exemption:

1. Academic English Marks

The English grades of your O’ Level exam can substitute for a C in IELTS, which is 70% according to the British education system. If you have obtained this grade, there will be no need for IELTS during application processes at Bachelor’s/Master Degree level institutions across UK universities!

English test

2. Interview with your chosen university

Online interviews are a common part of the UK university admission process. The key intention behind these interviews is to assess how serious the student candidates are about their courses they’ll pursue in UK universities, as well as English language fluency . This interviewing procedure removes any need for IELTS scores!

3. MOI Facility (Medium of Instruction)–

Some universities provide a Medium of instruction for students to use to get enrolled into any top-notch British institution without worrying about IELTS Academic levels required by these institutions.

UK universities that provide MOI Facilities-​

The University of South Wales accepts 24 Bangladeshi universities:

Graduating within 5 years from the following universities doesn’t require any IELTS score.

Note: University has the right to update the list anytime, so contact our support team to ensure your university is eligible or not. 

Private Universities of Bangladesh eligible for MOI of USW
Public Universities of Bangladesh eligible for MOI of USW

Check more UK universities that are giving MOI facilities.

4. English Language assessment tests-

IELTS, TOEFL & CPE are the most common English tests taken by international students. But there is a wide variety in universities’ requirements for language proficiency testing- some only accept IELTS while others will require either Cambridge or PTE Academic as well! Make sure you research which exam each university requires before applying so that they don’t turn down your application because it isn’t compatible with their standards.

5. Pre-sessional English Course-

The IELTS is a popular test for international students who want to study in the UK. If you don’t meet entry requirements, then there’s still hope! You can get an acceptance letter without having taken it all up until now if your scores are high enough and allow students with low band scores access into courses at Post-Sessional levels too – so give yourself plenty of time before deciding on what university or colleges that will be right choice according English coursework demands (and budget)!



How to Study in the UK without IELTS?

It is certainly possible to study in the UK without IELTS, although the process may be slightly different than what you are used to. Here are a few tips on how to go about it:
1. Look for universities that don’t require IELTS. While most UK universities do require this English language proficiency test, there are a few that don’t. You can find a list of these universities listed above.
2. See if you can take an alternative English proficiency test. Some universities will accept other tests like the TOEFL or Cambridge English exams in lieu of IELTS.

Is it possible to study in the UK without IELTS?

It is possible to study in the UK without IELTS. However, you will need to provide an alternative English language qualification. Some of the most common English language qualifications that are accepted by UK universities include:
– TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
– IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
– PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)
– CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
– CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Which university does not require IELTS in the UK?

Applicants who require an IELTS score as part of their admission requirements can be exempted from providing one if they have studied at a school where English is the main language of instruction for at least three years and have received a GPA of 3.0 or above in those years.

There are also a number of schools that offer pre-sessional English courses to help international students meet the required level, so it is worth contacting universities directly to ask about their individual requirements. The universities do not require IELTS for admission included above; please check.

Can I get a student visa without IELTS?

If you are a citizen of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not need to take the IELTS test to get a student visa. Students from other countries must take the IELTS test as part of their application or university assessment via MOI or internal English assessment test for a student visa.




Bangladeshi students who want to study in the UK can now do so without taking the IELTS exam because some of the universities give exemption for studying in the UK without IELTS. This is a great opportunity for Bangladeshi students, as the IELTS can be expensive and challenging to pass.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like help applying, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you!

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