English Language proficiency requirements

International candidates who have obtained their qualifications from tertiary institutions where English is not the language of instruction are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency. This evidence must accompany your application and must not be older than 24 months from the date of application to the University.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum English Language proficiency requirements below and require additional English Language support, may enrol for an English preparation course (Intensive English Program - IEP) at the University's Language Centre. Please note that the IEP may not run concurrently with full-degree enrolment. Candidates are required to complete the pre-academic level of the IEP with a minimum of 60% before reapplying for postgraduate studies.

The minimum English language requirements and recognised language tests for admission to Stellenbosch University's postgraduate degree programmes are as follows: 

English Language Requirements

 

CEF Level

Cambridge ESOL

IELTS Band

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL CBT

TOEFL (paper-based) 

BULATS 

PTE General 

PTE Academic 

No language tuition required

C2 Proficient

CPE

8 – 9

96 - 110

243 - 270

 

90 - 100

Level 5

85+

Minimum English Language Requirements

*EAP recommended

C1

CAE

 

 

6.5 - 7.5

(minimum of 6 on all bands)

79 – 95

213- 240

550

75 - 89

Level 4

76 - 84

Language Tuition is required
**(IEP)

C1

FCE / CAE

Lower than 6.5

Lower than 79

Lower than 213

Lower than 550

Lower than 75

Lower than level 4

Lower than 76

*English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is recommended to students who meet the minimum requirments and may be taken concurrently with postgraduate studies.

**Intensive English Programme (IEP) is compulsory for students with tests scores below the minimum requirements.

Further information on English preparation courses and associated entry requirements can be viewed via the Language Centre.