English language proficiency requirement

Acceptance at faculties

Students planning to do undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University (SU), must have an excellent command of writing, reading comprehension, listening and speaking. Completion of the Pre-academic level IEP course does NOT guarantee acceptance into any faculty or department at SU.

Postgraduate studies

International applicants are strongly advised to contact the respective faculties and/or departments at SU to enquire about additional application criteria such as the submission of either TOEFL or IELTS score or the required pass percentage of the IEP Pre-academic level.

Contact person: Cindy de Doncker (Postgraduate Office - cnm@sun.ac.za)

Table: The English language requirements for admission to Stellenbosch University postgraduate degree programmes.

English Language Requirements

 

CEF Level

Cambridge ESOL

IELTS Band

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL CBT

BULATS

PTE General

PTE Academic

Maximum

Possible score

     

9

120

300

100

 

No language tuition required

C2 Proficient

CPE

8 – 9

96 - 110

243 - 270

90 - 100

Level 5

85+

Support Language tuition may be required

*(EAP)

C1

CAE

6.5 - 7.5

79 – 95

213- 240

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 75

Lower than level 4

Lower than 76

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for acceptance to University courses are:

  • 6.5 IELTS band (minimum 6 at all bands)
  • 550 TOEFL paper based / 79 TOEFL iBT / 213 TOEFL CBT

*English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is recommended to students with an IELTS score of 6.5 – 7.5 to be taken concurrently with postgraduate studies.

**Intensive English Programme (IEP) is compulsory for students with an IELTS score lower than 6.5. 

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