Study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL in these universities

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Study abroad without IELTS

Studying in a foreign institute comes with a long list of pre-requisites that needs to be fulfilled prior to your admission. One of the most common and important requirement is language proficiency test scores. This article discusses on various universities where you can study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL or any other language proficiency examination, which are some standard tests that measure the student’s ability to read, write & speak English. Attaining a desirable score in one of these tests can be difficult for non-native English speakers. It can also prove to be an added expense if you attempt it more than once to score higher or if you did not attain the minimum score requirement the first time you gave the test. Even though IELTS/TOEFL marks are major criteria for admission, there are many universities in different parts of the world that grant admissions and lets you study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL.

Many universities in various countries, such as, Germany, USA, Australia provide pathway programs for students who wish to pursue a course in their desired university.Pathway programs help students, who do not meet the course requirements to prepare for various subjects from English to academic subjects. These courses, usually have a duration of 9 – 15 months. Pathway programs will help you to get an admission to a university where your high school qualifications are not accepted for direct admission in an undergraduate/ graduate degree program.

Here’s a list that mentions where you can study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL.

You can study abroad without IELTS in many universities located in countries such as Australia, Canada, UK, Norway & Germany.



There are many universities in Australia that accept students without an IELTS/TOEFL score.

  1. The University of Queensland
  2. The University of Adelaide
  3. The University of New South Wales
  4. Macquarie University
  5. Bond University
  6. The University of South Australia
  7. The University of Southern Queensland
  8. Swinburne University of Technology

The University of Queensland gives you admission if you have completed a full-time course where English was your medium of instruction, or if you have worked in an English-speaking work environment for at least five years. The University of Adelaide and Macquarie University allow students only if they accept an English program before the commencement of the course.
Bond University and The University of South Australia offer alternative tests, such as CAE, PTE. The University of Southern Queensland, Bond University and the Swinburne University of Technology also accept students whose secondary education’s medium of instruction was English.The University of Southern Queensland also suggests undertaking USQ pathway programs for admission to the university (Know more).



If you want to study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL, then Canada could be the right place for you! A number of universities in Canada do not require TOEFL/IELTS for admission. Essentially, if you have lived and attended school, for at least four years, where English was the primary language then you are not required to submit a proof of language proficiency.  Following are some of the universities that accept students without an IELTS or TOEFL score.

See More: How to apply for a Canada student Visa 



Some of the universities in UK that do not require an IELTS score are:

Countries like Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa enjoy attention from the above-listed universities and many other universities as well.However, different courses require different levels of language expertise.


EU countries except for the UK

You can study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL in European countries, if you can prove proficiency in the English language by proving:

  • You have been educated in the English language during five recent years of study and English was the first language at the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) or O level (Ordinary Level).
  • You have been able to prove that you have good communication skills and your prior education was entirely conducted in English.
  • If you apply to study in the same institution where your first degree had been awarded.
  • If you have a degree which has been taught only in English.



You can study here without showcasing English proficiency tests proof.

  • University of Oslo: At the University of Oslo, only students from South Africa are exempted in the English language requirement. Other students from Africa and different parts of the world may be asked for TOEFL/IELTS scores.



Usually, you won’t need a TOEFL or IELTS if you hold a bachelor’s degree in English as the language of instruction or if your native language is English. Some universities just require a letter from the student’s previous educational institution to ascertain English Language Proficiency. However, some courses do not require English language proficiency while others do. The requirements for courses in English Philology, for instance, need you to qualify the English language test.



  • Inholland University: Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Holland accepts students from South Africa without IELTS or TOEFL.



Following are some of the universities in the US  which you can get into without IELTS or TOEFL scores.

  • University of Colorado: If the following conditions are met then you need not submit the English language proficiency proof :
    a) The student’s native language is English b) the applying student has completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution. Although, countries like Botswana, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria are not subjected to this arrangement.
  • Drexel University: You need to complete two programs- University Preparation Summer Program (UPREP) and Bridge Program for international students if you don’t meet the language requirement.

The following universities grant admission to international students provided that they undertake the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

You are exempted from showing a language proficiency proof if you attended secondary school or/and graduate school where you were taught in English. California State University waives the minimum English requirement for a few countries.Know more.

Other universities where you can pursue your studies without bothering about IELTS/TOEFL score are:



If you want to study abroad without IELTS then you could go to Malaysia. Malaysia is one of the top-most countries in Asia after Singapore for studies.There is no compulsory need of English test proof for studying Bachelor’s, Masters or Ph.D. courses here. The medium of instruction in more than 80 percent of Malaysian Universities is English.



Study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL in India as the need for these scores as an admission requirement in Indian universities is absent at present.
Amongst the thousand universities, the University of Delhi, the University of Mumbai, the University of Calcutta and Banaras Hindu University are some of the popular universities.These universities do not require English language proficiency for their Undergraduate, Masters, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral taught courses. The teaching language at most Indian universities is English especially in management, scientific and technical subjects.


Disclaimer: Most universities don’t explicitly state that they don’t require a language examination result(IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/CAE etc.). You are advised to personally contact the university, via email or phone and ask them whether you are eligible to be exempted from the language proficiency test requirement.

See More: Difference between various English language proficiency examinations


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8 thoughts on “Study abroad without IELTS or TOEFL in these universities

  1. Dear sir this is devender from hyderabad am completed my graduation 2016. actually my acadamic year is 2012-2015, but some reasons am completed my graduation in 2016. now am doing job untill september to still now so, i have to study in abroad without or with ielts in australia or canada. these gap is accepted or not and one more how muchscored in ielts exam please give a best suggestion to me . my contact no is 9908844172, and my mail id is [email protected]

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  3. i have completed my under graduation recently could i get chance to study in canada with scholarship

  4. Somehow I feel that I have no chance of applying to any of these without IELTS/ TOEFL. See, the problem is that even though I speak English quite well (and even use it in my work), I did not study in English, nor do I think that my high-school diploma would count for anything (especially since I wasn’t a very good pupil in school).

    I want to apply for a (non-ballet) dance/ choreography degree, but the only two universities that I found require either IELTS or TOEFL. Studying for a IELTS/ TOEFL diploma is expensive enough where I live, and you have to pay to actually write the exam (nor sure if it’s standard practice with them). That being said, even if I do manage to get a good IELTS/ TOEFL mark, there’s little chance I’ll be able to get a stipend, since I’m a rather mediocre dancer, and since I’m not an EU/ EEA country citizen, the price for study is way out of my reach.

    Thanks for the article though.

  5. I have a gap after intermediate 3 years. Now I’m pursuing bachelor of hotel management final year. I’m eligible to study in aboard uk& Australia

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