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Study Abroad-With/Without IELTS

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Why study Abroad?

Education is a very important aspect of our lives, its institutions shape our personality and teaches us how to think in an efficient and critical manner. Studying abroad further expands that experience as you get to live in an entirely different society with its own cultural background and people. Human interaction plays a crucial role in our development, hence interacting with a diverse population is a great privilege to have. Its always being difficult for international students to get enrolled but major part is lelts to enter into the land of dreams, therefore many universities facilitate international students to study abroad with/without IELTS. Exploring different cultures, making new friends, going on trips and much more are all part of the study abroad experience but the real challenge is balancing it all with your degree work and this is exactly where going abroad is so important for our personal development as we learn to balance all aspects of life. As Aristotle once said ‘the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.’

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System full form for IELTS is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, Uk, USA or New Zealand. 

Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9. In 9 being the perfect score.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

What IELTS score do I need?

The higher you can score in your IELTs, reflects a better understanding and ability to communicate in English. Each immigration body, university, workplace or institution will have specific IELTS score requirements. The score you need will depend on what you are looking to do in the country i.e. work or study.

All in all you don’t need the perfect score for any purpose; universities or immigration offices might be happy with a 6 or even a 5.5.

Countries which allows study abroad with/without IELTS

When it comes to having no IELTS requirements at all by the University or Immigration authorities only UK and Hungary stand out.

 If your academic scores are sufficient enough then some very few Uk’s universities do offer admission without IELTS and when you get an admission you are qualified to apply for a student visa. Here are the key requirements for a UK study visa without IELTS:

  • A document attested by your university with the statement that you can apply for UK study visa without IELTS scores
  • Acceptance letter from a university in the UK
  • Aspirants can also appear for the Secure English Language Test (SELT) mandated by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as valid proof for English proficiency without IELTS

Moreover, Hungary is simpler and allows you to study, get a student visa without IELTS.

List of UK Universities without IELTS

·         Brunel University

·         London South Bank University

·         University of Warwick

·         The University of Essex

·         University of Northampton

Countries that requires IELTS

The vast majority of study abroad destinations require IELTS. Even if the University doesn’t, the immigration authorities will need you to show good English proficiency, however with 2 or 3 months of good training you can get the desired results.

Country Specific Requirements

Canada 5.5

USA 6.5

Australia 5.5

Sweden 6.5

New Zealand 5.5

Sweden 6.5

Universities that do not need IELTS

As mentioned above Universities from all over the world grant admissions without IELTS, here is a list of countries whose universities do so, keep in mind that you will only get admission if your previous medium of study was English so having a English proficiency certificate from college or university is a must. Furthermore it is important to know that even if a university doesn’t require IELTS it could ask for an alternative such as Duolingo, PTE, CAEL or etc.


Canadian Universities have been doing a great job consistently in the QS ranking moreover Canada is very peaceful to live in. Here is a bunch of Universities in Canada that give admission without IELTS

·         Brock University

·         University of Winnipeg

·         Concordia University

·         Carleton University


The United States of America is the number one destination to study abroad and is great to settle in for the long term.

·         University of Colorado

·         Drexel University

·         Rice University

·         University of New Orleans

·         University of North Alabama


There are many universities in Australia that give admission without IELTS. Here is a list of just a few.

·         Macquarie University

·         The University of Queensland

·         The University of South Australia

·         Victoria University

·         Bond University

Crossroad Consultants is here to help you advance your future in the right direction, our counsellors will put forth the best options suiting your profiles.

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