at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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English Language Requirements

  • English is the language of instruction at the BISC
  • Candidates must be able to communicate competently in both oral and written English to succeed.
  • The minimum standard for entrance into the UK is Level B2, however the BISC requires a Level C1 score for admission. The Home Office language requirements are the minimum requirements for you to be able to study in the UK. The BISC has its own language requirements in order to ensure student success in the program.
  • We will consider applicants who meet the Home Office requirements, but fall short of the BISC requirements, for a Full year or Fall/Winter semester. In this case the student will only take 4 courses and will participate in our ESL support program to guarantee their success and enjoyment of the program.
  • Find out more about the Home Office language requirements on the English Language Ability page of their website


UKBA Required Score

BISC Required Score

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

iBT (Internet Based TOEFL)

72 overall (Level B2):

17 Writing

20 Speaking

18 Reading

17 Listening

iBT (Internet Based TOEFL)

88 overall:

24 Writing

22 Speaking

22 Reading

20 Listening

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Score of 5.5 on Academic Module (Level B2)

5.5 Listening

5.5 Speaking

5.5 Reading

5.5 Writing

Score of 6.5 on Academic Module (Level C1)

6.5 Listening

6.5 Speaking

6.5 Reading

6.5 Writing


Note: Test results must be in the form of an official transcript mailed directly to Queen's University Undergraduate Admission from the Testing Centre; an applicant's copy is not acceptable. TOEFL and IELTS test results are only valid for two years.