Bader International Study Centre

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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Upper Year 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.
  • Applicants who meet one of the following criteria do not need to submit a test of facility in English: completed an IB diploma (completion of SL English B is not sufficient) or, completed the full GCE Program (O Level, A/S Level and Advanced Level) or, lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language for the most recent three years prior to beginning their university studies or, attended an education institution full-time where the medium of instruction is English for the most recent three years prior to beginning their university studies
  • UK Visas and Immigration does not set language requirements for students entering the UK on a Student Visitor Visa (for studies shorter than 6 months). However the BISC requires students on a Student Visitor Visas to obtain a Level B2 (IELTS 6.5) overall score, with no component lower than a 6.0.
  • We will consider applicants who do not meet the BISC requirements on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will have their language ability assessed during a Skype interview. Students not meeting the language requirements will only take 4 courses and will participate in our ESL support program to guarantee their success and enjoyment of the program.
  • All ESL students will have access to regular language and cultural support sessions delivered by a trained instructor.
  • Find out more about the IELTS test, available test centres and a list of exceptions for proving knowledge of English.


UKVI Required Score

BISC Required Score

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module 



No minimum level* 

CEFR Level B2

6.5 overall with no component lower than 6.0

If you plan to study at the BISC for the full year (Fall and Winter semesters) you will need to meet the UKVI requirements.

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. IELTS test results are only valid for two years.