Universities without IELTS

Top universities without IELTS | Canada, UK, US, and more!

Last Updated on February 15, 2021 by iSchoolConnect

While there are many institutions that require an IELTS score for admissions, here are a bunch of universities without IELTS requirements. Let’s take a look…

Since the courses are taught in English, most universities expect their applicants to be proficient in English. This is why universities ask students to submit their scores from tests like IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE. However, a few colleges understand that not all students need to take these exams. Most universities just need to know that you’ve received an education with English as your primary language. So to make the application process easier, they also admit students who haven’t submitted their English test scores. Here, I have compiled a list of universities without IELTS requirements that you can apply to!

List of universities in Canada without IELTS 

When it comes to Canada, there are a bunch of universities that don’t ask for IELTS scores. But they do need students to submit other proofs of their proficiency in English. These include-

  1. Proof that you have studied in an English medium school for at least 4 years
  2. Documents to show that you are a native of an English speaking nation
  3. You will sign up for the university’s language school for a semester or a year
University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Let’s take a look at the list of universities in Canada without IELTS requirements and see what they ask for, instead-

  1. University of Saskatchewan – CanTEST scores, English Training Program at the university, over 3 years of full-time study at a school with Canadian curriculum
  2. Cambrian College –  English Training Program at the university
  3. University of Winnipeg – English Language Program at the university
  4. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador – English Language Program at the university, CanTEST or CAEL scores
  5. Brock University – Study the Intensive English Language Program at the university
  6. Carleton University – Transcripts for the last 3 years of study
  7. University of Regina
  8. Okanagan College
  9. Concordia University –  English Language Program at the university
  10. Seneca College
  11. Memorial University – English Language Program at the university

When it comes to taking the English Language Program at the university, it’s important to know that the course length will depend on how good your English is. In fact, if you’re really good already, you might not have to take it at all!

List of universities in UK without IELTS

Just like in other countries, the universities in the UK also allow students to apply without submitting their IELTS scores. Instead, they ask for other proofs of English proficiency, like-

  1. The medium of instruction in your previous university/school was English
  2. Interviews in English
  3. Other language tests
  4. Attend an English language course at the university

If you satisfy any of the above requirements, you might not have to take the IELTS at all!

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University of Bristol, UK

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the universities in UK without IELTS requirements-

  1. The University of Warwick
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. The University of Bristol
  4. London Southbank University
  5. Northumbria University
  6. The University of Bolton
  7. Portsmouth University
  8. Aston University
  9. Swansea University
  10. The University of Plymouth
  11. University of Greenwich
  12. Robert Gordon University
  13. University of Central Lancashire
  14. Birmingham City University
  15. The University of Northampton
  16. Riga Technical University
  17. Sheffield Hallam University
  18. University of Basel
  19. Audencia Nantes School of Management
  20. Bangor University

Even though there are quite a few universities that accept students without IELTS scores, you might need to take the test if you want a UK student visa. So, unless the visa officer exempts you from submitting IELTS scores, you will have to prepare for the IELTS test and score well.

List of universities in USA without IELTS 

There are a bunch of universities in USA without any IELTS or TOEFL requirements. While some of them ask for a degree from an English-medium institute, conduct an interview in English, or offer English language courses to students who are not from English-speaking nations.

Schools that don't require GRE
University of Iowa, USA

Let’s take a look at these institutes-

  1. University of Delaware
  2. Northwood University
  3. Rice University
  4. University of Dayton
  5. State University of New York
  6. University of New Orleans
  7. National Louis University
  8. University of North Alabama
  9. Drexel University
  10. University of Arkansas
  11. California State University
  12. University of Iowa
  13. Western Washington University
  14. University of Colorado
  15. Drew University
  16. University of Missouri
  17. Sonoma State University
  18. University of North Texas
  19. Illinois State University
  20. University of Wisconsin
  21. Kendall College
  22. Notre Dame De Namur University
  23. Schiller International University
  24. Southeast Missouri State University 
  25. Park University
  26. Westcliff University
  27. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  28. DeVry University  
  29. Saint Leo University
  30. Oglethorpe University
  31. Seattle Central Community College
  32. Georgia State University
  33. La Sierra University
  34. Marymount California University
  35. Rider University 
  36. University of Central Florida
  37. Baylor University

To find out the exact details about which alternate documents these universities require, visit the undergraduate/graduate pages of the respective websites.

List of universities in Germany without IELTS

There are several German universities which exempt students from submitting their IELTS scores. They allow students to share other documents, instead-

  1. A document stating that their previous course was taught entirely in English
  2.  A Medium of Instruction (MoI) certificate
  3. Proof that you are a native of an English speaking nation
  4. Give an interview in English
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Here is a list of universities in Germany without IELTS requirements-

  1. University of Kaiserslautern
  2. University of Siegen
  3. Free University of Berlin
  4. University of Giessen
  5. University of Koblenz and Landau
  6. Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig)
  7. Esslingen University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Esslingen)
  8. Ruhr University Bochum
  9. Freiburg University
  10. University of Bayreuth
  11. University of Bonn
  12. Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  13. HCI Siegen
  14. University of Kiel
  15. University of Kassel
  16. The University of Applied Sciences, Ingolstadt (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt)
  17. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
  18. Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  19. Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
  20. Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  21. University of Passau
  22. University of Hildesheim
  23. TH Köln
  24. University of Freiburg
  25. Chemnitz University of Technology
  26. Hochschule Stralsund
  27. Mittweida University

One major reason why Germany has so many colleges that don’t require GRE is that it also offers German Pathway Programs. Through these courses, students can learn German during their course and eventually switch from studying in English to learning the same program in German.

List of universities in Australia without IELTS

Universities in Australia usually require students to submit their IELTS or TOEFL scores. However, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. 

For example, if your previous course had been in English or if you’re willing to attend a language preparatory course at the university, you might not have to take the IELTS exam.

University of Queensland
University of Queensland, Australia

Here’s a list of universities in Australia without IELTS requirements-

  1. University of Queensland – If your previous course was taught in English or if you have work experience in a professional English speaking environment
  2. University of Adelaide – If your previous course was taught in English or if you are ready to enroll in a language preparatory course
  3. Bond University – a PTE certificate or C1 Advanced certificate
  4. Swinburne University of Technology – Previous course was in English, attend an English language course, or provide a PTE or Common European Framework certificate
  5. Macquarie University – PTE, CAE, CPE, or OET scores, or an English language course
  6. University of New South Wales – PTE, CAE, or CPE scores, or work experience in a professional English speaking environment
  7. Victoria University – PTE, CAE, or FCE scores
  8. University of South Australia – PTE, CAE, or CPE scores, or an English program at the university
  9. University of Southern Queensland – English language proficiency program

Even though there are quite a few universities that accept students without IELTS scores, you might need to take the test if you want an Australian student visa. So, unless the visa officer exempts you from submitting IELTS scores, you will have to prepare for the IELTS test and score well.

Should I apply to these universities?

My only suggestion to you is this – shortlist your colleges wisely.

Don’t just pick universities because they are waiving IELTS and TOEFL scores. Choose them because you like the course, find the curriculum fascinating, and love the faculty. And if that means you have to take the IELTS exam, do it.

Also, a lot of countries require you to have taken IELTS or TOEFL. So, before applying to these colleges, make sure that not taking IELTS doesn’t affect your chances of getting a student visa. 

In case you are facing any difficulties and can’t take the test, email the university. If they say you will definitely have to submit IELTS scores, return to this blog. Shortlist universities that you like, and apply! You might end up at a place better than you had dreamed of.

Help me prepare for IELTS!

Since not all courses and universities are waiving IELTS, you might have a few on your shortlist that are still asking students to submit IELTS scores.

In that case, it’s best to start preparing for the test as soon as you can. To begin with, check out this blog on ‘All about IELTS’ and then head over to the article I have written on ‘IELTS at-home.’ You will find out about IELTS test dates, exam pattern, registration, and scoring. The first blog also has a sample paper for you to practice.

Moreover, the second blog will help you set up your room and your PC (among other things) to help you take the test at home.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over and start preparing!

And in case you get stuck or have any questions (or if you’re still not sure about giving the IELTS exam), feel free to reach out or drop a comment below.

We would be very happy to help!

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