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 Visa to obtain a Level B2 on the CEFR/Common European Framework of Reference for Language (IELTS 6.5 overall score with no component lower than a 6.0, or equivalent).
  • We will willingly 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. 
  • All ESL students will have access to regular language and cultural support sessions.
  • We recommend ESL students take 4 courses.


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 are planning to study at the BISC for both Fall and Winter semesters you must meet the UKVI requriements. Please contact the BISC at for information about the IELTS for UKVI English Language test.

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.