Study Abroad at US, UK and Canadian Universities Without IELTS???

It is commonly understood that to study abroad at the world’s leading Universities you have to pass rigorous examinations like IELTS and TOEFL to establish your knowledge of English as a non-native English speaker.

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But Is IELTS or TOEFL a mandatory prequalification to study abroad?

It is less commonly known that there are Universities abroad that do NOT insist on such preconditions. You can pursue your studies there WITHOUT first writing TOEFL, IELTS or any other test of language. Such tests assess your ability to understand English in a University environment. They consist of grueling modules that are designed to accurately indicate the standard of English you can employ at speaking, writing and reading. This is a daunting task for non-native English speaking students, who may have excellent academic records. Sometimes the local accent of students who actually understand and speak good English is a great obstacle.
But it is a fact that are places you can go to, even in US, UK and Canadian Universities, that admit you without requiring such demanding prequalifications like IELTS or TOEFL In Germany, USA and Australia, Universities host ‘pathway programs’ for students to enroll without proving their grasp of English. Pathway programs are intended to initiate students and prepare them for the actual course for which they cannot immediately be admitted due to prequalifications in English and even other academic subjects. The program spans across nine to fifteen months by which time you will be entitled to study at a University that cannot admit you to an undergraduate/ graduate degree course, on the basis of your High School score.

Listing the TOP 10 Countries you can STUDY in, WITHOUT IELTS or TOEFL :

These are the TOP 10 countries that do NOT require IELTS or TOEFL prequalification to study in:

1) The USA
2) The UK
3) The European Union ( Note: UK leaves the European Union in May 2023)
4) Canada
5) Australia
6) Germany
7) Holland
8) Norway
9) Japan
10) Malaysia

In addition to these you have universities in other countries too that admit students without IELTS or TOEFL:




4.Hong Kong

List of American Universities (Admitting Foreign Students WITHOUT IELTS or TOEFL)

 Drexel University : International students without language proficiency
credentials have to sign up for the Bridge Program and the University
Preparation Summer Program (UPREP)
 University Of Colorado : If the student is a native English speaker or if he has
completed one year of full time academic study at an American Institution, he can forgo any language proficiency credentials.
These American universities admit foreign students on the only precondition that they enroll for the IELP ( Intensive English Language Program )
 State University of New York
 University of Arkansas

 University of Dayton
If you completed Secondary School Education or Graduate Education in an
English Medium Institution, language proficiency credentials are waived.
California State University waives the minimum English requirement for some

 California State University
 University of New Orleans
These Universities too do not require TOEFL or IELTS
 University of Delaware
 University of Iowa

List of United Kingdom(UK) Universities (Admitting Foreign Students WITHOUT IELTS or TOEFL)

 University of Bristol
 The University of Bolton
 London Southbank University
 Robert Gordon University

List of Canadian Universities (Admitting Foreign Students WITHOUT IELTS or TOEFL)

Canada is by far the most lenient in terms of language proficiency credentials. You simply have to have lived and attended school for 4 years where English was a primary language!

 Brock University
 Carleton University
 University of Winnipeg
 University of Regina
 Memorial University
 Concordia University

List of Australian Universities (Admitting Foreign Students WITHOUT IELTS or TOEFL)

 The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland admits you after completing a full-time course in
an English medium institution, or if you were employed in an English-speaking
work environment for at least five years. 
 The University of Adelaide
 Macquarie University
Both these Universities accept non native English speaking students from
foreign countries, only if they enroll in an English program before the course
 Bond University
 The University of South Australia
Both these Universities offer alternative tests – CAE & PTE
 The University of Southern Queensland
 The University of New South Wales
 Swinburne University of Technology

The University of Southern Queensland, Bond University, and the Swinburne
University of Technology also accept students who completed their Secondary
Education in an English medium institution. The University of Southern Queensland encourages you to join a USQ Pathway Program to be admitted.

What are Pathway Programs?

Pathway programs are programs to groom international students for the academic
environment they will enter. They will instill certain skills, knowledge, and some
confidence in foreign students. These programs help students who find it difficult to
qualify for bachelor’s or master’s courses. Many countries like Canada, Australia and
the US, offer Pathway Programs to assist international students to fulfill the course
These programs extend for around a year but no certification is awarded. Pathway
programs familiarize you with English in the destination country without having to labour
through language proficiency tests. The stress is on English skills in an academic

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