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English Language Requirements

If English is your first language, then you meet our English language requirement, whether you are an international student, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university.
 
All tuition at Lincoln University is in English, although some programmes may, in part, be taught in Te Reo Māori.
 
It is expected that all students will be able to:

* Write clear and grammatically correct English in essays, assignments, reports and exams
* Read English with understanding, find relevant information without assistance, and comprehend and analyse a line of argument
* Listen actively and discern key points in English and follow complex, technical discussion in lectures and small groups
* Speak freely and clearly in English and actively engage in large and small group discussions.

You can satisfy the English language requirement for entry to Lincoln programmes by studying English Language at Lincoln!

Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. The table below lists the minimum standards for entry to Lincoln programmes.
 
Lincoln qualification                  Lincoln University English Language IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT* Cambridge English: 
Advanced (CAE) and
First (FCE)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL)
PhD
Master’s Degrees
Postgraduate Diplomas
Postgraduate Certificates
Graduate Diplomas
Graduate Certificates
GCAE or LU EL 70% 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0 Overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in Writing and 18 in Speaking) Overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50 Level 5 (Academic or
Professional
Endorsement)
Bachelor Degrees
Undergraduate Diplomas

LU EL 65% 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in Writing)

Overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162

50 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 42 Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)
Diploma in University Studies - two semester pathway LU EL 60% with no individual component less than 60% 5.5 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 53 (with at least 18 in Writing) Overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162 42 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 42 Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
Diploma in University Studies - three semester pathway LU EL 60% 5.5 overall, with at least 5.5 for Reading and Writing, and no other component less than 5.0 Overall score of 46 (with at least 18 in Writing) Overall score of 162, with at least 162 in Reading and Writing and 154 in Speaking and Listening 42 overall score, with at least 42 in Reading and Writing and at least 36 in other communicative skills Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
Certificate in University Studies LU EL 55% 5.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.0 Overall score of 35 (with at least 14 in Writing) Overall score of 154, with no individual component less than 154 36 overall score with no communicative score of less than 36 Level 3 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE) LU EL 65% 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in Writing) Overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162 50 overall score - with  no communicative skill less than 42 Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)

* If supplying a TOEFL test score, please request an original copy to be sent to our institution, code number 9479.

Please note the University may request additional evidence of meeting English Language requirements.

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