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English Language Requirements | Lincoln University

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

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English Language Requirements

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

However, if English is not your first language you will need to establish 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, comprehend and analyse a line of argument
* Listen actively and discern key points in English; follow complex and technical discussion in lectures and small groups
* Speak freely and clearly in English; actively engage in large and small group discussion

Lincoln University recognises achievements through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Use this table to view the minimum standards for entry to Lincoln programmes.
 
IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE) Pearson Test of English (Academic) Lincoln University English Language NZCEL
PhD
6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0 Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18) Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50 GCAE or LU EL 70% Level 5
(Academic or
Professional
Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Master's
6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0 Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18) Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50 GCAE or LU EL 70% Level 5
(Academic or
Professional
Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates
6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0 Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18) Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50 GCAE or LU EL 70% Level 5
(Academic or
Professional
Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Graduate Diplomas and Certificates
6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0 Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18) Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50 GCAE or LU EL 70% Level 5
(Academic or
Professional
Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Undergraduate Degrees and Diplomas
6.0 overall band score, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) Overall CAE or FCE score of 169, with no individual component less than 162 50 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 42 LU EL 65% Level 4
(Academic
Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Diploma in University Studies - two semester pathway
5.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 53 (with a writing score of 18) Overall CAE or FCE score of 162, with no individual component less than 162 42 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 42 LU EL 60% with no individual component less than 60%  Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
Diploma in University Studies - three semester pathway
5.5 overall band score, with 5.5 for reading and writing, and with no individual component less than 5.0 Overall score of 46 (with a writing score of 18) Overall CAE or FCE score of 162, with reading and writing not less than 162 and speaking and listening not less than 154 42 overall score with minimum 42 for reading and writing and no other communicative skill less than 36 LU EL 60% Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
Certificate in University Studies
5.0 overall band score, with no individual component less than 5.0 Overall score of 35 (with a writing score of 14) Overall CAE or FCE score of 154, with no individual component less than 154 36 overall score with no communicative score of less than 36 LU EL 55% Level 3 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
IELTS TOEFL iBT CAE AND FCE PTE Lincoln NZCEL
Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE)
6.0 overall band score, with no individual component less than 5.5 Overall score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) Overall CAE or FCE score of 169, with no individual component less than 162 50 overall score - with  no communicative skill less than 42

LU EL 65%

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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