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English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet some specific requirements to study at Lincoln.

All teaching at Lincoln is in English, with a few courses taught partly in Te Reo Māori. 

The English Language requirements in this table are designed to make sure that you can participate fully in your study at Lincoln.

If you do not meet these requirements yet, you can work towards this by studying English at Lincoln. 

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 (in all disciplines except for Commerce)
Graduate Certificates (in all disciplines except for Commerce)
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)
Graduate Diploma in Commerce
Graduate Certificate in Commerce
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)