English Language Requirements for Exchange Students

English language requirements for exchange students differ depending on which courses you apply for.

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All courses for exchange students are carried out in English and we expect that you have sufficient fluency in English in order to cope with your courses from the start.

The required English level differs depending on which courses you apply for:

General courses for exchange students

Level B2 required

You are required to have a minimum of level B2 (CEFR) for all courses offered to exchange students, except for courses in English language and literature.

Level B2 (CEFR) is equivalent to IELTS minimum score: 5.0 or TOEFL minimum score: 60.

How to confirm your English proficiency

We consider the nomination by your home university as confirmation of your English proficiency at level B2. You do not need to submit any test.

Applicants to courses in English Language and Literature must document level C1 (more information below).

Courses in English language and literature

Applicants to courses in English Language and Literature (ENG-courses) must document a minimum level of English proficiency equivalent to C1 (CEFRby submitting one of the following tests:

  • Minimum 7
  • Internet-based test (iBT): 90 
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 560

University of Cambridge examinations

  • First Certificate in English: Grade A
  • Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English: Level C1

ETS - TOEIC Listening and Reading Test

  • TOEIC Listening: 490
  • TOEIC Reading: 455

Online Language Support

    Inquiries regarding other valid English test must be addressed directly to the Department of Foreign Languages: studierettleiar@if.uib.no 

    Native speakers of English are exempted from documenting their English language proficiency.