Do you want to study or work in Europe? IELTS will help you get there.

Did you know that thousands of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes across Europe are either fully or partially taught in English? Many European institutions of higher education – including a large number of private and state universities – already accept IELTS scores as part of their English language entry requirements.

Numerous private employers, professional bodies and government agencies in Europe also recognise that IELTS gives an accurate reflection of your ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

Find out who accepts IELTS in Europe .

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills.

It is recognised by over 11,000 organisations worldwide and is the world’s most popular English language test, with millions of IELTS tests taken each year.

The popular destinations for students are the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA.

IELTS and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. IELTS has been carefully mapped onto this international scale, established by the Council of Europe, meaning that you can use IELTS for professional and educational recognition within the European Union.

CEFR level


A2 3.5-4.0
B1 4.5-5.0
B2 5.5-6.5
C1 7.0-7.5
C2 8.5-9.0

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