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 the European Union 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 in Belgium
IELTS doesn't just open the door to international study and career opportunities, it is also widely accepted here in Belgium. Many leading Belgian universities, private colleges and other institutions of higher education, as well as private employers and government agencies, recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. Among others also the Fulbright Commission, Université Catholique de Louvain, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons, Universiteit Antwerpen and Universiteit Gent.
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||IELTS scores||Cambridge English exams|
|A2||3.5–4.0||A2 Key (KET)|
|B1||4.5–5.0||B1 Preliminary (PET)|
|B2||5.5–6.5||B2 First (FCE)|
|C1||7.0–7.5||C1 Advanced (CAE)|
|C2||8.0–9.0||C2 Proficiency (CPE)|
For admission to undergraduate programmes the IELTS minimum score is usually 5.5 or 6.0 whilst for postgraduate the minimum score is 6.5 or 7.0, but it might vary depending on the academic institution.