English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate that your English language ability is strong enough to succeed on your programme.

COVID-19 arrangements

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that many test centres are closed and that the circumstances are making it difficult to sit and resit English language tests. We will take this into account with our English language requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, as a response to the ongoing global pandemic the University has also approved The Versant English Placement Test which can be taken at our Trusted International Agent Partner offices or at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus. A score of 65 and above for Foundation Undergraduate Programmes and 69 and above for Postgraduate Programmes is required.

We have also extended our list of acceptable language qualifications to include Duolingo English Test, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

For more details on our English Language Requirements, please contact our Admission Office at: dubaienquiries@hw.ac.uk