Over 3.7 million students study abroad every year. Many students study in English-speaking countries, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.
Studying in an English-speaking country offers lots of opportunities. It can also allow you to specialise in a particular field or gain employment once you have finished your education.
IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. Some universities in non-English speaking countries also require an IELTS score if the course is taught in English.
The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.
Students can request to send their IELTS results to up to five organisations free of charge. There is a fee for sending results to additional organisations. You can request your centre to send your results as long as your IELTS scores are valid.
The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those applying to study below degree level. This includes an English-speaking school or college.
IELTS General Training is also required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test features everyday English language skills that you will need in social and workplace environments.
If you want to move to an English-speaking country to study, then you should take the IELTS Academic test.
For work or immigration, the IELTS General Training test is recommended.
Please check the entry requirements of your organisation before choosing your test.
IELTS for work
Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.
IELTS for migration
IELTS is accepted for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
A test of four skills
IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).