English language requirements

At USC, all lectures and tutorials are delivered in English.

If English is not your first language, you need to meet the minimum English requirements for your chosen program. This requirement applies to all students intending to study at the University.

The following information outlines the ways in which you may demonstrate English language proficiency and the minimum achievement levels for USC program entry. USC's English Language Programs may also help international students reach the required level.

USC has standard requirements that apply to most of its programs. In a small number of cases there are non-standard, program specific requirements.

Table 1 specifies the standard requirements that will be accepted for most undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Table 2 specifies the standard requirements that will be accepted for enabling programs, eg Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

Table 3 specifies the non-standard requirements that apply for specific undergraduate and postgraduate programs including the following:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science: Graduate Entry
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Science
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Table 1 Standard English Language entry requirements for all undergraduate, postgraduate and Study Abroad programs except those specified in table 3

This list is not exhaustive. Other proof of English proficiency may be considered and applications are assessed individually.

English proficiency test results are regarded as valid for two years from the test date.

There are some USC postgraduate coursework programs that are attached to Table One, but have entry requirements that vary from the standard requirements for postgraduate coursework programs. Those programs include:

  • Master of Professional Accounting — Refer to Table One, column heading 'Undergraduate (including undergraduate Study Abroad)'. English language entry requirements for this program are the same as those for undergraduate programs as specified in Table One.
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying) — IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.5 in the writing and speaking subtests and minimum 6.0 in reading and listening subtests (or equivalent)
Test or other preparationUndergraduate (including undergraduate Study Abroad) Postgraduate coursework (including Honours and postgraduate Study Abroad)Higher Degrees by Research (including Master by Research and Doctoral degrees)
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each subtest Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest
TOEFL: Paper-based Overall score of 550 with minimum essay score of 4 Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4 Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4
TOEFL: Internet-based Overall score of 76 with minimum score of 18 for writing Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing and minimum score of 20 in all other sections Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing and minimum score of 20 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 57 with no communicative score less than 50 Overall score of 64 with no communicative score less than 58 Overall score of 64 with no communicative score less than 58
Language of Instruction English (LOI)* Minimum 1 year full-time tertiary study, or 1 year full-time other post-secondary study, or 2 years full-time secondary study, successfully completed in last 5 years Minimum 1 year full-time tertiary study, or 1 year full-time other post-secondary study, successfully completed in the last 5 years Minimum 2 years full-time tertiary (university level) study successfully completed in the last 5 years
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

 

Overall score of 52 or above with no less than borderline in each skill Overall score of 58 or above with no less than borderline in each skill Overall score of 58 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Overall score of 45 or above Overall score of 45 or above Overall score of 45 or above
ISLPR (previously ASLPR) 3 in all four skill areas - -
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 Successful completion with a minimum grade of 65 percent Successful completion with a minimum grade of 70 percent  
USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) Successful completion of USC's TPP program with a minimum grade of Credit (C) for TPP101 - -
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Successful completion - -
Austrian Maturity Certificate (Reifexeugnis / Reifeprufungszeugnis / Matura / Maturazeugnis) GPS of 2 in English from the last three years of Austrian High School Diploma GPS of 2 in English from the last three years of Austrian High School Diploma -
Canada (Quebec) Ministerial Examination of College English exam Minimum grade of B in all three criteria (Comprehension and Insight; Organisation of Response; Expression) Minimum grade of B in all three criteria (Comprehension and Insight; Organisation of Response; Expression) -
Danish Upper Secondary School (Studentereksamen)completed within the last 5 years Prior to 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A or Grade of 9 in English B, After 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A, or Grade of 10 in English B Prior to 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A or Grade of 9 in English B, After 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A, or Grade of 10 in English B Prior to 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A or Grade of 9 in English B, After 1 August 2007: Grade of 7 in English A, or Grade of 10 in English B
East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) Grade C in English - -
Fiji Form 7 Examination Pass grade in English - -
Finnish High School completed within the last 5 years A grade of 8 or better in English (13 point scale) or 7 or better (9 point scale) - -
GCE Advanced level studies (A levels) completed within the last 5 years Minimum grade of C in English Minimum grade of C in English Minimum grade of B in English

GCE Ordinary level studies (O levels) completed within the last 5 years

Minimum grade of C   English - -
German Senior High School Diploma (Abitur) ‘4’ result in English in at least one of the three years of Senior High School - -
Germany DAAD Minimum grade of B in all areas Minimum grade of A in writing, grade of B in other areas Minimum grade of A in writing, grade of B in other areas
Hong Kong Year 12 (HKDSE) Minimum level of 3 for English - -
Iceland Studentsprof Grade of 5.2 in English (on a 10 point scale) in the Icelandic Studentsprof from Gymnasium Grade of 5.2 in English (on a 10 point scale) in the Icelandic Studentsprof from Gymnasium -
India - Senior Secondary qualifications from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),
Council for Indian Certificate Examination (CISE) or National Open School
Grade of 60% in English - -
India - Graduation from an AEI-NOOSR recognised Section 1 or 2 University Successful graduation and evidence of language of instruction English  Successful graduation and evidence of language of instruction English  -
International Baccalaureate English B – Higher level minimum grade 5, English A1 or A2 - Higher/standard levels minimum grade 4, completed within the last two years English B - Higher level minimum grade 5, English A1 or A2 - Higher/standard levels minimum grade 4, completed within the last two years -
Japan - Eiken Test in Practical English Proficiency Grade of Pre-1 - -
Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Grade of C+ in English - -

Malaysia - STPM, SPM, Cambridge English Language 1119

 

STPM - Minimum grade of C in English in Literature

SPM - B pass in English

Cambridge English Language 1119 - Grade of C6

- -
Netherlands – Dutch Diploma of pre-university Education (HAVO or VWO) HAVO – a grade of 7 or better in English
VWO – a grade of 6 or better in English
HAVO – a grade of 7 or better in English
VWO – a grade of 6 or better in English
HAVO – a grade of 7 or better in English
VWO – a grade of 6 or better in English
Norwegian Upper Secondary School (Vitnemal) completed within the last 5 years A grade of 4 or better in English in at least one of the three years of Upper Secondary School A grade of 4 or better in English in at least one of the three years of Upper Secondary School A grade of 4 or better in English in at least one of the three years of Upper Secondary School
Samoa - Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate Pass grade in English - -
Singapore Polytechnic in English Successful completion of Diploma or Advanced Diploma Successful completion of Diploma or Advanced Diploma -
Solomon Islands -
Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Pass grade in English - -
South Africa - National Senior Certificate, Senior Certificate

National Senior Certificate - Grade of 5 in English

Senior Certificate - Matriculation endorsement and grade of C in English

National Senior Certificate - Grade of 5 in English

Senior Certificate - Matriculation endorsement and grade of C in English

 

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Swedish Upper Secondary School (Slutbetyg) completed within the last 5 years A grade of VG or MVG in final year English A grade of VG or MVG in final year English A grade of MVG in final year English
Tanzania -
Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE)
Grade of C in English - -
Tonga National Form 7 Examination, Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate

Tonga National Form 7 Examination - Pass grade in English

Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate - Pass grade in English

- -
Vanuatu - Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate Pass grade in English - -
Vietnam-Australia School (VAS) Hanoi Australian International Schools Certificate (AISC) with a minimum credit average and a credit level for English - -
Zambia School Certificate Grade of 5/Credit in English - -
Zimbabwe Secondary A Level Certificate or Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) Grade of C in English - -

* Normally, meeting this requirement is sufficient however, the University reserves the right to ask for additional evidence of proficiency in certain instances.

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Table 2 Standard English Language entry requirements for enabling programs

Students progressing from TPP to an undergraduate program specified in Table 3, will need to demonstrate English Language proficiency required for entry to that program as indicated in Table 3 as applicable.

English proficiency test results are regarded as valid for two years from the test date.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway 
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each subtest
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 Successful completion minimum overall score of 65%
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 550 with minimum essay score of 4
Internet-based — overall score of 76 with minimum score of 18 for writing
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 57 with no communicative score less than 50
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 52 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Other Language tests or preparation Other language tests or preparation that might be deemed as comparable to the required IELTS scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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Table 3 Non-standard, program specific English Language entry requirements

English language proficiency for the programs listed in Table 3 may only be met by the test criteria in Table 3. No other evidence of English proficiency will be considered for these programs.

English proficiency test results are regarded as valid for two years from the test date.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4
Internet-based overall score of 86 with minimum score of 21 for writing and 20 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 62 with no communicative score less than 58
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 58 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.
Bachelor of Nursing ScienceBachelor of Nursing Science: Graduate Entry, Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery *
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each subtest
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 600 with minimum essay score of 5
Internet-based — overall score of 96 with minimum score of 24 for writing and 23 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 67 with no communicative score less than 62
Occupational English Test (OET) An overall pass with minimum A or B score for each of the four test components
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 67 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics * and Bachelor of Paramedic Science *
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each subtest
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 600 with minimum essay score of 5
Internet-based — overall score of 96 with minimum score of 24 for writing and 23 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 67 with no communicative score less than 62
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 67 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Creative Writing *, Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Journalism *, Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science * and Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Social Science *
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in writing and speaking and 6.5 in all other subtests
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 600-617 with minimum essay score of 5.0 Internet-based overall score of 100 with minimum score of 25 for writing and speaking and 23 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 67 with no communicative score less 70
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 67 or above with no less than  good in speaking and writing and no less that borderline in the other skills
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.
Bachelor Engineering (Civil) (Honours) and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4
Internet-based overall score of 86 with minimum score of 21 for writing and 20 in all other sections
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 62 with no communicative score less than 58
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 58 or above with no less than borderline in each skill
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Primary Education, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 7.5 with minimum 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests
TOEFL Paper-based — overall score of 660 with minimum essay score of 5.5
Internet-based — overall score of 115 with minimum score of 27 for listening and speaking and 25 in writing and reading
Pearson Test of English Overall score of 80 with no listening and speaking score less than 84 and no reading and writing score less than 70
ISLPR A minimum of 4 for speaking, listening and reading and a minimum of 3 for writing
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 74 or above with no less than exceptional in speaking and listening and good in each skill
Language of Instruction English (LOI) LoI English will be considered in limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of senior secondary, post-secondary (eg VET/TAFE) or tertiary study where the language of instruction is English, completed within the last five years in any of the countries listed, may be considered: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. LoI English will not be considered for studies undertaken in countries that don’t appear in this list.

* Program not available to international students on a Student Visa

English language proficiency requirements to apply for a Student visa

An IELTS, or approved alternative, test may be required for your Student visa application, depending on your country of citizenship and the program for which you apply.

This is separate from the requirements for admission to the University. Check the requirements with the Australian Embassy or Mission closest to you, or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

English language proficiency requirements to apply for registration with a professional body

Registration with some professional bodies, such as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and qualifications recognition bodies, such as the Australian Institute for Teaching and Schools Leadership (AITSL), may have specific English proficiency requirements.

These requirements are separate from the English requirements for admission to the University, and may be more demanding than the University's entry requirements.

Check the information about registration with professional bodies provided on the program information pages of our website, or visit the website of the professional body of which you hope to gain membership.

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