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 programs.

Table 2 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 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)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Graduate Entry)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
  • Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Table 1 Standard English Language entry requirements for all programs except those specified in table 2

Some country specific qualifications (e.g the German DAAD certificate) may also meet English language requirements. Review the types of qualification accepted and minimum achievement level required for entry in to USC programs.

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

These lists are not exhaustive. Other proof of English proficiency may be considered and applications are assessed individually.

Students progressing from the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program to an undergraduate program, will need to demonstrate the English language proficiency required for entry to that program as indicated in either Table 1 or 2.

 

Test or other preparationTPP Program                 Undergraduate (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 6.0 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 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 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 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 minimum overall score of 65% Successful completion with a minimum grade of 65 percent Successful completion with a minimum grade of 70 percent Successful completion with a minimum grade of 70 percent
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) - Successful completion - -

* 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 English language entry requirements for non standard programs

English language proficiency for the programs listed in Table 2 may only be met by the test criteria in Table 2. 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, Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Graduate Entry) 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.

 

Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership)
IELTS (Academic)       Overall score of 7 with minimum of 7.0 in all other subtests                                                                                                                                         
TOEFL

Paper based -overall score of 785 with a writing score of 5.5

Internet based - overall score of 105 with no subscore less than 25

Pearson Test of English Overall 70 with no communicative skill less than 70
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall 67 with no less than 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.

 

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)

* 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.

Further information 

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