English language requirements for Not-for-Degree Study Abroad and Exchange students

Ensure you meet our English language requirements

You may use one of the following tertiary degree studies, accepted qualifications or accepted tests to satisfy our English language requirements.

The following studies must have been taught in English outside of Australia:

  1. Successful completion of at least one semester full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or post graduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University* in New Zealand, Republic of Ireland or United Kingdom or;
  2. Successful completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised University* in Canada, Singapore, South Africa or United Stated of America or;
  3. Successful completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree level study at a recognised institution where the course studied is taught entirely in English.

For point 3 above you must supply a letter issued from a recognised institution confirming that you have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent of a Bachelor degree certifying that the medium of instruction of the course is English.

The letter must be an official document from the institution on the institution letterhead.

*A recognised University is defined by the World Higher Education Database (WHED)

Accepted Qualifications Accepted English results listed by Country

CountryAccepted qualificationsEnglish requirementMust be completed
within 5 years of
application
Non-country specificGCSE/IGCSE/GCE Ordinary Level Grade C or 4 (from 2017) in one of the following subjects:

English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, or English as Second Language
No
 GCE Advanced Subsidiary LevelGrade C or better in one of the following subjects:
English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
GCE Advanced LevelGrade E or better in one of the following subjects:

English, English Literature, English Language, First Language English, English General Paper or English as Second Language
No
International Baccalaureate (IB) DiplomaGrade of 4 or above in one of the following subjects:
- English A: Literature (SL) or (HL);
- English A: Language and Literature (SL) or (HL);
- Literature and Performance (SL);
- English B (HL).

Prior to 2013:
- English A1 (SL) or (HL);
- English A2 (SL) or (HL);
No
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)Completion of GAC in Australia with a final GPA of 2.6.Yes
CanadaHigh School Graduation Diploma (except Quebec)Grade of 60% or better in final year English subject.No
Denmark- Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) (Secondary Education Graduation Certificate);
- Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) (Higher Preparatory Examination Certificate);
- Bevis for Højere Handelseksamen (HHX) (Higher Commercial Examination);
- Bevis for Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX) (Higher Technical Examination Certificate)
- English Level B: a grade of 7

- English Level A: a grade of 4 from 2007
Yes
FinlandYlioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination)Grade of “Cum laude approbatur” in English (Advanced).Yes
GermanyAbitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)Grade of 4 or better in English (refer to score stated in Block II: performance in school-leaving exams).Yes
Hong KongHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)Level 4 or above (4, 5, 5* or 5**) in the core subject English Language Level 5 or above is required for Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)Yes
IndiaIndian School Certificate; or All India Senior School Certificate60% in English subject.Yes
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)Grade of C or better in English subjectYes
MalaysiaSPMC6 or better in GCE-O Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris (English).Yes
MauritiusCambridge School Certificate / Cambridge GCE Ordinary levelGrade C in one of the following subjects: English Language, Literature in English  
 Cambridge International AS LevelGrade C in English General Paper  
 Cambridge Higher School Certificate Professional (HSC Pro)Grade C in Global Perspectives (8030)No
NetherlandsVoorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)Grade of 8 in English.Yes
New ZealandBursaryTotal Mark of 50 in English.No
NCEA Level 3A minimum of 8 achieved credits at Level 2 or 3 in English, with at least 4 achieved credits in Reading and 4 achieved credits in Writing.No
NorwayVitnemål For Videregående OpplæringGrade of 4 or better (4, 5 or 6) in English subject.Yes
Republic of
Ireland
Irish Leaving CertificateOrdinary Level English: Grade 4 or C3 (before
2017)
Higher Level English: Grade 7 or D3 (before 2017)
No
ScotlandScottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Course- Grade 1 or 2 in Standard Grade Credit English (SCQF Level 5) (discontinued);
- Grade 1 or 2 in National 5 English (SCQF Level 5);
- At least Grade C in Higher English (SCQF Level 6); 
- At least Grade D in Advanced Higher English (SCQF Level 7).
No
SingaporeSingapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level and A LevelGrade of C or better in 'O' level English, English Literature or English Language; General Paper (H1 Level) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2 Level).No
South

Africa
National Senior CertificateLevel 4 (50%) in English Home Language or Level 5 (60%) in English First Additional Language.No
Sri LankaSri Lankan General Certificate of Education Ordinary level or Advanced levelC (Credit Pass) in English, General English.Yes
SwedenHögskoleförberedandeExamen (from 2014)Grade C in English 6 Yes
 Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg (Prior to 2014)VG grade in English CYes
USAACT Score of 21.No
Advanced Placement (AP) examinationsA grade of 3 or higher in English Language and Composition; or English Literature and Composition.No
SAT (test sat from 2016)A combined score of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the Evidence based Reading and Writing and Math in the SAT from the same sitting, with a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and 400 in Math section.No
SAT (test sat between 2005-2015)A combined score of at least 1500 out of 2400 in the Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections in the SAT Reasoning Test from the same sitting, with a minimum of 460 in each section.No
Zambia Zambia General Certificate of Education Grade of 6 or better (5, 4, 3, 2 or 1, 1 being the highest) in English Yes
ZimbabweZimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education at Ordinary Level Grade C or better in English subjectYes

Accepted English tests The test must have been undertaken within two years of application, however, they may be used for entry until the next semester intake.

 Minimum English language proficiency
IELTS Academic Overall Score
with individual bands
6.0
6.0
Curtin ELB/ELEB- or
Gateway Program: A
PTE Academic Overall***
with individual bands
50
50
TOEFL iBT
All sections
68
R – 13
L – 13
S – 18
W – 21
CAE Overall Score
Cambridge English Scale scores for each skill
(Exam taken from 2015)
169
R – 169
W – 169
L – 169
S – 169

*B2 with same scores is also acceptable
STAT WE140
OET (Calculated average score of all components)
All four components (Exam taken from September 2018)
250
250
OET
All four components
(Exam taken prior to September 2018)
C+