English language requirements

You will generally meet English proficiency requirements if you have undertaken and completed sufficient study in English.

The following outlines what you need to achieve to meet the University's requirements.  A Faculty may require a higher standard of proficiency than that specified in the Acceptable tests for English proficiency, for programs deemed to be linguistically demanding.  Refer to the sections below regarding courses with additional requirements.

An applicant who does not otherwise meet the University's requirements may be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty.

  • English proficiency requirements

    You will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if you:

    • were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English

    • were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English

      • American Samoa
      • Australia
      • Botswana
      • Canada
      • Fiji
      • Ghana
      • Guyana
      • Ireland
      • Kenya
      • Lesotho
      • Liberia
      • New Zealand
      • Nigeria
      • Papua New Guinea
      • Singapore
      • Solomon Islands
      • South Africa
      • Tonga
      • Trinidad and Tobago
      • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
      • USA
      • Zambia
      • Zimbabwe
    • have successfully completed one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study at an affiliate institution of the University, with English as the medium of instruction and assessment. Any other information and evidence concerning your English capability will also be considered.

    If you do not meet any of the points above, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency using one of the acceptable tests.

  • Acceptable tests for English proficiency

    Test results must be attained within two years of commencement of the course for which you are applying:

    • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.0, and with no score below 5.5
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based score of 550 and TWE of 5.0
    • TOEFL Internet-based score of 80 and writing score of 25
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in all communicative skills
    • a Combined Universities Admission Test (CULT) overall score of at least 65
    • Written evidence of completion of a minimum of two full-time academic years of secondary and/or tertiary studies that have been conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.
    • a C pass in a humanities subject at the GCE 'A' level examinations in either Singapore or the United Kingdom
    • completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma with English A2 at higher or standard Level
    • A minimum of Level 4 in the core subject English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    • a C pass in 'Use of English' in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
    • completion of the UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a C pass in 'Use of English'
    • completion of an AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes)
    • successful completion of at least one year of study in a course at Associate Diploma or Diploma level on the Register of Australian Tertiary Education
    • a score of 155 in the verbal component of the STAT test
    • a Pass grade in the Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Entrance course
    • IRI Diploma of English
    • Satisfactory completion (D grade or higher in Level 3) of the Embassy CES 'English for Academic Purposes Programme' (EAPP)
    • B Pass in English at the GSCE/GCE 'O' Levels (from Britain or Singapore)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of C pass
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 52 with no band less than Borderline
    • Successfully completed one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study at an affiliate institution of the University, with English as the medium of instruction and assessment
    • the Ability EAP program with level 3 pass or above
    • the Macquarie Education Group Australia : English EAP2 or EAP3 program
    • the Strathfield College EAP program.
    • Chisholm Institute of TAFE Advanced Level General English Language Program
    • Sydney College of English Level 3 Upper- Intermediate-Advanced with 65% or above pass rate
    • German DAAD language test with no score below B
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

Courses with additional testing or proficiency requirements

  • PhD, Master by Research and Professional Doctoral courses

     

    All applicants, who do not meet the English proficiency requirements must demonstrate proficiency by completing one of the following:

    • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an average score of 6.5, and with scores of 6 or higher in each of the individual skill areas, completed within the last 12 months
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based score of 577 (or computerised TOEFL score of 233) with a Test for Written English Score (where reported) of at least 5.0 completed within the last 12 months
    • TOEFL Internet-based score of 90 with a written score of 24, completed within the last 12 months
    • Level 109 of the English Language Services (ELS) examination with a score of B or higher in the Reading and Writing components, and a score of P or higher in the Speaking and Listening components within the last 12 months

    Other equivalent examinations, as determined by the Board of Graduate Studies:

    • A university degree where the language of assessment is in English
    • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
    • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of 45
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 58 with no band less than Borderline

    The Presiding Officer of the Board of Graduate Studies may in special circumstances, on behalf of the Board, waive the above proficiency requirements after consulting the relevant Executive Dean, Sub-Dean and nominated Supervisor.

  • Undergraduate courses

    All applicants for the below courses, who do not meet the English proficiency requirements, must demonstrate proficiency by completing one of the following:

    • Bachelor of Communication (with specialisations)
    • Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene)
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
    • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

    The English requirements for the above listed courses are:

    • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and with no score below 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas
    • Paper Based TOEFL test result with a minimum overall score of 577 with a score of at least 5.0 in the Test for Written English
    • Internet Based TOEFL test with a minimum overall score of 90 and a minimum writing score of 25
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 61 and a minimum score of 54 in all communicative skills
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 58 with no band less than Borderline
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of 45
    • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
    • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

    • Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    • Bachelor of Dental Science
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy

    The English requirements for the above listed courses are:

    • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas
    • a Paper Based TOEFL test result with a minimum overall score of 600 with a score of at least 5.0 in the Test for Written English
    • Internet Based TOEFL test with a minimum overall score of 100 and a minimum writing score of 25
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 68 and a minimum score of 61in all communicative skills.
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 67 with no band less than Borderline
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of 51

    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science

    The English requirement for the above listed course is:

    You will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if you:

    • were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Ireland
      • New Zealand
      • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
      • USA
      • South Africa
    • An Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas

    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
    • Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
    • Bachelor of Education (K-12)
    • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Industry entry
    • Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies)
    • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
    • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)

    The English requirements for the above listed courses are:

    Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with the following scores:

    • Reading band no less than 6.5
    • Writing band no less than 6.5
    • Speaking band no less than 7.5
    • Listening band no less than 7.5

    This requirement is effective for all students commencing Session 1 2014

  • Postgraduate by coursework courses

    All applicants for Postgraduate coursework courses from the Faculty of Business (excluding Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Extension) and Master of Accounting Practice), who do not meet the English proficiency requirements, require one of the following :

    • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.0, and with writing band no less than 6.0 and all other bands no less than 5.5
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper-based score of 550 and TWE of 5.0
    • TOEFL Internet-based score of 80 and writing score of 25
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in all communicative skills
    • a Combined Universities Admission Test (CULT) overall score of at least 65
    • Written evidence of completion of a minimum of two full-time academic years of secondary and/or tertiary studies that have been conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.
    • a C pass in a humanities subject at the GCE 'A' level examinations in either Singapore or the United Kingdom
    • completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma with English A2 at higher or standard Level
    • A minimum of Level 4 in the core subject English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    • a C pass in 'Use of English' in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
    • completion of the UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a C pass in 'Use of English'
    • completion of an AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes)
    • successful completion of at least one year of study in a course at Associate Diploma or Diploma level on the Register of Australian Tertiary Education
    • a score of 155 in the verbal component of the STAT test
    • a Pass grade in the Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Entrance course
    • IRI Diploma of English
    • Satisfactory completion (D grade or higher in Level 3) of the Embassy CES 'English for Academic Purposes Programme' (EAPP)
    • B Pass in English at the GSCE/GCE 'O' Levels (from Britain or Singapore)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of 45
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) overall score of 52 with no band less than Borderline
    • Successfully completed one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study at an affiliate institution of the University, with English as the medium of instruction and assessment
    • the Ability EAP program with level 3 pass or above
    • the Macquarie Education Group Australia : EAP3 program
    • the Strathfield College EAP program.
    • Chisholm Institute of TAFE Advanced Level General English Language Program
    • Sydney College of English Level 3 Upper- Intermediate-Advanced with 65% or above pass rate
    • German DAAD language test with no score below B
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

    All Applicants for the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Extension) and the Master of Accounting Practice, who do not meet the English proficiency requirements, require one of the following:

    • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and with no score below 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas
    • Paper Based TOEFL test result with a minimum overall score of 577 with a score of at least 5.0 in the Test for Written English
    • Internet Based TOEFL test with a minimum overall score of 90 and a minimum writing score of 25
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 61 and a minimum score of 54 in all communicative skills
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE) with a minimum overall score of 58 with no band below Borderline
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) score of 45
    • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
    • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
  • Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP)

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentary evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Applicants will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if they:

    a) have completed all their formal studies in one or more of the following countries

    or

    were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries

    or

    have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of the following countries:

    • American Samoa
    • Australia
    • Botswana
    • Canada
    • Fiji
    • Ghana
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Nigeria
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Singapore
    • Solomon Islands
    • South Africa
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
    • United States of America
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    b)   have successfully completed one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study at an affiliate institution of CSU, with English as the language of instruction and assessment.

    As a prospective police officer, you must be able to communicate clearly in pressure situations, in face-to-face contact, over the telephone or police radio. You must be able to comprehend information provided and adequately impart information so others understand it.

    The qualifications below, at the standard specified, shall be regarded as evidence of proficiency in the English language:

    • Completion of an AQF Certificate IV (including English for Academic Purposes)
    • An academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of at least 7.0 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas
    • Successful completion of at least one year of study in a course at Associate Diploma or Associate Degree level on the Register of Australian Tertiary Education
    • A score of 155 in the verbal component of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - paper-based score of 550 with a minimum of 5.0 in the test for written English
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - computer-based score of 213 and Essay Rating of 5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based score of 80 for undergraduate with a minimum score of 25 in the writing section
    • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - overall score of 65
    • Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with English A2 at higher or sub level
    • Completion of the University of New South Wales Foundation Studies (UNSWFS) Certificate with a C pass in ‘Use of English’
    • Proficiency Test from the NSW Adult Migrant English Service (AMES) will be accepted with a score of 4 plus or better in each of the four macroskills categories of the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Academic Selection Criteria.