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English Language

Standard English requirements 

UC has standard English proficiency requirements, as outlined in the tables below. For specific requirements for your course of interest, please check the course detail.  

Courses with higher English requirements 

UC also has courses with higher than standard English requirements. When applying for these you will need to provide evidence of meeting the requirements.

UC accepts results from IELTS, PTE, CAE and CPE tests as being current for 2 years, and results from TOEFL as being current for 18 months. 

Other means of meeting English proficiency 

UCELI

If you are completing a program at UCELI you will be given an IELTS (Academic) equivalent that can be used to satisfy the University's English language proficicency requirements. If you require an IELTS score greater than than 7.0 you will need to sit one of the recognised English Language Tests.

UCC

Admission to UCC diplomas for international students has a lower English proficiency requirement. Successful completion of these diplomas will satisfy the University's standard English language proficiency requirement.

English language study in Australia and overseas 

If you have studied at English language institutes or at tertiary levels you should include all transcripts and certificates at your time of application to UC. The Admissions Office will assess these.  

In the above 3 cases you will not need to undertake English Language Testing unless it is a requirement of your International Student Visa. For more information please refer to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website.

UC's standard English proficiency requirements and equivalents:

Undergraduate Courses

Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Postgraduate Courses

Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Higher Degree by Research Courses (General)

Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Any PhD undertaken in an Education topic area supervised within ESTEM

Academic IELTS of 7.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 7.0

PhD Clinical Psychology

Academic IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent, with no minimum band score

IELTS

TOEFL

PTE

CAE

       CPE

9.0

118-120

86-90

93

-

8.5

115-117

82-85

87

-

8.0

110-114

79-81

80

60

(Grade C)

7.5

102-109

73-78

74

56

7.0

94-101

65-72

67

51

6.5

79-93

58-64

58

45

6.0

60-78

50-57

52

-

5.5

46-59

42-49

47

-

5.0

35-45

36-41

41

-

4.5

32-34

30-35

36

-

0-4.0

0-31

10-29

32

-

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