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English language requirements

 All applicants wishing to undertake a course of study at the University of Canberra must meet the English proficiency requirements for that particular course.

The standard English proficiency requirements are as follows:

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

Applicants should note that individual courses may have higher English requirements. 

Courses with higher English entry requirements:

Undergraduate

Course Code

Course Title

English Requirements

266JA

B Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 7.0

268JA

B Human Nutrition (Honours)

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 6.0

953AA

B Midwifery

Overall IELTS score of 7.0

885AA

B Nursing

Overall IELTS score of 7.0

250JA

B Pharmacy

Overall IELTS score of 7.5, with no band score less than 7.0

202JA

B Physiotherapy*

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 7.0

203JA

B Education

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

111JA

B Education/B Arts

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

115JA

B Education/B Science

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

204JA

B Education (Graduate Entry)

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

244JA

B Teaching (Graduate Entry)

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

ALL Law Degrees including Law Double Degrees

 

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

 

Postgraduate

Course Code

Course Title

English Requirements

485AA

Graduate Certificate in Community Counselling

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with the following band scores: 7.0 for Writing and Speaking, 6.0 for Reading and Listening

484AA

Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with the following band scores: 7.0 for Writing and Speaking, 6.0 for Reading and Listening

174JA

Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 6.0

 551AA

Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

018AA 

Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

852AA

Juris Doctor

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

742AA

Master of Clinical Psychology

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with the following band scores: 7.0 for Writing and Speaking, 6.0 for Reading and Listening

959AA

Master of Exercise Science

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 6.0

865AA

Master of International Economic Law

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

849AA

Master of Laws

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

847AA

Master of Legal Studies

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score than than 6.0

771AA

Master of Nutrition

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 6.0

772AA

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 6.0

132JA

Master of Occupational Therapy

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 7.0

767AA

Master of Pharmacy

Overall IELTS score of 7.5, with no band score less than 7.0

768AA

Master of Physiotherapy*

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no band score less than 7.0

246JA

Master of Teaching

Overall IELTS score of 7.5

979AA

Master of Arts in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0

 *For professional Physiotherapy registration with APHRA, IELTS is required for anyone who did not complete high school in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Canada or South Africa, as opposed to the University requirements where IELTS is only required for those who have not studied in an English speaking country.

Variations to the standard English language requirements for an individual course are recorded in the admission requirements in the Courses and Units Database listing for that course.

Applicants meet the University’s English proficiency requirements for all courses, including those with additional English proficiency requirements if all of their study was undertaken in English in one of the following countries:

Australia

Botswana

Canada

Fiji

Ghana

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

New Zealand

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

Singapore

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Tobago

Tonga

Trinidad

United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)

United States of America

American Samoa

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Applicants who have not undertaken all of their study in a country listed above will be required to provide evidence of meeting the English requirements if they are applying for a course with a higher English language requirement.

Applicants can also meet the University's standard English proficiency requirements by the means listed below:

  • All their study was not in one of the countries listed above, but they have undertaken at least two (2) years senior secondary study or at least one (1) year of full-time tertiary study in one of these countries, AND the language of instruction of the study was English.
  • A minimum of two (2) years full time study overseas where the medium of instruction was English. Applicants should provide an official letter from their previous tertiary institution confirming study in English.
  • The study above was not normally undertaken more than two (2) years ago. 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements detailed above may satisfy the University’s English proficiency by demonstrating the required results in the following Tests (inclusive of band scores where applicable).

IELTS

International English Language Testing System (Academic)

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT – Internet based test)

PTE

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

CAE

Cambridge English (Advanced)

CPE

Cambridge English: Certificate of Proficiency in English

 

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

-

Please note: These test scores must be no more than two years old at the time of application to the University.

English Language Test Sub-Scores

The University of Canberra accepts results from IELTS, PTE, CAE and CPE tests as being current for two years and results from TOEFL as being current for 18 months.

Where a student has undertaken a recognised English Language test and the test was undertaken after the student originally met the University’s English proficiency requirements, the results of the test will supersede any prior English proficiency assessment.

More Information on English Language Tests

Further information on these tests including booking arrangements can be found on the Test Centre’s websites:

Meeting English Proficiency by Other Means

Applicants may meet the English proficiency requirements by other means including the University of Canberra English Language Institute (UCELI) and University of Canberra College (UCC).

UCELI

Students completing a program at UCELI will be given an IELTS (Academic) equivalent that can be used to satisfy the University's English language proficicency requirements. Student completing a program at UCELI cannot achieve an equivalent overall IELTS score greater than than 7.0. Student who require an IELTS score greater than 7.0 will need to sit one of the recognised English Language Tests.

UCC

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

English proficiency entry requirements for UCC Diplomas

IELTS (Academic) or equivalent: 6.0 with no minimum bands:

Course Code

Course Name

933AA Diploma of Business
189JA Diploma of Business Informatics
951AA Diploma of Communication
199JA Diploma of Design
935AA Diploma of Information Technology
165JA Diploma of International Studies
192JA Diploma of Science

IELTS (Academic) or equivalent: 5.5 with no minimum bands:

Course Code

Course Name

934AA Diploma of Business extended
189JB Diploma of Business Informatics extended
952AA Diploma of Communication extended
936AA Diploma of Information Technology extended
165JB Diploma of International Studies extended

Meeting English proficiency by other means can include study at English language institutes in Australia and overseas and English study at tertiary levels within Australia. Applicants should include all transcripts and certificates at the time of application to assist assessment of English proficiency by these means. The Admissions Office maintain a list of commonly used tertiary qualifications that are assesed as meeting our standart English proficiency requirements.

Applicants meeting the English proficiency requirements by other means will not be required to undertake English Language Testing unless it is a requirement of the International Student Visa. For further information please refer to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/english-requirements.htm