English language requirements

English is the language of instruction and assessment across the University of Melbourne.

You must meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place. As an undergraduate or graduate student, you can satisfy the English language requirements in a number of ways depending on your circumstances. In order to meet the requirements you must fulfil one of the options below.

Non-English speaking background or education

  • You can use TOEFL , IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding the proposed date of commencement of enrolment.
  • Undergraduate TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English and CAE requirements
  • Graduate TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English and CAE requirements
  • Note: Undergraduate students with an IELTS overall score of less than 7, a TOEFL (IBT) score of less than 94, a Pearson Test below 65, a Cambridge English Score below 185 or those who have achieved the minimum score in an approved English subject required for entry, will be required to take a Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA) on enrolment at the University and to follow recommendations for language support. Read further information about DELA.

The University of Melbourne TOEFL Code is 0974. Please use this code so that your results can be reported to us.

English language assistance

International applicants who do not meet the English language requirement for direct entry may consider an Academic English Program or may be eligible for the University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP).Find out more


English-speaking background or education

1. For undergraduate applicants (including study abroad and exchange students):

Satisfactorily complete secondary studies and gain the required score in an approved final-year English subject. Approved subjects include:

  • an approved Australian Year 12 English subject
  • IB English: At least Grade 4 Standard or Higher Level
  • an approved Australian Foundation Program English subject
  • New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA): at least 18 credits of English at level 3 with a minimum grade of 55% (merit)
  • General Certificate of Education subjects. Applicants who have completed their GCE A Levels can satisfy the University's English language requirements by achieving at least a grade C in one of these approved English subjects:

    AS or A Level General Paper
    AS or A Level General Studies
    AS or A level English Language
    AS or A level English Literature
    AS or A level English Language and Literature

    Notes
    • Applicants who have completed their GCSE and A Levels in the United Kingdom can satisfy the University's English language requirements by achieving either a grade of C in GCE A Levels or a grade of B in GCSE English.
    • Applicants who have completed Sri Lankan A Levels must satisfy the English language requirements by completing the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English.
    • Singapore A Level subjects must be completed at Higher 2 (H2). The Singapore A Level subject Knowledge and Inquiry (H2) also satisfies the English language requirements.
  • Studentereksamen (Denmark): English A - Grade 7, English B - Grade 10
  • Abitur (Germany): Grade 10 in Leistungskurs English
  • VWO (Netherlands): Grade 8 in final year English
  • Vitnemal (Norway): Grade 4 in final year English
  • Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg (Sweden): VG or grade 4 in final year English or a C grade in English 6
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education : English with a Grade of 4 or higher
  • CBSE XII or CISCE Indian School Certificate (India): Grade of 50% or Higher in Final Year English subject.

2. For undergraduate applicants (including study abroad and exchange students):

  • within the last 2 years have satisfactorily completed at least the first year of a tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English;
  • or within the last 5 years have satisfactorily completed at least a two year tertiary course taught and assessed entirely in English.

3. For graduate applicants (including study abroad and exchange students):

  • For applicants who have satisfactorily completed a postgraduate degree of at least two years’ duration or an undergraduate degree, where the degree was entirely taught and assessed in English
    • If the degree was completed within the last two years, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
    • If the degree was completed between two and five years ago, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
    • If the degree was an undergraduate degree completed more than five years ago evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required.
  • For applicants who have satisfactorily completed a postgraduate degree of at least one years’ duration, where the degree was taught and assessed entirely in English
    • The English language entry standard for the completed postgraduate qualification must be at least IELTS (Academic) overall band score 6.5 or equivalent; and:
      • If the degree was completed within the last two years, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
      • If the degree was completed between two and five years ago, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
      • If the degree was completed more than five years ago evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required.

* Designated countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and United States

Only for study abroad and exchange students:

If you are a study abroad or exchange student, you can fulfil the University's English language entry requirements by one of the methods above or by one of the methods available to study abroad and exchange students only below:

  • Common European Framework Language System International study abroad and exchange students can satisfy the English language requirements by achieving a certificate of English language proficiency from their home institution with an overall grade of C1 (according to the Common European Framework) in lieu of an overall academic IELTS score of 6.5.
  • English language requirements for students from Finland
    The English language requirement for study abroad and exchange students from Finland can be satisfied if a grade of at least 8 or better in English or English A is achieved in their final year of secondary school.

Official University Selection Principles

See also the official University Selection Principles