Undergraduate English requirements

TOEFL

You need to meet the University's TOEFL (academic test) requirements within the 24 months preceding application. The following scores are required:

  • Paper based test - a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English.
  • Internet based test - a score of 79 and scores of:
    • Writing: 21
    • Speaking: 18
    • Reading: 13
    • Listening 13

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

Students with a TOEFL (IBT) score of less than 94 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.

IELTS (Academic)

You need to meet the University's IELTS (academic test) requirements within the 24 months preceding application. The following scores are required:

  • an overall band score of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Students with an IELTS overall score of less than 7 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.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

You need to meet the University's Pearson Test of English (Academic test) requirement within the 24 months preceding application.

The following score is required:

  • an overall score of between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English: Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

You need to meet the University's CAE requirement within the 24 months preceding application.

The following score is required:

  • A Cambridge English Score of 176 with no skill below 169.

Further information

Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Your original TOEFL or IELTS test report form must be included with your application. Certified copies and TOEFL examiner's score records are not accepted.

Note: Some specific courses may have different TOEFL or IELTS score requirements.

Details about TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and CAE testing are available by following these links:

Conditional offers

If you offer is conditional on you meeting the English language requirements, you must meet the minimum TOEFL, Pearson, IELTS or CAE scores above to be eligible for a place.

Hawthorn - Melbourne

Hawthorn - Melbourne (previously Hawthorn English Language Centre) offers a range of English language programs that prepare international students for further university study (including IELTS preparation).

If a faculty has a lower TOEFL/IELTS requirement, students may be required to enrol in, and pass, English as a Second Language subjects as part of their degree program. It is important to note that applicants who have undertaken their final year of study in less than the usual amount of time, for example a fast-track, accelerated or intensive program, will be required to meet the University's TOEFL or IELTS requirements.

English for immigration requirements

While the IELTS, TOEFL, CAE and Pearson Test of English tests are acceptable for meeting the University's English language requirements, the requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) may differ. It is recommended that you contact your nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission in order to ascertain the English requirements for obtaining a student visa.