English language requirements

English is the language of instruction when you come to study at Melbourne.

Your lectures, tutorials, exams, class discussions and other activities will be in English. Given this, it's important you understand what English language requirements you'll need to meet to be offered a place at Melbourne.

The following information will help you understand English language requirements for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as additional tests and foundation programs you can do to satisfy these requirements.

We have made some temporary revisions to the English language requirements to accommodate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For courses commencing mid-year 2020 and all intakes in 2021, the following revisions apply:

  • Students who had met English language requirements for Semester 1 2020 and deferred to the mid-year 2020 intake will automatically meet them for mid-year intakes in 2020
  • The validity of IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson PTE Academic tests has been temporarily extended from two to three years
  • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition version is temporarily being accepted as equivalent to existing accepted TOEFL tests
  • Tests not listed above or in our existing English Language Requirements, including Duolingo and Versant tests, will not be accepted.