Undergraduate English language requirements
At Melbourne, all undergraduate degrees are taught and assessed in English. When you apply for an undergraduate degree, you'll need to meet the University's English language requirement to be eligible for an offer to study with us.
You can meet the English language requirement in a number of ways, depending on your circumstances.
Temporary changes to the English language requirement due to COVID-19
We've temporarily revised to the English language requirement to accommodate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For courses commencing mid-year 2020 and all intakes in 2021, the following revisions apply:
- 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
- For applicants who meet our English language requirement by satisfactorily completing at least the first year of a tertiary course, taught and assessed entirely in English, the time limit has been temporarily extended from two to three years prior to planned commencement.
How can you meet our English language requirement?
There are many ways that you may meet our undergraduate English language requirement. Learn more about your options by clicking the links below.
An English proficiency test
You can satisfy the undergraduate English language requirement by completing one of the approved English language proficiency tests and achieving the required score.
Previous study in English
Approved secondary or tertiary study may meet our English language requirement.
Foundation study program
Are you an international student? A foundation program may provide a pathway to tertiary study at Melbourne. Foundation programs can help you meet the academic requirements to study with us including subject prerequisites for your chosen degree and our English language requirement.
Improve your academic English language and study skills to prepare for university study in Australia. A bridging program can help you to meet the English language requirements for your course.
An approved English language proficiency test
All approved English language proficiency tests must be completed in one sitting, within 24 months of when you plan to start studying with us. Your score needs to be achieved from a single test report. Examiner’s results are not acceptable.
You must achieve the following scores to meet the English language requirement for all of our undergraduate degrees, except the Bachelor of Oral Health*:
- TOEFL (paper-based): total score of at least 577 with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974. Please note that we don't accept the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test.
- TOEFL (internet-based): total score at of least 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading and 13 for listening. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.
- IELTS: total score of at least 6.5 in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.
- Pearson Test of English: overall score of at least 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
- Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Cambridge English Score of at least 176 with no skill below 169.
- C2 Proficiency (previously called Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) examination): Cambridge English Score of at least 180 with no skill below 180.
*You must achieve the following scores to meet the English language requirement for the Bachelor of Oral Health:
- TOEFL (internet-based): total score of at least 94 and scores of at least 27 for writing, 23 for speaking, 24 for reading and 24 for listening.
To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.
- IELTS: total score of at least 7.0 in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 7.0.
- Pearson Test of English: overall score of at least 65 and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 65.
Secondary school English
You will meet our English language requirement with the following secondary English study:
Details of how the English language requirement can be satisfied
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
Achieve a P2 or higher in Literature in English or satisfactorily complete both Global Perspectives and Independent Research Report
GCE A Levels
Grade of at least C in one of the following subjects:
Applicants who have completed their GCSE and A Levels in the United Kingdom may also satisfy the University’s English language requirements by achieving a grade of at least B in GCSE English.
Please note if you have completed Sri Lankan A Levels, you must satisfy the English language requirements by completing an approved English language proficiency test.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
At least grade 4 in English or English B at SL or HL
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL
Secondary qualifications in other states
Equivalent of the VCE requirement
Alberta High School Diploma
Pass the 30/31 English subject (only for students completing the qualification in Canada)
British Columbia Graduation Certificate
Pass English 12 or English Studies 12 (only for students completing the qualification in Canada)
Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Pass ENG4U, ENG3U, ENG3C or ENG4C (only for students completing the qualification in Canada)
Grade 7 or higher in English A or Grade 10 or higher in English B
Grade 10 or higher in Leistungskurs or Kurse mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau English
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
English with a grade of 4 or higher
CBSE XII (All India Senior School Certificate Examination)
Pass the English subject in the CBSE
CISCE Indian School Certificate
Pass the English subject in the ISC
Grade of at least D2 in higher level English
Grade 4 or higher in final year English
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Achieve at least 18 credits in Level 3 English including at least 10 at merit or above
Vitnemål For Videregående Opplæring
Grade of at least 4 in ENG1002 or ENG1003
Scottish Qualifications Certificate
Grade of at least C in Higher Level English
Singapore A Levels
Grade of at least H2 in the A Level subject Knowledge and Inquiry
South African National Senior Certificate
Pass final year English
At least VG or grade 4 in final year English or at least a C grade in English 6
Advanced Placement exam
A score of at least 3 in AP English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition
Tertiary study taught and assessed entirely in English
You’ll meet our English language requirement if you :
- Pass at least the first year of a tertiary course~, taught and assessed entirely in English* within the last two years.
- Pass at least a two year tertiary course~, taught and assessed entirely in English*, within the last five years.
- Passing a single language-rich tertiary subject may also be approved to meet the English language requirement. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please provide a full syllabus or detailed subject outline, which includes information such as the specific lecture and practical class timetable, weekly topics or themes covered, modes of assessment, contact hours and reading lists (if any) for the relevant subject(s).
- University of Melbourne subjects which have already been approved for this purpose are available via our Single subject study program (CAP). Subjects must be completed in an assessed mode to meet the English language requirement. Approved subjects include:
~For this purpose, ‘course’ includes a VET Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree that is studied for at least one year full-time.
*This does not apply if the institution you studied at is located is in China, India or Pakistan. If you have completed your tertiary studies in another non-English speaking country, you will need to submit the following documentation with your application:
- A letter on official letterhead, or an email from an official staff member email account;
- From the Academic Registrar or a suitable delegate;
- Which specifies either:
- That all degrees at the institution are entirely taught and assessed in English; or
- That the specific degree you completed was entirely taught and assessed in English.
The notification must apply to both the awarding institution and the institution you studied at (if different).
Foundation program study
The score needed to meet our English language requirement for each approved foundation program is outlined below:
Please note: Students completing a fast-track or accelerated version of their foundation program will need to complete an approved English language proficiency test, unless specified below.
Details of how the English language requirement can be satisfied
Trinity Foundation Studies
Pass the English and English for Academic Purposes subjects
ANU College Foundation Program
A result of at least 65% in Advanced Academic English
Monash University Foundation Year
Pass English Units 1 and 2
UNSW Foundation Studies Program
Pass the Academic English subject
University of Adelaide College Foundation Program
Pass both English for Academic Purposes and Critical Thinking
University of Sydney Foundation Program
Pass English A and English B
UWA Foundation Program
Standard program: pass four English units
Extended program: pass five English units
Accelerated program: pass four English units
Western Australian Universities Foundation Program
Pass English and Australian Cultural Studies
University of Otago Foundation Year
Grade B or higher in Academic English
NCUK International Foundation Year
Achieve an overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in each component in English for Academic Purposes
University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP)
Hawthorn-Melbourne, one of Australia’s oldest and largest English language centres, is endorsed by the University as the sole external provider of the University of Melbourne’s English language bridging programs:
- University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP)
- University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program Preparation (UMELBP Prep)
These programs provide a direct English language pathway for international students to our undergraduate courses. Visit the Hawthorn English website, to check whether the course you’re interested in at Melbourne accepts UMELBP Prep or the UMELBP as an entry point and for full details regarding entry requirements.
Please note that these English language bridging programs are not available to domestic students.
Academic English language program
Hawthorn-Melbourne offers academic English language programs that can help you to satisfy our English language requirement. These programs include:
- IELTS Preparation Program
- English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
- Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) Program.
- Packaged offers for visa applications.
Packaged offers reduce the time and cost involved for international students applying for Australian visas. They're available if you have an offer from the University that is conditional only on meeting the English language requirement.
This packaged offer enables you to obtain a single visa, if you do an English language course at Hawthorn-Melbourne followed by a University of Melbourne course.
The packaged offer requires you to complete a 10 or 20-week course at Hawthorn-Melbourne (depending on your IELTS score) before commencing your undergraduate degree.
You're eligible for a packaged offer if you:
- Apply through an authorised University overseas representative
- Have an offer for a place at the University of Melbourne that is conditional only on satisfying the University’s English language requirement
- Have achieved an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 and enrol in a 20-week English course at Hawthorn-Melbourne, or have achieved an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 and enrol in a 10-week English course at Hawthorn-Melbourne.
Why was I asked to sit an English proficiency test?
If our assessors have any doubt about international applicant’s English language proficiency you may be required to sit an approved English language test to satisfy our English language requirement.
Can I defer my course commencement?
If you apply to defer, your method of satisfying the English language requirement will need to be reviewed. The method you've chosen to satisfy the English language requirement may expire before your new course commencement date - if this is the case a new conditional offer for the updated intake may be issued.
What is Diagnostic English Language Assessment (DELA)?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be asked to take a DELA on enrolment at the University. DELA is a free assessment designed to help you find out which communications skills you need to focus on. Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll be sent a personalised communication skills development plan with programs and resources to help you develop your communication skills further.Learn more about DELA