English language proficiency requirements

Listed below are the English language proficiency requirements for entry to academic programs at the University of Sydney.

The Australian Government requires applicants from certain countries to achieve a minimum IELTS score in order to issue a student visa. For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website (www.immi.gov.au).

Undergraduate applicants (including combined programs)

Applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following methods:

1. Minimum proficiency test results as outlined in Table 1 below. English language test scores must be less than 2 years old at the date of course commencement at the University of Sydney.**

English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate courses (Table 1)

Faculty

Degree Program

IELTS

Paper-based TOEFL

Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)

 

 

Overall

Section minimum

Overall

Test of Written English

Overall

Writing section

All other sections

All

Standard requirement

6.5

6

577

4.5

90

23

22

Higher requirements apply to the following undergraduate programs:

Architecture, Design and Planning

All programs

7

6

600

5

101

25

24

Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

7.5

7

627

5

106

25

24

Bachelor of Economics

7

6

600

5

101

25

24

Business

All programs except Combined Law and Combined Medicine

7

6

600

5

101

25

24

Education and Social Work

Bachelor of Education and all combined degrees

7.5

#

627

5

106

25

24

Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Science (all combined degrees)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

7

7

600

5

101

25

24

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) & Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

7

6.5

600

5

101

25

24

Law

All combined degrees

7.5

7

627

5

106

25

24

Nursing

All combined degrees*

7

7

600

5

101

25

24

Science

Bachelor of Science & Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

7

6.5

600

5

101

25

24

Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

7

7

600

5

101

25

24

* Higher requirement applies to the:
Bachelor of Arts, or
Bachelor of Health Sciences, or
Bachelor of Science
combined with the Master of Nursing
.
# All Bachelor of Education programs( including all combined Bachelor of Education programs) require a minimum of 8.0 in Listening and Speaking and a minimum or 7.0 in Reading and Writing.

  • Completion of English A1 at Higher or Standard Level;
  • Completion of English A2 at Higher or Standard Level;
  • Completion of English B at Higher Level with a Grade of 4 or more;
  • Completion of English B at Standard Level with a Grade of 5 or more.

3. You have completed at least one year of full time university study in an English speaking country or in a tertiary institution where the language of instruction (ie teaching, assessment and examination) was in English.**

4. You have completed a qualification accepted by the University as proof of your proficiency in English as specified in Table 2 below:

Table 2

Country/Qualification

Standard

American Samoa

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Australia

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Canada

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Denmark Studentereksamen

A grade of 10 or better for English B, level B

Fiji

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Finland Upper Secondary School Certificate

A grade of 8 or better in English or English A language

GCE A Level (Malaysia)

A to C pass in the subject English or other humanities subject

Germany Abitur

A grade of 3 or better in Advanced Level English (LF)

Hong Kong A Levels

B pass in Use of English

Ireland

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Kenya

Completion of GCE A Level qualification/tertiary studies in English

Malaysia STPM

D pass in 920 English or B pass in 914 English

Netherlands VWO

A grade of 8 or better for level 6 High School English

New Zealand

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Norway Vitnemal

A grade of 4 or better for upper secondary school English

Papua New Guinea

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Singapore

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Solomon Islands

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

South Africa

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Sweden Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg

A grade of VG or better in Upper Secondary School English

United Kingdom

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

United States of America

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

Zambia

Completion of senior secondary/tertiary studies in English

For students from those countries (assessment levels 3 and 4) who are required by the Commonwealth Government to provide IELTS or TOEFL results for a student visa, and who do not have a record of satisfactory achievement in secondary/tertiary studies in an English-speaking country, this test result will be the primary assessment tool used for determining admission.

Postgraduate applicants

Applicants must provide evidence of minimum English language proficiency through one of the following methods:

1. Applicants who can provide evidence of satisfactory achievement in tertiary studies* in which the language of the institution and of instruction, examination and assessment was English, may not be required to provide further evidence of English proficiency. Satisfactory achievement is determined by each faculty in accordance with the discipline concerned and their English test standards. The tertiary studies must have been undertaken no more than 5 years prior to the date of application for admission to the University of Sydney.

* Please refer to specific definitions of a satisfactory tertiary record for some faculties as given below:

For courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the faculty has defined 'satisfactory achievement' as follows: To meet the requirements of 'satisfactory achievement', applicants must present evidence of one year full-time university study in which the language of the institution was English and the language of instruction, examination and assessment was English. To be 'satisfactory' the applicant must have a credit average if this qualification was not used to gain admission. In countries where English is not the official language, students will be required to provide a statement from the Registrar/Academic Affairs office or equivalent confirming English as the language of the institution and the language of instruction, examination and assessment.

For courses in the Business School, the faculty has defined 'satisfactory achievement' as follows: To meet the requirements of 'satisfactory achievement', applicants must present evidence of one year full-time university study in which the language of the institution was English and the language of instruction, examination and assessment was English. To be 'satisfactory' the applicant must have a credit average if this qualification was not used to gain admission. The study must have been undertaken at a recognized institution. Where a university has two official languages, one being English, proof must be received from the Registrar/Academic Affairs Office or equivalent that the applicant’s entire course was conducted in English.

For courses at Sydney College of the Arts, the faculty has defined 'satisfactory achievement' as follows: To meet the requirements of 'satisfactory achievement', applicants must present evidence of one year full-time university study in which the language of the institution was English and the language of instruction, examination and assessment was English. To be 'satisfactory' the applicant must have a pass average if this qualification was not used to gain admission. The study must have been undertaken at a recognized institution. Where a university has two official languages, one being English, proof must be received from the Registrar/Academic Affairs Office or equivalent that the applicant’s entire course was conducted in English.

2. Proficiency test results as outlined in Table 1 below. English language test scores must be less than 2 years old at the date you apply to the University of Sydney.

English language proficiency requirements for postgraduate courses (Table 3)

Faculty

Degree Program

IELTS

Paper-based TOEFL

Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)

 

 

Overall

Section minimum

Overall

Test of Written English

Overall

Writing section

All other sections

All

Standard requirement

6.5

6

577

4.5

90

23

22

Different requirements apply for the following postgraduate programs:

Architecture, Design and Planning

All programs

7

6

600

4.5

100

23

22

Arts and Social Sciences

Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programs in:

Art Curatorship

Crosscultural Communication

Health Communication

Human Rights****

International Security

International Studies

Media Practice

Museum Studies

Political Economy

Professional Communication

Public Policy

Publishing

Strategic Public Relations

Note: From 2012, the above English requirement listed on this table will also apply to Economics courses

7

6

600

4.5

100

23

22

All coursework programs in Translation Studies

7

#

600

5.0

100

24

22

All coursework programs in

US Studies

7

##

600

5.0

100

24

22

All coursework programs in Creative Writing and Arts (English) for 2011 and onwards

7

####

600

5.0

100

24

22

Business

All research programs

7

6.5

600

5.0

100

24

22

Following coursework programs for 2011:

Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations,

International Business and Law,

Management, Management (CEMS),

Marketing,

Note: From 2012, the above English requirement listed on this table will apply to all postgraduate coursework programs in the Business School

7

6

600

4.5

100

23

22

Dentistry

All postgraduate coursework programs

7

6.5

600

5.0

100

24

22

Education and Social Work

 

 

Master of Teaching

7.5

***

610

5

102

24

22

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

7.5

7.0

610

5

102

24

22

Graduate Certificate in TEFL

5.5

5

520

4

68

17

N/A

Health Sciences

 

 

All coursework programs in:

Exercise and Sports Science,

Health Informatics,

Nuclear Medicine,

Diagnostic Radiography,

Radiation Therapy

7

**

600

5

100

24

22

All coursework programs in: Physiotherapy,

Master of Occupational Therapy,

7

###

600

5

100

24

22

Master of Exercise Physiology,

Master of Speech Language Pathology

7

7

600

5

100

24

22

Law

 

All programs except the Juris Doctor

7

6

600

4.5

100

23

22

Juris Doctor (JD)

7.5

7

627

5

106

25

24

Medicine

All programs in:

Qualitative Health Research, Genetic Counselling

7

6.5

600

5

100

24

22

Music

 

Master of Music Studies (Performance),

Graduate Diploma of Music (Performance)

6

6

574

4

89

17

N/A

All research degrees

Graduate Diploma of Music (Accompaniment)

Master of Music Studies (Conducting),

Master of Music Studies (Opera),

Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera)

7

6.5

610

5

100

24

22

Nursing

All programs

7

7

600

5

100

24

22

Pharmacy

All coursework programs

7

6.5

600

4.5

100

24

22

Science

 

 

 

Doctor of Clinical Psychology

7

7

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

All coursework programs in Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching)

7.5

6

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Master of Environmental Science and Law

7

6

600

4.5

100

23

22

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

7.5

6.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Veterinary Science

All programs

7

6.5

600

5

100

24

22

# All postgraduate coursework programs in Translation Studies require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.
## All postgraduate coursework programs in US Studies require a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Reading.
### All programs in Physiotherapy and the Master of Occupational Therapy require a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Writing and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Reading.
#### All postgraduate coursework programs in Creative Writing and Arts coursework programs with a specialisation in English, eg. Master of Arts (English), require a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and 6.0 in other bands.
** These programs require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and 6.0 in other bands.
*** Master of Teaching requires a minimum of 8.0 in Listening and Speaking and a minimum or 7.0 in Reading and Writing.
**** Please note that this does not include the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation which requires the standard entry scores.

About test scores

All IELTS requirements refer to the Academic IELTS test. The General IELTS test will not be accepted.

The University of Sydney is an international IELTS testing centre. If you would like to book an IELTS test or to find out more information, please visit our Centre for English Teaching (CET) at: http://sydney.edu.au/cet/

English courses

If you do not meet the English requirements for your chosen course and you need to improve your standard of English before you commence your degree, English courses are available at the Centre for English Teaching (CET) at the University of Sydney.

Applicants who achieve the required grades in the "Direct Entry Course" at CET are not required to provide further evidence of English proficiency. Students who do not enrol into the "Direct Entry Course" at CET, will need to provide evidence of meeting the English requirements for their course as specified in the tables above. The English course must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to the date of application.

For more information, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/cet/