English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most CSU courses by doing one of the following:

  1. Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English; OR
  2. Obtaining Academic IELTS, within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5; OR
  3. Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and it's minimum scores) by CSU

Courses with higher ELP requirements
If you want to study any of the courses below, please consult the Courses with Higher English Language Proficiency list for their requirements:

Associate Degree in Policing Practice
Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine)
Bachelor of Dental Science
Bachelor of Education (with specialisations)
Bachelor of Health & Rehabilitation Science
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene)
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
Bachelor of Teaching (with specialisations)
Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Master of Medical Radiation Science
Master of Professional Accounting
Master of Speech Pathology
Master of Teaching (with specialisations)
PhD, Master by Research and Professional Doctoral Courses (see this section below)

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If you have previous studies in English

You will be deemed to have sufficient English Language Proficiency, in courses not requiring a higher standard of English Language Proficiency, if you meet either of the following:

  1. Were born in one of the following eligible countries, have completed at least one qualification in that country and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English; OR If you were not born in one of the following eligible countries but have completed senior secondary study, or at least one year of full-time university study, in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English. Eligible countries:

    • America Samoa
      Australia
      Botswana
      Canada
      Fiji
      Ghana
      Guyana
      Ireland
      Jamaica
      Kenya
      Lesotho
      Liberia
      New Zealand
      Nigeria
      Papua New Guinea
      Singapore
      Solomon Islands
      South Africa
      Tonga
      Trinidad and Tobago
      United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
      United States of America
      Zambia
      Zimbabwe


  2. Have completed a qualification from the following list, obtaining the outlined minimum requirement:
QualificationMinimum Requirement

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level IV including English for Academic Purposes

Successful completion of Award

Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level from a Registered Australian Training Provider i.e. TAFE

Minimum of 1-year study at Diploma level

HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary English)

Minimum of 4 in English Language

HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination)

D Pass in Use of English

GCE- A level Singapore or UK

C Pass in Humanities subject

International Baccalaureate

English A2 at higher or standard level

STAT

English A2 at higher or standard level

GSCE/GCE 'O' level from UK or Singapore

B Pass in English

Embassy CES

D grade or higher in level 3

Two full-time academic years of secondary and/or tertiary studies that have been conducted and examined solely in English.

Written evidence of completion. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by the provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.

IRI Diploma in English

Successful completion of Award

Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Course

Successful completion of Award

English for Academic Purposes Programme (EAPP)

Successful completion of Award

UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a C pass in 'Use of English'

Successful completion of Award

Ability EAP program

Level 3 pass or above

Macquarie Education Group Australia: English EAP2 or EAP3 program

Successful completion of Award

Strathfield College EAP program

Successful completion of Award

Chisholm Institute of TAFE Advanced Level General English Language Program

Successful completion of Award

Sydney College of English Level 3 Upper-Intermediate-Advanced

65% or above pass rate

Australian International College of English (AICE)

EAP 3 (6.0) and EAP 4 (6.5)

German DAAD language test

Minimum of 2 A scores and no score below B

Swedish High School English

A rating of C or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

Norwegian High School English

A score of 4 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

Finnish High School English

A score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

Danish High School English

A score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B (from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)

UTS Insearch

AE4 or AE5

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

English Advanced

Other

An applicant who does not otherwise meet the University's requirements may be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty. A written request outlining how English Language Proficiency has been achieved should be submitted with your application for admission.

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If you have completed IELTS or another English language test

Our standard Minimum Entry Criteria applies to most courses, except those listed here:

  • Academic IELTS, obtained within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 with no individual score below 5.5; OR
  • a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent, as outlined in the following table:
  • Overall Score

    IELTS

    TOEFL IBT

    PTE Academic

    TOEFL PBT

    International Second Language

    Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)

    Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015

    Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015

    6

    60

    50

    550

    Level 3

    N/A

    169

    6.5

    79

    58

    577

    Level 3+

    45

    176

    7

    94

    65

    N/A

    Level 4

    51

    185

    7.5

    102

    73

    N/A

    Level 4

    56

    191

    Individual Skill Requirement

    IELTS

    TOEFL IBT

    PTE Academic

    TOEFL PBT

    International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)

    Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015

    Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015

    Individual Skill Area

    R/L/S

    Writing

    Section Minimum

    Test for Written English Score (TWE)

    Individual Skill Area

    Individual Skill Area

    Individual Skill Area

    5.5

    14

    16

    42

    4

    Level 3 in all four skill areas

    N/A

    162

    6

    17

    19

    50

    4.5

    Level 3 in all four skill areas

    N/A

    169

    6.5

    20

    22

    58

    -

    Level 3+ in all four skill areas

    Weak

    176

    7

    23

    25

    65

    5

    Level 4 in all four skill areas

    Weak

    185

    7.5

    25

    27

    73

    5.5

    Level 4 in all four skill areas

    Weak

    185

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Courses with Higher English Language Proficiency

All applicants for the below courses must demonstrate a higher English Language Proficiency. For information on how CSU utilises English language tests other than IELTS please visit the CSU concordance tables.

CourseEnglish Language Proficiency Requirement

Associate Degree in Policing Practice

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.

Master of Professional Accounting

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no score below a 5.5 in each of the individual skill areas (Reading, Speaking, Listening) and no score below 6.0 in Writing, or a qualification deemed equivalent.

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
Bachelor of Theology

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no score below a 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
  • Written evidence of completion of a University degree that has been conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by the provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.
  • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
  • HKDSE with a minimum 4 in English Language
  • HKALE with a minimum D pass in Use of English
  • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores
  • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
  • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
  • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
  • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)

Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score IELTS of 6.5 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Dental Science
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene)
Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
Master of Speech Pathology

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.

Master of Medical Radiation Science

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.

Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
Bachelor of Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Industry entry
Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies)
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Primary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) or a qualification deemed equivalent. Testing results must be obtained within two years from the date of your application for admission.
  • Completing a TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 102 (with a score of 23 or above in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 27 for speaking and listening). Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admission.
  • International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) with a score of Level 4 in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused. Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admission.
  • Were born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa and have completed at least one qualification in one of these countries. The language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.
  • If you were not born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa but have completed senior secondary study or at least three years of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.

Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science

  • Were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Ireland
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
    • USA
    • South Africa
  • An Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
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If you are applying for PhD, Master by Research and Professional Doctoral Courses

  • All applicants for PhD, Master by Research and Professional Doctoral courses, who do not meet the English proficiency requirements, must demonstrate proficiency by completing a qualification deemed to be equivalent by CSU to an Academic IELTS of 6.5 with no score below a 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas. (see CSU ELP Concordance tables)

Applicants for PhD, Master by Research and Professional Doctoral courses will also be deemed to have meet the English language Proficiency requirements if they have completed one of the following:

  • Level 109 of the English Language Services (ELS) examination with a score of B or higher in the Reading and Writing components, and a score of P or higher in the Speaking and Listening components within the last 12 months

  • Written evidence of completion of a University degree that have been conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.

  • EAP4 program with D grade or higher

  • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores

  • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)

  • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)

  • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)

  • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007) (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)

The Presiding Officer of the Board of Graduate Studies may in special circumstances, on behalf of the Board, waive the above proficiency requirements after consulting the relevant Executive Dean, Sub-Dean and nominated Supervisor.

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CSU ELP Concordance Tables

Overall Score

IELTS

TOEFL IBT

PTE Academic

TOEFL PBT

International Second Language

Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)

Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015

Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015

6

60

50

550

Level 3

N/A

169

6.5

79

58

577

Level 3+

45

176

7

94

65

N/A

Level 4

51

185

7.5

102

73

N/A

Level 4

56

191

Individual Skill Requirement

IELTS

TOEFL IBT

PTE Academic

TOEFL PBT

International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)

Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015

Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015

Individual Skill Area

R/L/S

Writing

Section Minimum

Test for Written English Score (TWE)

Individual Skill Area

Individual Skill Area

Individual Skill Area

5.5

14

16

42

4

Level 3 in all four skill areas

N/A

162

6

17

19

50

4.5

Level 3 in all four skill areas

N/A

169

6.5

20

22

58

-

Level 3+ in all four skill areas

Weak

176

7

23

25

65

5

Level 4 in all four skill areas

Weak

185

7.5

25

27

73

5.5

Level 4 in all four skill areas

Weak

185