Academic and English language requirements for Australian study visa

Study and build a career from various world-class Australian universities has become of dream of almost every student seeking study abroad. There are plenty of reasons favouring studying in Australia. It is actually one of the top countries to choose if you are an international student, followed by the United Kingdom and the United States.

However, international students will have to fulfil various Academic and English language requirements to get entry into their course and receive a student visa.

English language requirements

In majority of cases, applicants have to provide results of an English language test. However, they need to keep in mind that the English language skill level required by a college/university might be different from the level of skill needed for their student visa application.

These days there are five main English language tests accepted for student visa applications in Australia, these are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (internet-based test, accepted from limited countries)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Occupational English Test (OET)

The most important thing to remember if you want your results to be accepted is that the test results needs to be less than two years old when the application is made.

Although there are the minimum scores requirements for a student visa, but applicants will probably require a higher score to get entry to their course. For undergraduate courses, the minimum scores requirement at the majority of universities are:

IELTS:  overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0)

TOEFL (internet-based test): overall score of 60 to 90

CAE:  overall score of 169 to 176 (no less than 169 in each category)

PTE Academic: overall score of 50 to 64.

As minimum scores requirements greatly differ between institutions and study levels of, therefore, it is always recommended to check with individual providers before applying. Some courses, like education or law programs and nursing usually have stricter requirements, while in case of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, requirements are generally quite lower. Those who cannot fulfil English language requirements can consider taking an ELICOS program to improve their English language skills. 

Academic requirements

The academic requirements applicants need to meet if they want to study in Australia, generally vary depending on the level of education they want to study.

Apart from meeting English language entry requirements, other entry requirements for the different levels of study include:

Higher Education Postgraduate: To gain entry into an Australian postgraduate course, applicant needs to have the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level. Apart from it, the institution might also consider the research ability or relevant work experience during the application process.

Higher Education Undergraduate: To get admission into an Australian undergraduate course, applicants need to have a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12). Moreover, few undergraduate courses might also have certain pre-requisite subjects.

Schools:  Entry requirements vary from school to school depending on the state or territory applicant will be studying in. Most important factors that schools mostly considered during the application process are academic performance and ability.

Vocational education and training: In majority of cases there are no entrance exams for VET institutions but some courses might have definite pre-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.