If English isn’t your first language, you may be required to provide evidence that your English language ability meets our requirements.

You may need to submit results from an acceptable English language test taken in the last two years prior to starting at UNSW.
COVID-19 alternative arrangements
In response to COVID-19, which led to widespread disruption of English language testing, UNSW will accept English Language Test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) completed no more than three years before your intended start date. This will be accepted for 2022 intakes.
Here are some ways you can achieve the language requirements:
  • UNSW accepts English language test scores to meet our English language requirements provided

    • You completed the test no more than two years before your intended start date, the English test must be dated on or after the 1st of January (two years prior) for Term 1 commencement, 1st of May for Term 2  commencement or the 1st of August (two years prior) for Term 3 commencement and
    • You achieved the minimum scores for your desired program.
    Lists of test we accept: 
    1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Academic version and IELTS indicator only
    2. TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based) including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
    3. TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper based test)
    4. PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic)
    5. C1 Advanced Cambridge (formerly known as CAE - Cambridge Advanced English) 
    6. C2 Proficiency Cambridge (formerly known CPE - Cambridge Proficiency English) 
    7. ANU Access Program

     

    Check below to see if your results meet our English language requirements.

    • Note: When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 7 overall (min 6.5 in writing & reading, 7.5 in speaking & listening)

      7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art & Design programs: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 7.5 overall (min 7.0 in writing & reading, 8.0 in speaking & listening)

      7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

      Business 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest) 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest) 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)
      Engineering 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
      Law & Justice

      7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

       

       

      7.0 overall (min 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other subtests)

       

      Medicine & Health

      6.5 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management:7.0 overall (min 6.0 in each subtest)

      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

      Science 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 7.0 overall (min 7.0 in each subtest)
      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
      UNSW Canberra 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
    • Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture 

      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, 27 in listening, 24 in speaking)

       

      94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 102 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading, 28 in listening, 26 in speaking)

       

      94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

       

      Business 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking) 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking) 96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
      Engineering 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
      Law & Justice

      94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
      94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking) 96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
      Medicine & Health

      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)

      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 94 overall (min. 25 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking)
      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
      Science 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 94 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking)
      90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
      UNSW Canberra 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
    • Note: TOEFL MyBest Score is not accepted. When applying for a cross-faculty double degree, the higher English requirements apply.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 589 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)

      589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 610 overall (min. 6.0 in TWE)

      589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

       

       

      Business 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
      Engineering 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
      Law & Justice

      589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
      589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 589 overall (min. 5.5 in TWE)
      Medicine & Health

      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 589 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
      Science 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted

       

       

      577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

      UNSW Canberra 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)
    • Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 65 overall (min. 58 in writing and reading, 73 in listening and speaking)

      65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 73 overall (min. 65 in writing and reading, 79 in listening and speaking)

      65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Business 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
      Engineering 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
      Law & Justice

      65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
      65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest)
      Medicine & Health

      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 65 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
      Science 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: 65 overall (min. 65 in each subtest) 
      64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
      UNSW Canberra 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest) 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)
    • Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (176 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

      185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

      185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Business 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
      Engineering 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      Law & Justice

      185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest)
      Medicine & Health

      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      Science 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
      176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
      UNSW Canberra 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest) 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest)
    • Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: 185 overall (min. 180 in writing and reading, 191 in speaking and listening)

      185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): 191 overall (min. 185 in writing and reading, 200 in speaking and listening)

      185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Business 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      Engineering 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      Law & Justice

      185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      Medicine & Health

      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest
      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      Science 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
      180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
      UNSW Canberra 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest) 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest)
    • Note: When applying for a cross faculty double degree, the higher English requirements applies.

      Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
      Arts, Design & Architecture

      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Education: Not accepted

      Not accepted

       

      Exceptions:

      • Art and Design programs: successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

      Not accepted 

       

       

      Business Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted
      Engineering Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall  Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall  Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
      Law & Justice

      Not accepted

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
      Not accepted Not accepted
      Medicine & Health

      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

       

      Exceptions:

      • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: Not accepted

      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: Not accepted
      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
      Science Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 

       

      Exceptions:

      • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
      Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
      UNSW Canberra Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall  Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall  Successful completion with a minimum of 70% overall 
  • If you have received a Conditional Offer from UNSW Sydney, you can meet our English language requirements by taking UNSW Global’s University English Entry Course (UEEC) and achieving the minimum scores as outlined below by course. However, if you wish to apply for a cross-faculty double degree, there will be higher English language requirements to meet.

    UNSW Global offers university pathway programs that provide a seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. They will provide you with the academic and English language foundations for success. Contact UNSW Global to find out more.

    Faculty Undergraduate Postgraduate coursework Postgraduate research
    Arts, Design & Architecture

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Bachelor of Education: Not accepted

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Art and Design programs: Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    • Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary): Not accepted

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

    Business Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of B- in the writing component
    Engineering Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    Law & Justice

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice: Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of B- in the writing component
    Medicine & Health

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree: Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management: Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    Science Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component

     

    Exceptions:

    • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic & Organisational) including combined PhD/Master: Not accepted
    Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
    UNSW Canberra Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component
  • UNSW accepts prior study results to meet our English language requirements on certain conditions.

    Check the table below to see if your qualification meets our minimum entry scores for your desired course. Alternatively, you can check UNSW Degrees page to see language requirements for your preferred degree and if your qualification or situation meets the criteria and conditions.

    • Senior Secondary results completed in a recognised English-speaking country will meet our English language requirements if they:

      • Were taught and examined in English
      • Were attempted no more than two years before your intended start date.
    • UNSW recognises some academic qualifications (including the International Baccalaureate) completed in non-English speaking countries.

      Qualifications from Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore or the United Kingdom will meet our English language requirements provided they were:

      • gained no more than two years before your intended start date, and
      • meet the minimum scores for your desired course.

      Check below to see if your qualification is eligible for your desired course.

      Qualification Minimum Requirement
      German Abitur Grade 12 in English

      All Business programs: Grade 13 in English

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
      Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 4 in English Language or Literature in English

      Business, Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: 5 in English Language or Literature in English
      All India Senior School Certificate - [CBSE] Grade of C1 in English Core

      All Business programs: Grade of B2 in English Core

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
      Indian School Certificate - [ICSE] 70% in English

      All Business programs: 80% in English

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
      International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Grade 4 or above in one of the following IB English courses:
      • English A: language and literature at standard or higher level; or
      • English A: literature at standard or higher level; or
      • English B at higher level
      Business, Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Grade 6 in IB English A at Higher Level or Grade 7 in IB English A at Standard Level
      Malaysia – Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) C pass in 920 English

      Business, Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: A in Literature (920)
      Singapore - Cambridge GCE A Levels C grade in a Humanities* Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) subject or C grade in the General Paper

      Business, Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: A in English Language and Linguistics

      *A Humanities subject is an Arts or Social Science subject which is taught in English, where you will have a substantial amount of reading, essay writing and written exams. Humanities subjects: Ancient History/Classical studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Drama and Theatre, Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, World Development.
      United Kingdom - GCE A Levels A minimum of grade C in a Humanities-based* subject at an A2 level or a minimum of grade C in the General Paper at an A2 level

      Business, Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: A grade in Humanities* or English (A2) level or an A in English Language and Literature or English Language at an (AS) level

      *A Humanities subject is an Arts or Social Science subject which is taught in English, where you will have a substantial amount of reading, essay writing and written exams. Humanities subjects: Ancient History/Classical studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Citizenship Studies, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Critical Thinking (formerly Critical and Contextual Studies), Drama and Theatre, Economics, English (English Language/English Literature), Film Studies, General Studies, Global Perspectives and Research, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Media Studies (Media is not a humanities subject), Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policies, Sociology, World Development.
      Swiss Matura

      A grade of 5 (good) or better in English

      Business programs: A grade of 6 (very good) or better in English

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted

       

      Qualifications from Denmark, Sweden or Norway will meet our English language requirements provided they were:

      • completed within four years before your intended start date , and
      • meet the minimum scores for your desired course.

      Check below to see if your qualification is eligible for your desired course.

      Qualification Minimum Requirement
      Denmark - Danish Studentereksamen or Higher Preparatory Examination Grade 7 in English in the final year (English B or English A)

      All Business programs: Very good or grade 10 in English

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
      Norway - Norwegian Certificate of Upper Secondary Education Grade 4 in the First Year of Upper Secondary English (if this is the only completed English subject); or average Grade 4 in all completed Upper Secondary English subjects

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
      Sweden - Swedish Secondary School Leaving Certificate Grade D in English in the final year (English 6/English Course B)

      All Business programs: Very Good (VG) or B in English

      Education, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs: Not accepted
    • Check to see if your qualification meets our minimum entry scores for your desired course.

      Qualification Minimum Requirement
      UNSW Foundation Studies C+ in Academic English

      Please note that the English language entry requirements are higher for the following programs:
      • Education (B+)
      • Business, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs (B)
      Foundation Program from an Australian Group of Eight (Go8) University Grade C+ or 70% in English
      • Please note that ANU Foundation students need to complete Advanced Academic English and UMELB Foundations students need to complete English for Academic Purposes.
      The English language entry requirements are higher for the following programs:
      • Education (B+ or 85%)
      • Business, Law (except Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree programs (B or 80%)
      Australian TAFE / Private Provider Studies

      Completed AQF Diploma or completed AQF Advanced Diploma

      All Bachelor of Education programs : Not accepted

      Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) programs: Not accepted

      Graduate Diploma in Psychology: Not accepted

      Master of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) including combined PhD/Master programs: Not accepted

    • UNSW accepts completed or incomplete post-secondary or tertiary qualifications completed in English to meet our English language requirements depending on whether you are also a citizen of an English-speaking country. Check below to see if your situation meets our requirements.

      Note: Not applicable for the Bachelor of Education (any program), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) or Master of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic and Organisational) including combined PhD/Master.

      COMPLETED QUALIFICATION

      If you hold a completed qualification, and you hold citizenship of a recognised English-speaking country, you will meet our English language requirements if your qualification was:

      • an AQF Diploma or higher from a recognised institution,
      • taught and examined in English.

      Please provide:

      • a statement or certificate issued by the Registrar, or equivalent, confirming that the sole language of instruction and assessment was in English. Your statement or certificate must be on official letterhead and you will need to provide the original document,
      • proof of citizenship.

      If you hold a completed qualification, and you do not hold citizenship of a recognised English-speaking country, you will meet our English language requirements if your qualification was:

      • an AQF Diploma or higher from a recognised institution,
      • taught and examined in English,
      • gained within the two years before you start your degree at UNSW.

      Please provide:

      • a statement or certificate issued by the Registrar, or equivalent, confirming that the sole language of instruction and assessment was in English. Your statement or certificate must be on official letterhead and you will need to provide the original document.

      If you hold a completed qualification, and you do not hold citizenship of a recognised English-speaking country, you will meet our English language requirements if your qualification was:

      • a minimum three years in length from a recognised university,
      • taught and examined in English,
      • gained more than two years before you start your degree at UNSW, 
      • you have been a resident in Australia or another recognised English-speaking country since graduation and meet one of the following conditions:

      - You can prove you have seven years’ experience in an English-language environment either academic or work in the following way: your qualification was a minimum three years in length from a recognised university, taught and examined in English, gained more  than two years before you start your degree at UNSW plus you have direct work experience in an English-speaking country where the sole language of business was English for at least four out of the seven years prior to the start of your degree at UNSW.* OR

      - You can prove you have seven years’ experience in an English-language environment either academic or work in the following way: your qualification was a minimum four years in length from a recognised university or from UNSW, taught and examined in English, gained more than two years before you start your degree at UNSW plus you have direct work experience in an English-speaking country where the sole language of business was English for at least three out of the seven years prior to the start of your degree at UNSW.*

      Please provide:

      • a statement or certificate issued by the Registrar, or equivalent, confirming that the sole language of instruction and assessment was in English. Your statement or certificate must be on official letterhead and you will need to provide the original document,
      • a CV, and a letter from your previous employer/s stating that the sole language of business communication was English.
      INCOMPLETE QUALIFICATION

      If you hold an incomplete qualification, you will meet our English language requirement for specific degrees if your studies were:

      • completed for at least one year full-time at AQF Bachelor level or higher from a recognised institution 
      • undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of UNSW degree,
      • taught and examined in English,

      Please provide:

      • a statement or certificate issued by the Registrar, or equivalent, confirming that the sole language of instruction and assessment was in English. Your statement or certificate must be on official letterhead and you will need to provide the original document.
  • What is an English waiver?

    An English waiver is a decision by UNSW to waive the English language requirements based on life experience and circumstances. To apply for an English waiver you will need to meet any two of the conditions listed below.

    How can I apply for an English waiver?
    • You can apply for an English Waiver during your online application – just submit a personal statement with your supporting documentation under the English Language Requirements section of the online application form.
    • If you are applying for an Undergraduate and Postgraduate course, you can apply for an English waiver by submitting an enquiry here.
    • If you are applying for a Higher Degree by Research, please upload your request and supporting documents to your online application as one file.
    Is my country recognised as an English-speaking country?

    UNSW recognises the following countries as English-speaking: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Does UNSW accept all requests for an English waiver?
    • UNSW does not accept any requests for an English waiver for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (including combined PhD/Master) or Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).
    • UNSW Canberra does not accept any requests for an English waiver for Higher Degree Research program including the Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Doctorates, Master by Research or Master of Philosophy.
    Conditions for an English Waiver
    • English Language Test Scores – between two-five years ago

      You completed the IELTS, TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PBT, PTE, C1 Advanced Cambridge, C2 Proficiency Cambridge or the ANU Access program between two to five years ago and achieved our minimum scores.

      Please refer to English tests section above to see our minimum scores.

      Please provide:

      • Your test results.

      English Language Test Scores – no more than two years before your intended start date

      You completed the IELTS, TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PBT, PTE Academic, UNSW UEEC, C1 Advanced Cambridge or C2 Proficiency Cambridge within the last two years. Use the table to see if your English Language Test scores meet the scores required for your desired course.

      Please provide:

      • Your test results
      Applicable to which program/s IELTS - Academic version only TOEFL IBT TOEFL PBT PTE Academic UNSW Global UEEC C1 Advanced Cambridge C2 Proficiency Cambridge
      All programs except where specified below 6.0 overall (min. 5.5 in each subtest) 79 overall (min. 21 in writing, 12 in reading, 11 in listening, 17 in speaking) 500 overall (min. 4.5 in TWE) 50 overall (min. 42 in each subtest) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C and a minimum grade of C- in the writing component. 169 overall (min.162 in each subtest)

      N/A

      All Law and Business undergraduate & postgraduate coursework programs (excluding UNSW Canberra and Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice), Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) including double degree and the Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management

      6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 58 overall (min. 50 in each subtest) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component. 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest) 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest)
      All Arts, Design & Architecture postgraduate coursework and research programs (excluding UNSW Canberra, Art & Design postgraduate coursework programs and Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)) 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 58 overall (min. 50 in each subtest) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component. 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest) 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest)
      All Business and Law postgraduate research programs (excluding UNSW Canberra) 6.5 overall (min. 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in other subtests) 90 overall (min. 24 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE) 58 overall (min. 58 in writing, 50 in other subtests) Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C+ in the writing component. 176 overall (min.176 in writing, 169 in other subtests) 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest)
      Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (all programs) English waivers are not available for admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education
      Master of Psychology (Clinical & Forensic) including combined PhD/Master English waivers are not available for admission to the Master of Psychology (including combined PhD/Master)
      Graduate Diploma in Psychology English waivers are not available for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology
    • Directly relevant Work Experience for at least the last two years – any program

      You have at least two years of directly relevant work experience, in the relevant industry or equivalent discipline practice, in an English-speaking country or workplace where the sole language of business was English.

      Please provide:

      • A letter from your employer on company letterhead which states your position title, the duties you undertook and an idea of what level of English was spoken and how English was used in terms of written or verbal communication.

      Directly relevant Work Experience for at least five years out of the last seven – AGSM @ UNSW program only

      You have five years, out of the last seven, of directly relevant work experience, in the relevant industry or equivalent discipline practice, in an English-speaking country or workplace where the sole language of business was English.

      Please provide a letter from your employer on company letterhead for any employment which is not already covered by the referee letters you have already submitted with your AGSM application.

      Please provide:

      • A letter from your employer on company letterhead which states your position title, the duties you undertook and an idea of what level of English was spoken and how English was used in terms of written or verbal communication.

      If you can demonstrate this experience, you will not need to satisfy a second condition for an English waiver.

    • You successfully completed at least one year of full-time study, in an assessable qualification, at a university or other post-secondary educational institution where the sole language of instruction and assessment was English.

      Please provide:

      • A statement or certificate by the institution’s Registrar, or equivalent, confirming this, which is an official document from the institution or on official letterhead.
    • You lived in a recognised English-speaking country for at least five years before you plan to start your course at UNSW.

      Please provide:

      • References which state whether a basic, medium, high or academic level of English speaking and writing skills was needed.
      • Copies of passports and/or visas to prove your residency in the English-speaking country was for at least five years.
    • You hold a current valid NAATI accreditation as a Professional Interpreter or Translator, formerly known as Level 3 accredited.

      Please provide:

      • Your certificate of NAATI accreditation.
    • You sat the GMAT within the last five years and you scored a minimum overall GMAT score of 550 with a minimum score of 25 in Verbal, 35 in Quantitative and 4.0 in the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).

      Please provide:

      • Your test results.
    • You are a qualified doctor/health professional overseas, hold a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia and are currently employed in the health system in Australia.

      Please provide:

      • Your CV with referees.
      • Proof of your current registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
    • You can supply evidence of successfully completing a UNSW Study Abroad or Exchange program within the last two years.

      Please provide:

      • Your transcript.
    • You can supply evidence of successfully completing a program within the last two years, which is recognised by UNSW as a defined qualification pathway.

      Please provide:

      • Your transcript.

Things to know

  • UNSW recognises the follow countries as English-speaking: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

  • If your application does not meet our English language requirements, but you are otherwise eligible for admission to your desired course, you will be issued a Conditional Letter of Offer.

    A full Offer for admission will be issued when you submit documents which demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements.

    Conditional Offers based on English language requirements are not offered to UAC applicants for domestic undergraduate or postgraduate coursework programs and any Higher Degree Research applicants. 

  • UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide a seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals including the University English Entry Course.

    With a Conditional Package Offer, you will be able to apply for a student visa for the duration of UNSW Global’s University English Entry Course (UEEC) and your UNSW course.

    The package offer is only valid for UNSW Global’s UEEC and this depends on whether you are accepted into the UNSW Global.

    Conditional package offers are not offered for entry to the Bachelor of Education (any program), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Psychology (including combined PhD/Master) or Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

  • For advice on applying for a student visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs.

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