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English language requirements

UTS has English language proficiency requirements for all its courses for all students.

Please check the requirements that apply to you.
Note: These requirements may apply to you, even if you are not an international student.

Once you have read these English language requirements, if you are not an international student, you should return to the main future students site.

I am an international student and I:

Note: Special consideration may be given to students sponsored through aid programs.

Previous studies in English

If you have previously studied in English, you may satisfy the UTS English language requirements in one of several ways. You must:

Assessable qualification undertaken in English

You satisfy the UTS English language requirements if you have an assessable qualification that was undertaken in English from one of the following countries:
(for undergraduate Nursing courses and postgraduate Pharmacy courses, refer to Special requirements/consideration)

  • American 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

What is an assessable qualification?

Assessable qualifications from the countries listed above that may be accepted as satisfying English proficiency include:

  • senior secondary studies comparable with the NSW HSC
  • one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, including RATE Associate Diploma and Advanced Diploma, Associate degree, Bachelor degree and postgraduate studies
  • comparable AQF Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Australian or comparable non-award studies and tertiary preparation courses.

Completed a course taught in English

If you do not have an assessable qualification from one of the above countries but have successfully completed no less than the equivalent of one year full-time study of a UTS-recognised, government-accredited, public or private secondary/post-secondary course that is taught in English equivalent to the level of Australian Year 12 or higher, you can satisfy the UTS English language requirement by providing an official document from your institution on the institution letterhead certifying that the medium of instruction for your qualification was English (for undergraduate Nursing courses, refer to Special requirements/consideration).

Acceptable assessable courses of study include:

  • senior secondary studies comparable with the NSW HSC
  • one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, including RATE Associate Diploma and Advanced Diploma, Associate degree, Bachelor degree and postgraduate studies
  • comparable AQF Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Australian or comparable non-award studies and tertiary preparation courses.

Other acceptable qualifications and English programs

The following is also recognised by UTS as meeting the English language requirements (for Undergraduate Nursing course refer to Special requirements/consideration).

  • UTS Insearch Academic English Level 5 (AE5) – “Pass” for courses with an English language admission requirement of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing (refer to English language result table below)
  • UTS Insearch Academic English Level 6 (AE6) – “Pass” for courses with an English language admission requirement of IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing (refer to English language result table below)
  • High school English mark equal to or greater than 75% from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway or Switzerland
  • Australian TAFE (NSW) Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):
    • for courses requiring an IELTS academic overall score of 7.5 – Overall CPE score of 191 - 199
    • for courses requiring an IELTS academic overall score of 7.0 - Overall CPE score of 185 – 190
    • for courses requiring an IELTS academic overall score of 6.5  – Overall CPE score of 176 – 184
  • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program subjects English A: literature or English A: language and literature, where the Diploma Program was taught in a language other than English.
  • A result of level 4 or above in the core subject English in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.

Previous education not conducted in English

If your previous education was not conducted in English you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by completing an English language test or program recognised by UTS. English language proficiency test scores are recognised by UTS provided they were obtained less than two years prior to application at UTS.

The English language results required to meet UTS English language requirements for entry into the respective courses are listed below. For all combined courses, the highest English language requirement test scores apply.

Please note that the TOEFL Paper Based Test is currently being phased out by TOEFL. UTS will continue to accept TOEFL PBT scores, provided the test was taken within the two years prior to application at UTS.
 

Undergraduate coursework English language requirements

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education (Honours)
Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.5 overall,
speaking 8.0,
listening 8.0
,
reading 7.0,

writing 7.0
 102-109 overall,
speaking 23-27,
listening 23-27
,
reading 23-27,

writing 24
 73-78 overall,
speaking 79,
listening 79,
reading 65,
writing 65
 191-199,
writing 185
 N/A

 

Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications
Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.0 overall,
writing 7.0
 94-101 overall,
writing 23
 65-72 185-190 AE6


Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.5 overall,
writing 6.0
 79-93 overall,
writing 21
 N/A N/A AE5


All Engineering and Information Technology courses

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.0 overall,
writing 6.0
 60-78 overall,
writing 21
 50-57 169-175 AE5


All other courses

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.5 overall,
writing 6.0
 79–93 overall,
writing 21
 58-64 176-184 AE5
 


For all combined courses, the applicable English language requirement will be the highest score indicated for either of the combined courses.

Postgraduate coursework English language requirements

Master of Teaching in Secondary Education (excluding the Languages other than English major)

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.5 overall,
speaking 8.0,
listening 8.0
,
reading 7.0,

writing 7.0
 102-109 overall,
speaking 23-27,
listening 23-27,
reading 23-27,
writing 24
 73-78 overall,
speaking 79, 
listening 79,
reading 65,
writing 65
 191-199,
writing 185
 N/A

 

Master of Pharmacy
Master of Pharmacy (International)

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.5 overall,
7.0 in each subtest
 102-109 overall,
reading
24,
listening 24,
speaking 23,
writing 27
 73-78 overall,
speaking 65,
listening 65,
reading 65,
writing 65
 191-199 
N/A


Master of Clinical Psychology

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.0 overall,
writing 7.0
 94-101 overall,
writing 23
 65-72 185-190 AE6
 


All other courses

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.5 overall,
writing 6.0
 79-93 overall,
writing 21
 58-64 176-184 AE5
 

 

Postgraduate research English language requirements

All Health courses
All Communication courses
All Education courses
All International Studies courses
Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
Master of Laws (Research)
Doctor of Philosophy (Sustainable Futures)
Master of Sustainable Futures (Research)
Master of Business (Research)
Doctor of Philosophy [Management, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Health Economics]
Doctor of Philosophy [Economics]

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy)
Doctor of Philosophy (Orthoptics)
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Pharmacy (Research)
Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Research)
Master of Orthoptics (Research)
Master of Clinical Psychology (Research)

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

7.0 overall,
writing 7.0
 94-101 overall,
writing 23
 65-72 185-190 AE6

 

All Engineering and Information Technology courses

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.0 overall,
writing 6.0
 60-78 overall,
writing 21
 50-57 169-175 AE5
 

 

All other courses

IELTS
(Academic)

 

TOEFL
(Internet-based)

 

PTE
(Academic)

 

CAE

 

AE5/AE6
(PASS)

6.5 overall,
writing 6.0
 79–93 overall,
writing 21
 58-64 176-184 AE5
 

English language tests and programs

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Contact details for UTS IELTS Centre are as follows:
Phone: + 61 2 9514 1536 please leave a message if necessary
Fax: +61 2 9514 1824
Email: ielts@uts.edu.au
Web: UTS IELTS

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If you sit the TOEFL test, you must arrange for the official score report to be sent directly to UTS.
The UTS institutional code for TOEFL is 0743.
Web: TOEFL website (opens an external site)

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Email: PTEinfo@pearson.com.au | Web:  PTE website (opens an external site)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Test takers: Exam Centres (opens an external site)
Enquiry: Contact details (opens an external site)
Web:  CAE website (opens an external site)

Academic English Level 5(AE5) AND Level 6 (AE6)

AE5 and AE6 are offered by INSEARCH as a pathway to UTS, the INSEARCH CRICOS provider number is 00859D.

Phone: 1800 896 994 (within Australia) +61 3 8676 7001 (outside Australia)
Fax: +61 2 9281 9875
Email: courses@insearch.edu.au
Web: INSEARCH website (opens an external site)

Special requirements/consideration

Special requirements for evidence of medium of instruction for Nursing courses

For the Bachelor of Nursing (C10122) and Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C10123) degrees offered by the Faculty of Health, applicants with secondary, vocational or higher education qualification, where the applicant provides evidence that English was the medium of instruction, will be acceptable from the following countries to ensure compliance with the NSW Nurses and Midwives Board directive of 3 April 2007:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom (including the Republic of Ireland)
  • United States
  • Canada (Canadian documents would need to verify English as the language of instruction)

To ensure equivalence with the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW/ACT Pty Ltd) criteria published annually, and which are applied to all non-English-speaking background, overseas-born or overseas-educated applicants, the following countries are also deemed to be acceptable based on the applicants providing a medium of instruction letter: 

  • American Samoa
  • Fiji
  • Kenya
  • Papua New Guinea
 
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

If you have completed studies in English but do not fulfill the above requirements, you will need to provide evidence of the results for a UTS recognised English language test. Please refer to Previous education not conducted in English section.

Special requirements for evidence of medium of instruction for Pharmacy courses

Master of Pharmacy (C04252) applicants who provide evidence that their successful tertiary qualifications in the relevant degree with a minimum duration of 3 years were taught and assessed in English are exempt from the English Proficiency test. 

Special consideration for students sponsored through aid programs

Special consideration on English language requirements may be given to the applicants sponsored through aid programs (such as Australia Awards, World Bank etc.). These applicants need to demonstrate an overall IELTS Academic band score of 5.5, with a score of 5.0 in writing (or equivalent) and compulsory completion of 200 hours of English for Academic Purposes during their first six months in Australia, funded by the UTS host faculty.

Note: In some countries the Australian Embassy may have different English language requirements for those seeking a student visa. Check with your nearest Australian Diplomatic Post (opens an external site) before registering for an English language test.