Entry requirements for international students have changed

Regardless of whether you’re going to be studying in Melbourne or from your home country, you need to meet the minimum English language and academic requirements for the course you want to study. To accommodate the current situation, you can now take your entry test online. Swinburne currently accepts online versions of these tests: TOEFL iBT® Special Home EditionDuoLingo English and LinguaSkill.

Please see the English Requirements table.

Academic requirements

Foundation Year, UniLink diplomas, vocational education and bachelor degrees

Enter your details to find entry requirements for your chosen course.

Other qualifications

To confirm entry requirements using an overseas qualification that does not appear on the list, please call 1300 275 794 (within Australia)
+61 9214 8444 (outside Australia) operating hours 9am - 5.30pm AEST or complete the enquiry form.

Master and research degrees

Use Course Search to find the entry requirements for your chosen course.

English language requirements

Each Swinburne online course has a minimum English language entry requirement. Use our Course Search function to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or use the table, below. 

Your course may have an additional prerequisite English test called the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic). When you’re allowed to travel to Australia, you’ll be able to take this test at our Hawthorn campus. Visit PTE Academic for more information.

Approved English Language Tests and Minimum Required Entry Scores for non award programs, study abroad and exchange and higher education (HE) diplomas

Provider / Program

Level of Entry

Foundation Year
Extended

Foundation Year
(8 months)

HE Diploma - one year program
post Y12 (including UniLink & UniLink Bridging programs)

Study Abroad & Exchange

PQP

IELTS (Academic Module)

Overall 5.0
No individual band below 5.0

Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 5.5
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 5.5

PTE Academic

36
(no communicative skill less than 36)
 

42
(no communicative skill less than 36) 
42
(no communicative skill less than 36) 
50
(no communicative skill less than 45)
50
(no communicative skill less than 45)

TOEFL iBT

 -

50
(no less than 5 in reading, 5 in listening, 14 in speaking, 15 in writing)

50
(no less than 5 in reading, 5 in listening, 14 in speaking, 15 in writing)

60
(no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking, 19 in writing)

60
(no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking, 19 in writing)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test^

- 

50
(no less than 5 in reading, 5 in listening, 14 in speaking, 15 in writing)

50
(no less than 5 in reading, 5 in listening, 14 in speaking, 15 in writing)

60
(no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking, 19 in writing)

60
(no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking, 19 in writing)

C1 Advanced*

154, no band less than 154 

162, no band less than 154 162, no band less than 154 169, no band less than 162 169, no band less than 162

Common European Framework

B1 

B1 B1 B2 B2

Linguaskill – General^

- 

Overall score of 140-159 with no band less than 120 Overall score of 140-159 with no band less than 120 - Overall score of 160-179 with no band less than 140

Duolingo English Test^

- 

Overall score of 85-90 Overall score of 85-90 - Overall score of 95-100

* formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE]

^ Valid for students commencing Swinburne programs in 2021 and 2022 (covers all teaching periods in 2021 and 2022) – COVID-19 response.

Approved English Language Tests and Minimum Required Entry Scores for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses

Provider / Program

Level of Entry

UG

(excluding courses listed in note (1) below) 

UG

(for courses in education, law, professional degrees & psych sci)

UG

Bachelor of Nursing

Post-graduate coursework

Honours (psychology & psych sci only), Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science, Master of Dietetics Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physiotherapy Masters of Teaching (Primary) & (Secondary

IELTS (Academic Module)

 Overall 6.0
No individual band below 6.0 **

Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
Overall 7.0
No individual band below 7.0^^
Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0 ***
Overall 7.0
No individual band below 7.0
Overall 7.0
No individual band below 6.5
Overall 7.0, No individual band below 7.5 in speaking and Listening 

PTE Academic

50
(no communicative skill less than 50) 
 

58
(no communicative skill less than 50)
65
(no communicative skill less than 65)^^
58
(no communicative skill less than 50) 
66
(no communicative skill less than 58)
66
(no communicative skill less than 58)
66
(no communicative skill less than 58)

TOEFL iBT

64
(no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)

79
(no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)

94
(no less than 24 for reading, 24 for listening, 23 for speaking, 27 for writing)^^

79
(no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)

94
(no less than 25 in reading, 24 in listening, 23 in speaking, 27 in writing)

94
(no less than 19 in reading, 20 in listening, 20 in speaking, 24 in writing)

94
(no less than 25 in reading, 27 in listening, 25 in speaking, 27 in writing)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test^

64
(no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)

- -

79
(no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)

- - -

C1 Advanced*

169, no band less than 169 

176, no band less than 169 - 176, no band less than 169 185, no band less than 185 185, no band less than 176 185 (No band less than 185)

Common European Framework

B2

B2 - B2  C1 C1 C1

Linguaskill – General^

Overall score of 160–179 with no band less than 160

- - - - - -

Duolingo English Test^

Overall score of 95 - 100

-  -  -  -  -  -

Occupational English Test (OET)

-

-

Minimum of B (>350 marks) in each of listening, reading, writing and speaking^^ 

 -  -  -  -

(1) Education, exercise and sport science, law, nursing, psychological science and honours in psychology & psychological science and professional degree courses.

* formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE].

** For applicants from South Asian countries - applicants must meet the overall band but may accept applicants with a 0.5 score below on one of the individual bands where the applicant has completed at least two years of full-time study in English not more than two years prior to commencing Swinburne studies, and have achieved a minimum of 60% in their Australian equivalent Year 12 English subject, or a minimum of ‘B’ in O Levels English subject or a ‘C’ in A Levels English subject.

*** For applicants from South Asian countries - applicants must meet the overall band but may accept applicants with a 0.5 score below on one of the individual bands where the applicant has completed tertiary studies at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment not more than two years prior to commencing Swinburne studies.

^ Valid for students commencing Swinburne programs in 2021 and 2022 (covers all teaching periods in 2021 and 2022) – COVID-19 response.

^^ NMBA Registration Standard: English Language Skills includes requirements around the number of test sittings from which results will be accepted.  

Swinburne English Language Centre

Swinburne offers English language courses that can help you meet the minimum English language requirement for study. On successful completion of English for Academic Purposes at Swinburne, you may be granted direct entry to your chosen degree, diploma or certificate provided you also meet other (academic) entry requirements.

Alternative English language entry

There are also a number of alternative ways to meet the English language requirements for courses, depending on where you completed your secondary education.