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, below.
 

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.

 

Course
Swinburne English Academic Program
IELTS
(Academic)
TOEFL iBT
PTE
(Academic)
C1
Advanced
Common European Framework
VCE (EAL)

Foundation Year (12 months)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 60% or above
Overall 5.5
65 
42 
162 (No band less than 154) 
B1
Successful completion of Australian Yr 12 English

Foundation Year (8 months)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 60% or above
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
 65 (no band less than 15)
 42 (no communicative skill less than 36)
162 (No band less than 154) 
B1
Successful completion of Australian Yr 12 English

VE: 
Certificates III & IV, Diploma & Advanced Diploma

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 60% or above
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
 65 (no band less than 15)
 42 (no communicative skill less than 36) 
162 (No band less than 154) 
B1
Successful completion of Australian Yr 12 English

Diploma (UniLink)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 60% or above
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
 65 (no band less than 15)
 42 (no communicative skill less than 36) 
162 (No band less than 154) 
B1
VCE units 3 & 4: minimum study score of 20 in English or 25 in EAL (or equivalent) 

StudyAbroad & Exchange

EAP 4 Upper Intermediate level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.0
(No individual band below 5.5)
75 (No band less than 17)
50 (No communicative skill less than 45)
169 (No band less than 162)
B2
Not applicable

Undergraduate, including honours (all except education, law, honours in psychology and professional degrees)

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 65% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 6.0
 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  50 (no communicative skill less than 50)
169 (No band less than 169) 
B2
VCE Units 3 & 4: minimum study score of 25 in English or 30 in EAL

Undergraduate, including honours (education, law, professional and psychological science degrees)

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
176 (No band less than 169) 
B2
Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL)

Bachelor of Nursing

Not applicable
Overall 7.0 (No individual band below 7.0)
95 (Reading no less than 24, Writing no less than 27)
65 (No communicative skill less than 65)
185 (No band less than 176) 
C1
VCE Units 3 & 4: minimum study score of 25 in English or 30 in EAL

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Psychological Sciences (Honours)

Not applicable
Overall 7.0
No individual band below 7.0
95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22)
66 (no communicative skill less than 58)
185 (No band less than 185) 
C1
 Not applicable

Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physiotherapy

Not Available
Overall 7.0 No individual band below 6.5
95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)
66 (no communicative skill less than 58)
185 (No band less than 176) 
C1
Not applicable

Master of Dietetics

Not Available
Overall 7.0 No individual band below 7.0
95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)
66 (no communicative skill less than 58)
185 (No band less than 185) 
C1
Not applicable

Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Not Available
Overall 7.0 (No individual band below 7.0 and a score of no less than 7.5 in speaking and listening)
95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)
66 (no communicative skill less than 58)
185 (No band less than 185) 
C1
Not applicable

Postgraduate Qualifying Program

EAP 5 upper advanced level with overall 65% & all skills 60% or above
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 5.5
75 (no band less than 17)
 50 (no communicative skill less than 45)
169 (No band less than 162) 
B2 Not applicable

Postgraduate*

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
176 (No band less than 169) 
B2
 Not applicable

* These English requirements are not acceptable for postgraduate occupational therapy and psychology applicants. Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course.

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.