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.

Provider / Program

Level of Entry

Foundation Year
(8 months)

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

Study Abroad & Exchange

PQP

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), Master of Dietetics

Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Physiotherapy

Masters of Teaching (Primary) & (Secondary

IELTS (Academic Module)

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

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 6.5

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

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)

50
(no communicative skill less than 50) **

58
(no communicative skill less than 50)

66
(no communicative skill less than 58)

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

65
(no band less than 15)

65
(no band less than 15) **

75
(no band less than 17)

75
(no band less than 17)

75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) **

79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)

95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22)

79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) ***

95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)

95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)

95 (no band less than 20 and no writing band less than 22)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test^

65
(no band less than 15)

65
(no band less than 15)

75
(no band less than 17)

75
(no band less than 17)

75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)

-

-

79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)

-

-

-

TOEFL iBT MyBest Score ##

65
(no band less than 15)

65
(no band less than 15)

-

75
(no band less than 17)

75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)

-

-

79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)

-

-

-

C1 Advanced*

162, no band less than 154

162, no band less than 154

169, no band less than 162

169, no band less than 162

169, no band less than 169

176, no band less than 169

185, no band less than 176

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

B1

B1

B2

B2

B2

B2

C1

B2

C1

C1

C1

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

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

-

-

-

-

-

-

Duolingo English Test^

Overall score of 85-90

Overall score of 85-90

-

Overall score of 95-100

Overall score of 95 - 100

-

-

-

-

-

-

Occupational English Test (OET)

-

-

-

-

-

-

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

-

-

-

-

 

(1) Education, law, 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.

^ Approved as a temporary response to COVID-19 pandemic for a period of 12 months ending April 2021

## MyBest scores should be within two years of the date of application to Swinburne.  Students entering Swinburne with these tests must be required to sit a Versant placement test prior to beginning study and based on the result may be required to undertake additional English language study at Swinburne.  Approved as a temporary response to COVID-19 pandemic for a period of 12 months ending April 2021.

^^ Applicants must undertake the Nursing profession OET test and minimum scores must be obtained from a single test sitting.  Results are valid only for two years from test date.

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.