English language entry requirements

Each Swinburne Sydney course has a minimum English language entry requirement. Swinburne currently accepts take-home versions of these tests: TOEFL iBT® Special Home EditionIELTS™ Academic and DuoLingo English. Please see the table below, for more information. 

Postgraduate courses

IELTS (Academic module) Overall 6.5. No individual band below 6.0
PTE Academic 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
TOEFL iBT 79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)
TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test^ 79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)
C1 Advanced* 176, no band less than 169
Common European Framework B2
DuoLingo English Test^ Overall score of 105-110
ELSIS English Language Schools EAP2 Program with a minimum A grade

 * formerly Cambridge English: Advanced [CAE].

^ Valid for students commencing Swinburne programs in 2022-2023 teaching periods only.

Alternative English language entry

You may not require a standard English test score to apply for a Swinburne course if you:

  • had English as the language of instruction during previous education
  • have completed GCE ‘O’ Level English with a minimum grade of ‘C’
  • have completed an International Baccalaureate
  • have studied English in Australia or another country

Applicants with English as the language of instruction:

  • Secondary and/or tertiary studies at an institution where English is the only/main language of instruction and assessment may qualify students to meet the English language requirements for study at Swinburne.

Students must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of two years of full-time study (four standard full-time semesters), not more than two years prior to commencing your studies at Swinburne.

Documentary evidence in the form of a letter or transcript is required from the institution at which the study was undertaken. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.