English language requirements

All international research degree applicants are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression. Scholarship applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency with their application by the closing date of 31 August.

English language requirement and proficiency can be demonstrated by:


Passing an approved test

The English tests accepted by the University of South Australia are:

  • IELTS - Academic stream
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • University of Cambridge: ESOL Examinations for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) OR the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Different programs have different English requirements (please see the table below)

Minimum entry scores

Divisions with English rich programs

University of South Australia Business School; Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences; Most Division of Health Sciences Programs
IELTS (overall)IELTS min for all sub scoresTOEFL iBT (overall)*TOEFL
iBT min for all sub scores
TOEFL PBT (overall)TOEFL PBT min sub scoresPTE**CPECAE
7 6 100 21 600-603 55 74 Grade B Grade A

 

Divisions with non English language rich programs

 Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment; Some Division of Health Sciences Programs
IELTS (overall)IELTS min for all sub scoresTOEFL iBT (overall)*TOEFL
iBT min for all sub scores
TOEFL PBT (overall)TOEFL PBT min sub scoresPTE**CPECAE
6.5 6 90-91 21 577 55 66 Grade C Grade B

*We are unable to accept TOFEL ‘ITP’ tests.

** The PTE minimum sub scores are:
            - English-language-rich programs: no communication score less than 68

            - Non-English-language-rich programs: no communication score less than 60
.

NOTE: Normally test results are valid for two years and must be current at the time of commencement at the University of South Australia.

Our research degree English language requirements are also available on the Academic English qualification levels accepted by the University of South Australia (PDF, 75kb) conversion table.

Division of Health Sciences IETLS requirements (PDF, 198kb)

Completing an Academic English program

If you do not meet the University of South Australia's English entry requirements, you may undertake an English language program at the Centre for English Language at the University of South Australia (CELUSA) or another University of South Australia approved provider. Note, this is not an option for Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships and University President's Scholarship (UPS) applicants, who must meet the English language requirements by the scholarship closing date (31 August)

CELUSA offers the Academic English (AE) program for students planning to study at an Australian education institution. Students must succeed to the level determined by CELUSA: 

  • Completed and passed CELUSA AE5 – non English language-rich programs
  • Completed and passed CELUSA AE6 – English language-rich programs

UTS Insearch Academic English Program (in Bahasa Indonesia)

The UTS Insearch Academic English Program delivered in Bahasa Indonesia is a recognised way of meeting UniSA’s English language requirements. Applicants in Indonesia who do not meet the English language requirements may undertake a UTS Insearch Academic English Program in order to satisfy these requirements. If you have an IELTs (or equivalent test) score which is 0.5 below the requirements, UniSA may make an offer that is conditional on you meeting the required IELTS score either by sitting another IELTS (or equivalent) test, or by successfully completing the 10 week UTS Insearch Academic English Program.

Students who have successfully completed the UTSInsearch AE 5 Academic English program at Distinction and High Distinction Levels will satisfy the English language requirements for programs at the University of South Australia where the current entry is IELTS 6.5, and

Students who have successfully completed the UTSInsearch AE 6 Academic English program at Distinction and High Distinction Levels will satisfy the English language requirements for programs at the University of South Australia where the current entry is IELTS 7.0.

Alternate ways to meet the English language requirements include:

Note: It's the applicant's responsibility to obtain the English proficiency evidence and, RTPi/ UPS applicants must provide evidence before the scholarship closing date (31 August).

Within the last 2 years prior to the date of commencement:

  • Successful completion of a tertiary qualification at a Bachelor level or above completed in Australia

Within the last 5 years prior to the date of commencement:

  • Successful completion of at least two years of tertiary study at a Bachelor level or above at an institution where the language of instruction and assessment is English. Where previous study was conducted in English, applicants must provide official documentation from the educational institution certifying that the medium of instruction and assessment was in English
  • Academic teaching experience: you may meet the University’s English language requirements if you can provide written evidence that you have two or more years of teaching experience in the English language at an overseas academic institution. Such applications must be supported by the proposed supervisor and Dean of Research (or equivalent)
  • Publications: if you have written in English and have had at least two pieces of work published in scholarly books or internationally recognised journals you may be able to meet the University’s English language requirements. Such applications must be accompanied by an authorship statement or evidence of the contribution of the applicant and supported by the proposed supervisor and Dean of Research (or equivalent)

 

Areas of study and research

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