Course entry requirements

International students must meet minimum academic and English language requirements to be eligible to study with us.

Minimum academic requirements

Entry requirements for Charles Sturt University courses vary from country to country.

Basic entry requirement information is listed below as a guide only. Some courses have specific academic requirements for international students.

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis.

  • Undergraduate entry requirement
    Country Undergraduate entry requirement
    Australia
    • ATAR - 55 (some courses require higher ATAR scores, refer to the International Admissions Matrix above)

    • OP - Minimum of 18 = ATAR 55

    • USFP - 57%

    • MUFY - 46%

    • UNSW Foundation - 57%

    Bangladesh
    • Completion of at least one year of study at a recognised university with passing grades or better

    • Completion of a 2 or 3 year bachelor's degree with a recognised university with passing grades or better

    • A completed award with a minimum total score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    China
    • Completion of the first year of a recognised university bachelor's degree

    • Completion on the National College Entrance Examination Gaokao with a minimum score of 60% of the total maximum Gaokao score for the province.

    • Completion of the China Senior High School Middle Year 3 Gaosan with an average of 80% across the top four academic subjects.

    • A completed award with a minimum total score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    Hong Kong
    India
    • Completion of the All India Senior School Certificates, where awarded by CBSE and metro state boards. Overall score of 60% in 4 Academic subjects:

      • CBSE

      • India School Certificate (ISC)

      • State Boards;

        Higher Secondary Certificate Examination,
        Higher Secondary Examination,
        Higher Secondary Part II Examination,
        Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination,
        Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination,
        Intermediate Examination,
        Intermediate Public Examination,
        Second Year Pre-University Examination,
        Senior Secondary (12th Class) Examination,
        Senior Secondary Certificate Examination,
        Senior Secondary Examination

    • A completed award with a minimum total score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    • Completion of two GCE A2 Levels with a minimum of 2 x D or equivalent in a minimum of two subjects, where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1

    • A pass in the first division in the Pre-University Certificate

    Indonesia
    • Successful completion of Indonesian SMUIII or Senior Academic High School Leaving Certificate with GPA of 7.0

    International Baccalaureate
    Kenya
    • Successful completion of the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with an aggregate score of 53 or higher, based on the best 7 subjects undertaken where A = 12, A- = 11, B+ = 10, B = 9, B- = 8, C+ = 7, C = 6, C- = 5,  D+ = 4, D = 3, D- = 2, E = 1
    Malaysia
    Myanmar
    • 2 years of Post-Secondary Study Intermediate Certificate with an overall grade percentage of 55

    • Successful completion of minimum 2 years bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

    • Successful completion of Associateship of Government Technical Institute (AGTI)

    • Successful completion of a diploma, with minimum duration of 2 years, following Matriculation or Basic Education High School Examination

    Nepal
    • Higher Secondary Education Certificate plus minimum of one year of successful study at a recognised tertiary institution

    • Higher Secondary Education Certificate with a grade average of 65%

    • A completed award with a minimum score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    New Zealand
    • Successful completion of NEW Zealand NCEA Level 3 with a combined score of 213 from the best 5 subjects.

    Pakistan
    • Higher Secondary School Certificate plus one year of study at bachelor's degree level at a recognised institution

    Russia
    • Russian Certificate of Secondary Education plus one year of study at bachelor's degree level at a recognised institution

    Singapore
    South Korea
    • Completion of at least one year of study at a recognised university with satisfactory grades

    • Successful completion of the Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) with a minimum overall grade of 294. Overall grade is calculated from the results in Korean Language, Mathematics and Foreign Language (English). Results in other components are not considered

    Sri Lanka
    • Completion of the GCE A Levels.  Overall grade in the best three subjects equalling 5/15 where A1=5, B=4, C=3, S=1

    • Completion of two GCE A2 Levels with a minimum of 2 x D or equivalent in a minimum of two subjects, where A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1

    • A completed award with a minimum score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    • Sri Lankan GCE A level plus a recognised diploma (both completed)

    • Completion of the first year of a recognised university bachelor's degree

    • Completion of recognised College or Polytechnic diploma

    Taiwan
    • Senior High School diploma plus one year of study at bachelor's degree level at a recognised institution

    Thailand
    • Successful completion of Secondary 6 (Matayom 6) and the award of the Certificate of Secondary Education with GPA of 2.0

    Turkey
    • Lise Diplomasi plus first year of diploma or bachelor's degree from a recognised institution

    Vietnam
    • Year 12 results:

      A minimum GPA of 6.5 (out of 10) View specific course entry requirements [PDF]

    • The Chung chi Dai hoc Dai Cuong (First Phase University Certificate)

    • Completion of at least one full-time year at bachelor's degree level at a recognised university or tertiary institution

    • A completed award with a minimum score of 24 or above in the International Baccalaureate

    * Entry varies from course to course and will depend on your academic performance and course quotas. Our International Admissions Matrix has minimum academic requirements for specific courses.

  • Postgraduate entry requirement
    Course Postgraduate entry requirement
    Master of Animal Science

    Hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor’s qualification with a major in a relevant discipline^, or hold an AQF Level 8 graduate diploma qualification in a relevant discipline^.

    ^ Relevant disciplines include, but are not restricted to, general science, animal or veterinary sciences, agricultural science or biomedical science.

    Master of Customs Administration

    Hold a completed Australian bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider.

    Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects)

    For admission to the Master of Information Technology (12 subjects) applicants must have a bachelor’s level degree.

    Master of Ministry

    A completed Australian bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider.

    Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)

    For entry to the Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects) applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent). The undergraduate degree must be in a field other than accounting, or not recognised by the Australian accounting professional bodies for associate membership.

    Master of Sustainable Agriculture

    A completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider.

    Master of Theology

    A completed Australian bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider.

English language requirements

Most courses require proof from international students that they meet our English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. You can do this by:

  1. providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English
  2. have obtained an Academic IELTS within the last 2 years with:
    1. a minimum overall score of 6
    2. no individual score below 5.5
  3. obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.
  • Courses with higher English language proficiency

    If you're applying for any of the courses below, you'll need to demonstrate a higher English language proficiency. For information on how we use English language tests other than IELTS, please view the Charles Sturt concordance tables section.

    Course English language proficiency requirement
    Associate Degree in Policing Practice
    Bachelor of Social Work
    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)        
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in each of the individual skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening) or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    Master of Professional Accounting
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no score below a 5.5 in each of the individual skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and no score below 6.0 in Writing, or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
    Bachelor of Theology
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no score below a 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    • Written evidence of completion of a university degree that was conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by the provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.
    • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
    • HKDSE with a minimum 4 in English Language
    • HKALE with a minimum D pass in Use of English
    • German DAAD language test with a minimum of 2 A scores and a B scores
    • Swedish High School English results with a rating of C or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B ( from test results after August 1st 2007). Results must be no older than 8 years from proposed course start date.
    Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science
    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score IELTS of 6.5 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    Bachelor of Paramedicine
    Bachelor of Dental Science
    Bachelor of Pharmacy
    Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)
    Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
    Master of Speech Pathology
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
    Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)
    Bachelor of Education (K-12)
    Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Industry Entry
    Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies)
    Bachelor of Outdoor Education
    Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
    Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
    Master of Teaching (Primary)
    Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) or a qualification deemed equivalent. Testing results must be obtained within two years from the date of your application for admission.
    • Completing a TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 102 (with a score of 23 or above in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 27 for speaking and listening). Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admission.
    • International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) with a score of Level 4 in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused. Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admission.
    • Were born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa and have completed at least one qualification in one of these countries. The language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.
    • If you were not born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa but have completed senior secondary study or at least three years of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.
    Bachelor of Nursing
    Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
    Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    • Students from an English speaking background must have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America) including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
      OR
      Students not from an English speaking background must provide IELTS results (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or equivalent test.
      OR
      Student is an enrolled nurse with current registration with the NMBA - English language requirements will have been demonstrated for enrolled nurse registration at the NMBA.
    Doctor of Medicine (Joint Program in Medicine)
    • For example acceptable evidence of English Proficiency under the Standards for admission to our course is:
      • a minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in each of the individual skill areas (note: Only academic version results obtained within two years of the course start date)
      • a minimum overall Academic PTE score of 65 with no score below a 65 in listening, reading, speaking and writing (note: Only academic version results obtained within two years of the course start date)
      • completing a TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 100 (with a score of 27 or above in writing, and 23 or above in speaking and a score of no less than 24 for reading and listening). Testing results must be within two years from the date of your course start date.
  • If you have previous studies in English

    We'll consider that you have sufficient English Language Proficiency, in courses not requiring a higher standard of English Language Proficiency, if you fall into one of the following two groups.

    Group one

    You were born in one of the following eligible countries, have completed at least one qualification in that country, and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English  – OR – while you were not born in one of the following eligible countries, you completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries, and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.

    Eligible countries:

    • America Samoa
    • Australia
    • Botswana
    • Canada
    • Fiji
    • Ghana
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Nigeria
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Singapore
    • Solomon Islands
    • South Africa
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
    • United States of America
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    Group two

    You have completed a qualification from the following list and obtained the outlined minimum requirement:

    Minimum requirement
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level IV including English for Academic Purposes*  Successful completion of Award
    Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level from a Registered Australian Training Provider i.e. TAFE*  Minimum of 1-year study at Diploma level
    HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary English) Minimum of 4 in English Language
    HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination) D Pass in Use of English
    GCE- A level Singapore or UK C Pass in Humanities subject
    International Baccalaureate English A2 at higher or standard level
    STAT English A2 at higher or standard level
    GSCE/GCE 'O' level from UK or Singapore B Pass in English
    Two full-time academic years of secondary and/or tertiary studies that have been conducted and examined solely in English.*  Written evidence of completion. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English or by the provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution.
    IRI Diploma in English Successful completion of Award
    Uniworld English College English for Tertiary Course*  Successful completion of Award
    English for Academic Purposes Programme (EAPP)*  Successful completion of Award
    UNSW Foundation Studies Certificate with a C pass in 'Use of English'*  Successful completion of Award
    Ability EAP program*  Level 3 pass or above
    Macquarie Education Group Australia: English EAP2 or EAP3 program*  Successful completion of Award
    Strathfield College EAP program*  Successful completion of Award
    Chisholm Institute of TAFE Advanced Level General English Language Program*  Successful completion of Award
    Sydney College of English Level 3 Upper-Intermediate-Advanced*  65% or above pass rate
    Australian International College of English (AICE)*  EAP 3 (6.0) and EAP 4 (6.5)
    German DAAD language test Minimum of 2 A scores and no score below B
    Swedish High School English A rating of C or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    Norwegian High School English A score of 4 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    Finnish High School English A score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date)
    Danish High School English A score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B (from test results after August 1st 2007). Results must be no older than 5 years from proposed course start date.
    UTS Insearch*  AE4 or AE5
    Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)*  English Advanced
    Other

    If you don't meet the university's requirements, you may still be admitted on the recommendation of the Executive Dean of the appropriate faculty. We recommend you send in a written request outlining how you've achieved English Language Proficiency with your application for admission.

    *qualification needs to be delivered and completed in Australia

  • If you've completed IELTS or another English language test

    Our standard Minimum Entry Criteria applies to most courses, except those listed under courses with higher English language proficiency above.

    • academic IELTS, obtained within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6, and no individual score below 5.5; OR
    • a qualification we deem to be equivalent, as outlined in the following table:
    Overall ScoreIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language
    Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
      6 60 50 550 Level 3
      6.5 79 58 577 Level 3+
      7 94 65 N/A Level 4
      7.5 102 73 N/A Level 4
    Individual Skill RequirementIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
    Individual Skill AreaTOEFL ListeningTOEFL SpeakingTOEFL ReadingTOEFL
    Writing
    Section Minimum Test for Written English Score (TWE) Individual Skill Area
      5.5 7168 18 42 4 Level 3 in all four skill areas
      6 12181321 50 4.5 Level 3 in all four skill areas
      6.5 202019 24 58 - Level 3+ in all four skill areas
      7 24232427 65 5 Level 4 in all four skill areas
      7.5 27242729 73 5.5 Level 4 in all four skill areas
  • If you're applying for PhD, Master by Research or Professional Doctoral Courses
    • Are you an applicant for PhD, Master by Research or Professional Doctoral courses, but don't meet the English proficiency requirements? You'll need to demonstrate proficiency by completing a qualification Charles Sturt deems equivalent to an Academic IELTS of 6.5, with no score below a 6.0, in each of the individual skill areas.

    If you're an applicant for PhD, Master by Research or Professional Doctoral courses, we'll deem you've met the English language proficiency requirements if you've completed one of the following:

    • level 109 of the English Language Services (ELS) examination, with a score of B or higher in the Reading and Writing components, and a score of P or higher in the Speaking and Listening components within the last 12 months
    • written evidence of completion of a university degree that was conducted and examined solely in English. Acceptable forms of evidence include transcripts indicating that the language of instruction was English, or by provision of a certified written statement from the academic institution
    • EAP4 program with D grade or higher
    • German DAAD language test with a minimum of two A scores and a B score
    • Swedish High School English results with a C rating or above (results must be no older than 8 years from the proposed course start date)
    • Norwegian High School English results with a score of 4 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from the proposed course start date)
    • Finnish High School English results with a score of 8 or above (results must be no older than 8 years from the proposed course start date)
    • Danish High School English results with a score of 7 in English A or 10 in English B (from test results after 1 August 2007). Results must be no older than 8 years from the proposed course start date.

    The Presiding Officer of the Board of Graduate Studies may, in special circumstances, waive these proficiency requirements after consulting the relevant Executive Dean, Sub-Dean and nominated supervisor.

  • Charles Sturt ELP concordance tables
    Overall scoreIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language
    Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
      6 60 46 550 Level 3
      6.5 79 56 577 Level 3+
      7 94 66 N/A Level 4
      7.5 102 76 N/A Level 4
    Individual skill requirementIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
    Individual Skill AreaTOEFL ListeningTOEFL SpeakingTOEFL ReadingTOEFL Writing Section Minimum Test for Written English Score (TWE) Individual Skill Area
      5.5 71681836 4 Level 3 in all four skill areas
      6 1218132146 4.5 Level 3 in all four skill areas
      6.5 202019 2456 - Level 3+ in all four skill areas
      7 242324 2766 5 Level 4 in all four skill areas
      7.5 272427 29 76 5.5 Level 4 in all four skill areas

How to verify your documents

Do you need to include official documentation with your application? If so, it may need verification as a true and accurate copy. Check below to see if your documents need to be verified.

  • Verify your documents

    If you are an international applicant, you must submit verified copies of all your official documentation.

    The following information explains if your documents do need to be verified. This is important, as documents not correctly verified as a "true and accurate" copy will result in delays in the processing of your application and its consideration for admission. Please don't send originals as we don't return documents.

    If you're applying for the following courses, you must submit verified copies of your previous awards and transcripts:

    • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
    • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
    • Master of Teaching (Primary)
    • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Hons)
    • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
    • Master of Clinical Psychology

    Documentation that has been issued by My eQuals does not require additional verification.

  • Who can verify copies for you?

    For international documents/qualifications:

    • your employed agent submitting your application and documents on your behalf
    • Australian Embassy official
    • High Commission or Trade Mission official
    • Public Notary
    • Australian Justice of the Peace with a registration number.
  • How should the authorised officer verify each document?

    On each page you are submitting, they must write:

    'This is a true copy of the original document sighted by me.'

    Then sign and print the following details:

    • name
    • address
    • business hours telephone number
    • profession, occupation or organisation
    • the current date.

    They must include the official stamp or seal of the verifier's organisation on the copy if the organisation has such a stamp.

    In addition to the above, a Justice of the Peace must also print their registration number and the state in which they are registered as a Justice of the Peace.

  • Documents not verified or not verified correctly

    Charles Sturt University is not permitted to process:

    • documents that have been verified by an immediate relative or a person residing at the same address as an applicant
    • photocopied documents that have not been verified
    • documents that have not been correctly verified
    • documents verified by a Justice of the Peace without a registration number.