English language requirements

For most courses at Charles Sturt University, you can meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements by doing one of the following:

  1. providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English
  2. obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and 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
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below a 7.0 in each of the individual skill areas 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, 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.
    Master of Medical Radiation Science
    • A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)
    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
    • Were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Ireland
      • New Zealand
      • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
      • USA
      • South Africa
    • An Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.
  • 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:

    Qualification 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
    Embassy CES D grade or higher in level 3
    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.

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

    Our standard Minimum Entry Criteria applies to most courses, except those listed here:

    • 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)
    Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015 Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015
      6 60 50 550 Level 3 N/A 169
      6.5 79 58 577 Level 3+ 45 176
      7 94 65 N/A Level 4 51 185
      7.5 102 73 N/A Level 4 56 191
    Individual Skill RequirementIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015 Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015
    Individual Skill AreaR/L/SWriting Section Minimum Test for Written English Score (TWE) Individual Skill Area Individual Skill Area Individual Skill Area
      5.5 14 16 42 4 Level 3 in all four skill areas N/A 162
      6 17 19 50 4.5 Level 3 in all four skill areas N/A 169
      6.5 20 22 58 - Level 3+ in all four skill areas Weak 176
      7 23 25 65 5 Level 4 in all four skill areas Weak 185
      7.5 25 27 73 5.5 Level 4 in all four skill areas Weak 185
  • 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)
    Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015 Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015
      6 60 50 550 Level 3 N/A 169
      6.5 79 58 577 Level 3+ 45 176
      7 94 65 N/A Level 4 51 185
      7.5 102 73 N/A Level 4 56 191
    Individual skill requirementIELTS TOEFL IBT PTE Academic TOEFL PBT International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015 Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015
    Individual Skill AreaR/L/SWriting Section Minimum Test for Written English Score (TWE) Individual Skill Area Individual Skill Area Individual Skill Area
      5.5 14 16 42 4 Level 3 in all four skill areas N/A 162
      6 17 19 50 4.5 Level 3 in all four skill areas N/A 169
      6.5 20 22 58 - Level 3+ in all four skill areas Weak 176
      7 23 25 65 5 Level 4 in all four skill areas Weak 185
      7.5 25 27 73 5.5 Level 4 in all four skill areas Weak 185

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