Policy: English language admission requirements for students
To establish the minimum English language requirements for admission to the University.
This document contains the requirements based on citizenship status, prior study, and English language tests. It also indicates requirements for conditional offers, package offers, and waivers.
This Policy applies across the University.
- This policy should be read in conjunction with the relevant legislation and academic eligibility requirements of ANU and applies to all programs.
- University Rules relating to English language requirements can also be located at:
- All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any ANU program or course delivered either in Australia or overseas must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission.
- The most recent evidence will be used as proof of English language proficiency.
- The University reserves the right to make any offer conditional on meeting English language requirements if subsequent evidence is provided that demonstrates that the applicant's English language ability is insufficient.
- The University reserves the right to request that an applicant undergoes an English test in addition to any other evidence of English proficiency provided. Applicants may be deemed to have satisfied the University's English language requirements if they can provide evidence that they meet one of the following principles:
- Citizens of the following countries who have undertaken secondary and/or tertiary study in English in the national education system (or equivalent) and/or at a recognised, local university in any of the Group A countries listed below:
- Canada (excluding Quebec)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland)
- United States of America
- Trinidad and Tobago
- These countries are determined by the ANU Coursework Admissions and Awards Committee.
- Applicants to graduate programs with successful completion of 2 years full time or equivalent within the last 4 years in the medium of English where:
- study is undertaken in the national education system (or equivalent) and/or at a recognised, local university in one of the Group A countries listed under point 7, OR
- documentary evidence is presented confirming that assessment and examination was solely in English. Acceptable documentary evidence is outlined in point 13 below.
- Time limits do not apply where the applicant has successfully completed (see point 12) an academic qualification completely taught and examined in English with subsequent predominate residence in a Group A country. Evidence regarding the academic qualification must be provided as stipulated in point 13. Evidence of residence in a Group A country as listed in point 7 must also be presented.
- Applicants to undergraduate programs may meet English language requirements by completion of an accepted Year 12 or equivalent qualification with required achievement levels. Required results and acceptable academic qualifications are listed in Table 4.
- Successful completion is considered to be no less than 50 per cent of attempted courses in any semester in the assessable period (2 years full-time equivalent in the last 4).
- Acceptable documentary evidence to prove prior study in English is a statement or certificate of confirmation, issued by the Registrar's Office (or equivalent) of the institution.
- The statement or certificate must be on headed paper, and must be an original. Information included must be: Student Name, Degree Name and a statement that the degree program was solely conducted and examined in English.
- International applicants completing the ACT Year 12 Certificate from 2012 onwards will be required to achieve a result of at least 170 in English as a Second Language T major or any pass result in an English T major.
English Language Tests
- Successful performance in a single acceptable English language test taken within two years from the date of application will meet English language requirements.
- Results from multiple tests cannot be combined to meet requirements.
- ANU recognises a number of English language tests as meeting the University's English language requirements. Accepted English language tests, together with their minimum results needed for admission are represented in Table 1.
Table 1: Accepted English Language Tests
Diploma programs taught at ANU College
Regular Degree Programs
(Including Exchange & Study Abroad)
Australian National Internships Program, Medicine program, undergraduate Law, JD and Legal Workshop programs
Graduate Law programs (except JD and Legal Workshop programs)
An overall score of 6 with 5.5 in each component
An overall score of 6.5 with at
least 6 in each component of the test
An overall score of 7 with at least 6 in each component
An overall score of 7 with at least 7 in writing and at least 6 each other component
paper based test
A score of 550 with
A score of 570 with
TWE* score of 4.5
A score of 600 with
TWE* score of 5.0
A score or 650 with a TWE of 5.0
TOEFL** - internet based test
A score of 68, with a minimum of 18 in Writing
A score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening
A score of 100, with a minimum of 22 in all four sections
A score of 110, with a minimum of 26 in writing and at least 22 in all other sections
Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015)
169 overall with at least 162 in all sub skills.
176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills.
185 overall with a least 169 in all sub skills.
185 overall with at least 185 in writing and 169 in the remaining sub skills.
Cambridge CAE Advanced (Pre 2015)
52 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.
58 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.
67 overall with all sub skills at borderline or higher.
67 overall with a rank of good in writing and borderline in the remaining sub skills.
Overall 57, minimum score of 50 in each section
Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section
Overall 70, minimum score of 60 in each section
Overall 70 min score of 60 in each section and at least 70 in writing
* TWE = Test of Written English.
** Applicants may use the ANU institutional code 0506 for faster processing of results.
- Students on development assistance scholarships such as AusAID, The Asian Development Bank or The World Bank enrolling in the Crawford School of Public Policy are required to meet standard English entry levels from 2015.
- International applicants require a minimum score to gain entry into the ANU College Foundation Studies Program as detailed in Table 2.
- Applicants completing ANU College foundation studies with the required academic grade will meet the English Language Admission requirements for the ANU program they are admitted to.
Table 2: English Language Requirements for Foundation Studies
ANU College Foundation Studies Standard (2 semesters)
ANU College Foundation Studies Extended (3 semesters)
An overall score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 across all bands)
An overall score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 across all bands)
TOEFL** paper based test
A score of 550 (minimum 4.0 in all subsections)
A score of 525 (minimum 3.5 in all subsections)
TOEFL** internet based test
A score of 68 (minimum 18 in writing)
A score of 52 (minimum 16in writing)
Cambridge CAE Advanced
57 (min 50)
49 (min 48)
- International applicants require a minimum score to gain entry into the ANU Access English Program as detailed in Table 3.
- ANU Access English will not be accepted for the purposes of meeting English Language admission requirements for ANU programs with an Academic IELTS overall score of more than 6.5 (or equivalent).
Table 3: ANU Access English Program (Not accepted by Medicine)
Regular Degree Programs
(Including Exchange & Study Abroad)
Australian National Internships Program, undergraduate Law, JD and Legal Workshop programs
Graduate Law programs (except JD and Legal Workshop programs)
An overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each band
TOEFL paper based test
A score of 550 with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0
TOEFL internet based test
A score of 68 with a minimum of 18 in writing
Cambridge CAE Advanced
57 (min 50)
- A packaged offer may be given if applicants have the academic qualifications required for entry but whose results do not meet the English language requirements. The applicant must be completing a program of a least 10 weeks duration at ANU College.
- The package offer is valid for ANU College only and is subject to acceptance by ANU College. A package offer enables applicants to apply for a student visa for the duration of both the English language program and the ANU studies. For further information see http://www.anucollege.edu.au/
- Subject to clause 23, applicants completing the ANU Access English Program with a result of 60 per cent, where the Access English Program was taken within two years of the date of application, will meet the English Language Admission Requirements of the University.
- Applicants who provide English test results that fail to meet the minimum standard required by the University, or who fail to provide any evidence of English language proficiency but meet the academic requirements of the program may be issued with a Conditional Offer of admission. This means that the applicant is not permitted to enrol in the program of study and will have their English language proficiency reassessed once evidence of proficiency has been provided by the applicant.
- A full offer of admission will be issued only when English language proficiency requirements have been met.
English Language Equivalency
- There are no waivers of the application of this policy.
- All applicants must meet the English Language requirements of the University as outlined in this policy or, in rare cases, by the relevant ANU College establishing equivalency on behalf of the applicant.
- The procedures for establishing a Case for English Language Equivalency are detailed on the form at https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_006802.
Secondary Qualifications that meet the University’s English Language Requirement for Undergraduate Admission
In addition to the English Tests and prior study outlined above, the ANU also accepts a number of academic qualifications as meeting the English language requirement for admission to undergraduate programs. These qualifications and results required, are listed in Table 4 and must have been completed no more than two years prior to the date of application.
Table 4: Secondary Qualifications that meet the University’s English Language Requirements
Minimum requirement - except Bachelor of Laws
Minimum requirement – Bachelor of Laws
Australian Year 12
ACT result of at least 170 in ESL T major or a pass result in an English T Major.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – raw unscaled score of at least 30 in English as an Alternative Language (EAL) or English as a Second Language (ESL); or 25 in units 3 and 4 in any other VCE English subject.
ANU College Foundation Studies
At least 65% in Advanced Academic English
At least 85% in Advanced Academic English
ANU Access Program
A score over 60%
Students seeking admission to undergraduate programs on the basis of performance in the French Baccalaureate undertaken at Narrabundah College will be considered to have met the University's English language requirements if they have achieved a pass in a semester-length T-course in English, accredited by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. Students not meeting this or undertaking the French Baccalaureate anywhere else will be required to meet the ANU's normal English Language requirement.
GCE & Singapore A-level NOTE: Sri Lankan GCE A & O level applicants MUST present an IELTS result or a TOEFL test result (including TWE)
Where the medium of instruction and examination is English, a minimum C pass result in a Humanities-based subject or a pass result in General Studies/General
A minimum of B in English, a Humanities-based subject or a minimum of B in the General Paper.
GCE O level & further completed study
Where the student has studied continuously after achieving a GCE ‘O' level pass in English, with a grade of A, B or C, and has gone on to successfully complete a qualification that meets the ANU's academic requirements where the medium of instruction is exclusively in English
Mark of 4 or better in English Core
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
A grade of C or better
Presentation of an IB Diploma to meet minimum academic admission requirements where the language of instruction is English OR as part of the diploma, either English A1 or A2 at HL or SL is undertaken.
Only where the IB is in English
All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC)
A grade of C or better in English
Indian School Certificate (ISC)
A grade of 7 or less in English
Tamil Nadu Higher School Certificate
A result in English of at least 120/200
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
A grade of C or better in the STPM 914 English Language or 920 English Literature examinations.
Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examinations (MICSS)/UEC
A grade of A2 or better in English
English 1119 (predominantly Malaysian Students)
Moderated O level score and further completed study
A mark of A1 to B4, and has gone on to complete a qualification successfully meeting the University's minimum entry requirements (such as a Polytechnic diploma)
This qualification may appear as "Bahasa Inggeris" on a school transcript.
The medium of instruction must be entirely in English
Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations
Grade of 4 or better in English at both level 1 and level 2 in Upper Secondary
Swedish Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Grade of 4 or better (VG) in English in Senior School Studies
Grade of 9 or better at level B Senior High School English
Finnish Lukion paastotodistus
at least 8 or better in English or English A in the final year of secondary school
Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Upper secondary school certificate) specifying
a grade of 8 or better in final year English
a grade of 3 (or ‘Satisfactory’) or better in English
a grade of satisfactory (befriedigend) or better in English
Foundation Programs from the following institutions:
The Admissions Standards Committee has approved a proposal to set a 65% Academic English requirement on all Foundation Studies programs currently approved for admission (in lieu of IELTS)
Not generally accepted; determination on a case by case basis.
U Adelaide (Bradford College)
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
Northern Consortium (IFY)
U New South Wales
U South Pacific
U Western Sydney
Trinity College (U Melbourne)
Western Australian Universities FSP
Study Abroad and Exchange Applicants
- Study abroad or exchange students can fulfil the University's English language entry requirements through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages System (CEFR) by achieving a certificate of English language proficiency from their home institution with an overall grade of C1 (“Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced” according to the Common European Framework) with no less than C1 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Study abroad or exchange applicants to the ANU College of Law must have an overall score of C2 with no less than C2 in each of reading and writing and no less than C1 in speaking and listening.
- International applicants must satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English language requirements for visa applications in addition to University’s requirements.
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|Title||English language admission requirements for students|
|Purpose||To establish the minimum English language requirements for admission to the University.|
|Audience||Students, Prospective Students|
|Effective Date||7 Apr 2016|
|Review Date||1 May 2017|
|Responsible Officer||Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions|
|Contact Area||Division of Student Recruitment and Admissions|
Australian National University Act 1991
Coursework Awards Rule 2016 (No. 2)
Research Awards Rule 2016
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 - National Code 2007