English Language Entry Requirements

English language proficiency

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to a course. This page can be used as a general guide to English admission requirements.

English Language Entry Requirements

Foundation and Diploma programs

English Test / Level Results required for direct entry to diploma programs
Results required for direct entry to Foundation Program (Standard)* Results required for the Foundation Program (Extended)* Results required for the Foundation Program to Bachelor of Nursing pathway#
Cambridge: English Advanced (CAE) FCE Level B2 FCE Level B2
Contact us Not accepted
Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) EAP 2 EAP 2
EAP 1 Not accepted
GCE O-level C6 C6 Contact us Not accepted
Hong Kong Form 5 Not accepted 60% in English Language
Not accepted Not accepted
HKDSE Overall Level 3 HKDSE English Overall Level 3 HKDSE English
Overall Level 2 HKDSE English Not accepted
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 (with no band score below 5.5) 5.5 (with no band score below 5)
5.0 (with no band score below 4.5) 7.0 (with no band below 7.0)
Pearsons Test of English Academic (PTE) 49 (with no communicative skill less than 42) 49 (with no communicative skill less than 42) Contact us 65 - Listening 65; Reading 65; Writing 65; and Speaking 65
SPM English C4 C4 Contact us Not accepted
TOEFL iBT 52 – Writing 19; Speaking 16; Listening and Reading 5 52 – Writing 15; Speaking 14; Listening and Reading 5 Contact us 94 - Listening 24; Reading 24; Writing 27; and Speaking 23.
VCE English (any) (Australia) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English Contact us Contact us
International Baccalaureate Diploma Grade 4 in English Grade 4 in English Contact us Contact us
Duolingo English Test^ 85 85 75 Not accepted

* Excluding the Foundation Program when packaged with a Bachelor of Nursing.
#See Deakin University’s course-specific English language proficiency requirements for more detail
^ Valid for students commencing a Deakin College program in 2023. Students from South Asia are required to take one of the English tests accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Masters Qualifying Program

Entry to the Masters Qualifying Program (Business and Law) requires an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6 with no individual band score below 6.

See Deakin University’s English language proficiency requirements for more detail.

Don’t meet the English requirements?

English Language Course

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may choose to enrol in an intensive English language course at Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) to improve your English language proficiency.

DUELI offers a wide range of English language courses, from beginners to advanced levels and is located on Deakin University’s Melbourne Burwood campus and Geelong Waterfront campus.

DUELI Enrolment and Tuition Fee

Melbourne Burwood Campus Geelong Waterfront Campus  
Enrolment fee: A$250
Tuition fee: A$445 per week
Enrolment fee: A$250
Tuition fee: A$385 per week