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 foundation* and diploma programs

(excluding the Diploma of Communication)
Results required for direct entry to Diploma of Communication 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 CAE1 Level C1 Contact us Not accepted
Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) EAP 2 EAP 3 EAP 1 Not accepted
GCE O-level C6 B4 Contact us Contact us
HK Form 5 60% in Form 5 English Language (Foundation only) Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted
HKDSE Overall Level 3 HKDSE English Overall Level 4 HKDSE English Contact us Not accepted
IELTS (Academic) Foundation program (Standard): 5.5 (with no band score below 5)

Diploma: 5.5 (with no band score below 5.5)
6.0 (with no band score below 5.5) 5.0 (with no band score below 4.5) 7.0 (with no band below 7.0)
Pearsons Test of English Academic (PTE) 42-49 50-57 Contact us 65 - Listening 65; Reading 65; Writing 65; and Speaking 65
SPM English C4 B4 Contact us Not accepted
TOEFL iBT Foundation Program (Standard):
52 – Writing 15; Speaking 14; Listening and Reading 5

Diploma
52 – Writing 19; Speaking 16; Listening and Reading 5
65 – Writing 19; Speaking 16; Listening and Reading 10 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 25 in any English Contact us Contact us
International Baccalaureate Diploma Grade 4 in English Grade 5 in English Contact us Contact us
Duolingo English Test 85 95 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

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.

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