Entry requirements

Victoria University (VU) can offer you a place as an international student in a course if you meet:

  • the academic requirements
  • English language requirements
  • in some cases, additional (or supplementary) entry requirements.

Certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas

Academic entry requirements

Academic requirements are outlined on each certificate, diploma or advanced diploma course page. We will assess your eligibility when we receive your complete application.

Find out if your qualification meets the international academic entry requirements for a course. View a list of international minimum academic requirements for certificate and diploma courses.

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 55. Section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 9
    • Speaking: 16
    • Reading: 10
    • Writing: 18
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 42-49 (no section score less than 40)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 47
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.

In some cases, we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed above.

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption.

Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Bachelor degrees

Academic entry requirements

Entry into undergraduate courses (for example a bachelor degree) generally requires you to have completed a secondary school qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate.

Find out if your qualification meets the academic entry requirements for a course. View a list of international academic requirements for bachelor courses.

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67. Section score no less than:
    • Listening: 12
    • Speaking: 18
    • Reading: 15
    • Writing: 21
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50-57 (no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 52
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 5): achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): B grade

In some cases we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed above.

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption.

Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Graduate certificates & graduate diplomas

Academic entry requirements

Entry into a graduate certificate or graduate diploma generally requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree.

Find out if your qualification meets the academic entry requirements for a course. View a list of international academic requirements for graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters courses.

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79. Section score no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 58
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS) - EAP 2 (advanced): A grade.

In some cases, we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed above.

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption.

Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Masters degrees

Academic entry requirements

Entry into a masters degree requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma.

Find out if your qualification meets the academic entry requirements for a course. View a list of international academic requirements for graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters courses.

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (with no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 58
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS) - EAP 2 (advanced): A grade.

In some cases, we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed in this table.

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption.

Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Research program

Academic entry requirements

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of:

  • an honours degree, or
  • a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or
  • an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

If you have a masters degree that did not include a research component, you may be eligible for our PhD (Integrated) program.

Find out if your qualification meets the academic entry requirements for a postgraduate course. View a list of international academic requirements for postgraduate research courses.

We will assess your eligibility when we receive your complete international research degree application.

English language requirements

You will need to provide evidence have achieved the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (with no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 58
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS) - EAP 2 (advanced): A grade.

In some cases, we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed in this table.

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption.

Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Additional or supplementary entry requirements

In some cases, courses will require additional requirements for entry to a VU course. You may need to provide information such as:

  • proof of work experience
  • a portfolio or folio of works
  • a police check or working with children check from your usual country of residence
  • a supplementary information form.

Review the admission information within a course page to find out if additional or supplementary information is required.

Exchange & study abroad students

To apply for the study abroad or exchange program, you need to have achieved an average of 65% or 2.5 grade point average (on a scale of 4 or equivalent) in your studies.

Make an enquiry

If information regarding your qualification or country is not listed, make an online enquiry to see if you meet the academic requirements for a course.