To study at Victoria University (VU) as an international student you must meet academic and English-language requirements.

Check that your qualification meets the international minimum academic requirements for a course.

You must take a recognised English language test no more than two years before you start your course. If your qualification was mostly taught in English, check the English language requirements to see if you are eligible for an English-language exemption.

In some cases, there may be additional or supplementary entry requirements.

English language tests

Recognised English language tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic module
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • University of Cambridge – Advanced (CAE).

In some cases, we will accept results from tests that are not listed above.

Certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas

Academic entry requirements for certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas

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

English language requirements for certificates, diplomas & advanced diplomas

English language requirements are outlined on each certificate, diploma or advanced diploma course page. Please check the details carefully as some courses have specific English language requirements. As a guide, for the majority of courses you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following levels of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS: overall score of 5.5, no band less than 5.0
  • TOEFL: overall score of 55, section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 9
    • Speaking: 16
    • Reading: 10
    • Writing: 18
  • PTE: overall score of 42-49, no section score less than 40
  • CAE: overall score of 162, no individual band less than 154
  • VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.

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Bachelor degrees

Academic entry requirements for bachelor degrees

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.

English language requirements for bachelor degrees

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

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.0, no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL: overall score of 67, section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 12
    • Speaking: 18
    • Reading: 15
    • Writing: 21
  • PTE: overall score of 50-57, no section score less than 50
  • CAE: overall score of 169, no individual band less than 169
  • VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 5): achieved.

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Graduate certificates & graduate diplomas

Academic entry requirements for graduate certificates & graduate diplomas

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.

English language requirements for graduate certificates & graduate diplomas

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

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.5, no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL: overall score of 79, section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • PTE: overall score of 58-64, no section score less than 50
  • CAE: overall score of 176, no individual band less than 169
  • VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): achieved.

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Masters degrees

Academic entry requirements for masters degrees

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.

English language requirements for masters degrees

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

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.5, no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL: overall score of 79, section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • PTE: overall score of 58-64, no section score less than 50
  • CAE: overall score of 176, no individual band less than 169
  • VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): achieved.

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Research programs

Postgraduate 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 one of our PhD (Integrated) programs with our Institutes for Health and Sport or Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities.

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

Postgraduate English language requirements

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

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.5, no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL: overall score of 79, section scores no less than:
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Reading: 18
    • Writing: 22
  • PTE: overall score 58-64, no section score less than 50
  • CAE: overall score of 176, no individual band less than 169
  • VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): achieved.

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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.

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