Language requirements

We’re proud to welcome students from all over the world to La Trobe. To help all our students succeed academically, we have English language requirements for entry into our courses.

We have minimum language requirements for undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate research study at La Trobe. However, some La Trobe courses need a higher level of English language proficiency than these minimum scores.

Our course pages list the required English levels and accepted test methods needed for entry. If you know the course you want to study, you can search for your course and check its specific entry requirements.

Once you know your course’s language requirements, look through this section to see the ways you can prove your English language proficiency.

Any scenario that isn’t outlined in the pages in this section will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Accepted alternatives to IELTS test scores

While IELTS scores are our primary measure of English proficiency, we may accept tests other than IELTS if your overall score is the equivalent of the required IELTS score.

Once you know your course’s minimum accepted IELTS score, check that score against the information below to see its equivalent score in other English proficiency tests.

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): completion of EFS level 5B with minimum 60% overall and 60% in final exam.
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 60% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

Note: This is the minimum proficiency required for our undergraduate programs.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0

  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): completion of EFS level 6B with minimum 60% overall and 60% in final exam.
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 70% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

Note: This is the minimum proficiency required for our postgraduate and graduate research programs.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5

  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 75% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 58.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 176 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 with no less than 176 in any component.

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5

  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 94 with 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 80% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 58.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

Additional notes

Please note:

  • La Trobe only uses IELTS academic test for entry into our courses.
  • Where you have results from more than one of these English language tests, only your most recent single achievement will be considered in our admission decision.
  • If you qualify from a La Trobe program and intend to gain professional registration to become a practitioner in Australia, you may need to meet the relevant professional accrediting agency’s English language registration standard.
  • Your evidence demonstrating English language proficiency must be no older than two years, unless stated otherwise.
  • We reserve the right to require that any applicant undergo an English language test.
  • You’ll still need to meet the academic entry requirements of your course. Specific requirements may differ between degree programs, so check the course webpage for details.

ELICOS programs

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed for students who require English language training before they commence tertiary study in Australia.

Find out more about the La Trobe approved ELICOS programs that are available.

Other proof of English proficiency

We may also consider other factors when assessing if you meet the language requirements for your course, such as whether you’ve studied or worked in an English-speaking country.

Learn more about other ways to meet our English language standards.

Do you have questions about the application process?