Language requirements

Each course at La Trobe University has a minimum English language requirement for entry.

Listed below are the minimum requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate entry. As some courses require a higher level of English language proficiency, you should search for you course and check the entry requirements.

Minimum requirement for undergraduate programs

  • IELTS (Academic): overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • 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.

Minimum requirement for Postgraduate and Graduate Research programs

  • IELTS (Academic): overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • 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.

Additional notes

Please note:

  • you are still required to meet the academic entry requirements for each course
  • some courses require a higher level of English language proficiency, so check the course webpage for details
  • where you’ve achieved more than one form of English language proficiency, only the most recent single achievement will be considered in the admission decision
  • applicants who qualify from a La Trobe program, and intend to gain professional registration to become a practitioner in Australia, may need to meet the relevant Professional Accrediting Agency’s English language registration standard
  • the University reserves the right to require that any applicant undergo a test of English language
  • any scenario that isn’t captured below will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • time limitations apply to the age of the evidence used to demonstrate English language proficiency. This means the approved measures must have been completed within a specified number of years prior to the commencement date of the La Trobe course.

Accepted English Proficiency Test Scores for Courses Requiring Higher English Standards

Please note:

  • IELTS (General) is not accepted for admission into La Trobe university courses
  • you must have satisfied accepted English proficiency tests above within the last two years before first enrolling at La Trobe

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5

  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 600 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • 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.

Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5

  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 575 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • 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 score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0

  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 600 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall 98 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 85% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 65.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 with no less than 185 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 with no less than 185 in any component.

Overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 7.0

  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 625 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English).
  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall 102 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 90% in English (Academic Communication).
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 73 with no communicative skill score less than 65.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 191 with no less than 185 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 191 with no less than 185 in any component.

Overall score of 7.5 with no band score less than 7.0, and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening

  • TOEFL Paper based: N/A
  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A
  • La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): N/A
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): N/A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): N/A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): N/A

La Trobe University approved countries where English is the primary language of instruction

The following countries are recognised by La Trobe where English is a first language and where Secondary School and tertiary studies are taught in English. As set out below, undergraduate and postgraduate minimum requirements may be accepted from these countries and are set out in the undergraduate and postgraduate sections where an approved country is stated. Professionally accredited programs may specify a more limited list of countries. Please refer to course details for actual professional requirements.

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Sierra Leone
  • Mauritius
  • Nambia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
  • St Lucia
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)

Undergraduate

For students applying for undergraduate degree programs, undergraduate Study Abroad units, non-award study, single units and enabling programs where the minimum English language entry requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 6.0.

Please note: LTCA (and Australian equivalent) Foundation Studies scores and Australian Year 12 Secondary Studies English scores may be considered for undergraduate programs requiring higher English language standards or approved exempted countries.

Secondary Schooling or equivalent

View a full list of secondary school minimum English language standards.

English speaking background or Tertiary study in English (including TAFE/VET/Higher Education)

  • Applicants from an English-speaking background or applicants who have completed the final four years of schooling in an approved English-speaking country: successful completion of at least one year of full-time study in an Australian AQF Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor’s degree level or higher, or an equivalent qualification from an approved English-speaking country.
  • Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds: successful completion of at least one year of full-time study in an Australian AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor’s degree level or higher, or equivalent qualification from the US, UK, NZ, Canada, Republic of Ireland or South Africa.
  • English as the language of instruction from recognised European Countries: completion of at least one year full-time studies (60 ECTS) at tertiary level from the following countries: Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a Section 1 University in India: for Undergraduate Business, Engineering and IT courses only, considered meeting English requirements if applicants can provide a verifiable letter from their previous institute to confirm studies were taught entirely in English and provide a tertiary certificate of completion and results for all semesters.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a Section 2 University in India: for Undergraduate Business, Engineering and IT courses only, considered meeting English requirements if applicants can provide a verifiable letter from their previous institute to confirm studies were taught entirely in English, provide a tertiary certificate of completion and results for all semesters.  In addition, applicant has a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 band overall with a 6.0 band in Writing and sub score of 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Programs taught and regulated by English speaking countries, and delivered in countries not considered English speaking

Where an applicant has studied a tertiary level qualification, taught in a country where English is not the first language, but the program is delivered, regulated and administered by an institution from Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or New Zealand, this may be accepted as meeting the English language proficiency standards.

Postgraduate

For students applying for postgraduate coursework and research degree programs, postgraduate Study Abroad units, non-award study, single units and enabling programs where the minimum English language entry requirement is IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0.

English speaking background or Tertiary study in English (degree or post-degree)

  • Qualification from an English-speaking country: applicants who have completed Bachelor’s degree studies or equivalent, or one year of full-time study at Postgraduate level in an approved English-speaking country.
  • English as the language of instruction from recognised European Countries: completion of at least one year full-time studies (60 ECTS) at Bachelor’s degree or higher from the following countries: Germany (completion of DAAD at C1 level is also acceptable for PG entry), Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a Section 1 University in India: for Postgraduate Business, Engineering and IT courses only, considered meeting English requirements if applicants can provide a verifiable letter from their previous institute to confirm studies were taught entirely in English and provide a tertiary certificate of completion and results for all semesters.
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a Section 2 University in India: for Postgraduate Business, Engineering and IT courses only, considered meeting English requirements if applicants can provide a verifiable letter from their previous institute to confirm studies were taught entirely in English, provide a tertiary certificate of completion and results for all semesters.  In addition, applicant has a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 band overall with a 6.0 band in Writing and sub score of 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking (or equivalent test score).

Programs taught and regulated by English speaking countries, and delivered in countries not considered English speaking

Where an applicant has studied a tertiary level qualification, taught in a country where English is not the first language, but the program is delivered, regulated and administered by an institution from Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or New Zealand, this may be accepted as meeting the English language proficiency standards.

Approved English Language ELICOS programs

View a full list of the approved programs.

English Language Exemptions

Applicants from the following countries who have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least five years’ (full-time equivalent) continuous education may be exempt from providing English language proficiency for all programs requiring minimum or above minimum English standards.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • USA
  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Singapore (completed at least six years’ (full time equivalent) continuous education).

Where an applicant has also completed an approved Secondary Qualification listed in the Undergraduate section above, successful completion of this qualification, and achieving the required score at the equivalent IELTS level will form the basis of determining English language exemption.

Employment

Work experience may be considered on a case-by case basis to determine if English language standards have been met for Undergraduate programs (requiring IELTS 6.0/6.0 only) and Postgraduate programs (requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0 only). Documentary evidence must be provided showing completion of at least two years full time work experience undertaken in an English-speaking professional work environment in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Republic of Ireland, or Canada in the last two years prior to commencement at La Trobe.  Evidence must also include duties undertaken and a summary of the organisation.

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