English language proficiency requirements


All students need appropriate English language skills for admission to UQ. To meet our English requirements, you have to achieve one of the following:

1. Four semesters of sound achievement (or better) in:

  • Queensland Year 12 English, or
  • English for ESL Learners (or equivalent).

Less than four semesters may be considered for some programs.


2. At least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the IELTS or equivalent test. Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements.

Other equivalent tests such as the TOEFL or PTE are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered.

Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students who submit an application before 1 December 2018 are only required to meet the overall English language score requirement (e.g. 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).

After 1 December 2018, Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students have to meet both overall score requirements and sub-band score requirements. 

For more information about how to meet English language proficiency requirements, see the English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support Procedures.


To demonstrate your English language proficiency, include copies of all relevant academic transcripts and award certificates in your application.

Tests must be taken within two years of commencing study at UQ. We verify all results with the relevant test authority.


Please attach a copy of the IELTS test result to your application.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If you have taken an internet-based test you must attach a copy of the TOEFL test result to your application. 

For computer-based and paper-based TOEFL tests, you must arrange for UQ to receive an original copy of your official TOEFL score report.

Please ask the Educational Testing Service to send the Official Score Report directly to The University of Queensland (Institutional code: 0987).

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Please send a copy of your results through your online PTE Academic account. To send your results:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click 'Send Scores' and enter 'UQ', then
  3. Click 'Send'. Your scores will then be sent to UQ. 

English language proficiency for visa purposes

The University’s English language requirements are completely separate to any English language requirements for a student visa.

The Department of Home Affairs only accepts certain tests for visa purposes (if evidence of English language proficiency is required).

For more information, visit your local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Home Affairs website.

English language studies and IELTS at UQ

Do you need help meeting UQ's English language requirements? Or do you want to improve your English and study skills before starting your degree?

Each year more than 2500 students from more than 50 countries choose to learn English at UQ’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ).

If you meet the academic entry requirements for your preferred UQ program, but need further English language training, you can apply for a package offer that includes English language studies at ICTE-UQ and a conditional offer of admission to a UQ academic program.

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