English language proficiency requirements


All students need appropriate English language skills for admission to UQ. There are different ways you can meet our English requirements.

Programs with standard requirements

English language tests

You can demonstrate your English language skills by achieving at least a 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the IELTS; or acceptable scores in equivalent tests (PDF, 79.2 KB).

English language study

You can also meet our English language proficiency requirements if you can demonstrate one of the following:

  • 1. Completed senior secondary schooling from a designated country (PDF, 109KB) where the medium of instruction is English,
  • 2. Obtained a recognised qualification, score or test (and satisfied relevant conditions) listed in one of the following: equivalent tests and qualifications (PDF, 109KB) or interstate subject equivalents.
  • 3. Successfully completed a bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited university or institution recognised by UQ for this purpose,
  • 4. Successfully undertaken at least one year of full-time post-secondary study (or part-time equivalent) in a designated country (PDF, 109KB) from an accredited university or institution recognised by UQ for this purpose,
  • 5. Successfully undertaken at least 2 years of full-time post-secondary study (or part-time equivalent) from an accredited university or institution recognised by UQ for this purpose (you need to have undertaken your final year of studies during the 5 years immediately before your commencement at UQ),
  • 6. Acceptable evidence of sufficient English language skills developed through paid and/or voluntary work experience in a primarily English-speaking professional environment for at least 3 years immediately before the start of your UQ studies.  

UQ only recognises accredited universities or institutions for English language proficiency purposes where English is the medium of instruction and assessment.

Programs with higher requirements

Some programs have higher than usual English language requirements. There are different ways you can meet these higher than minimum requirements for your program. You can demonstrate your English language skills by:

  • achieving the specific IELTS or equivalent overall and sub-band scores (PDF, 79.2 KB) for your program (note, not all programs accept all tests – refer to your program's specific requirements) , or
  • obtaining a recognised qualification, score or test (and satisfied relevant conditions) for your specific program.

It is important to check your program’s specific requirements (PDF, 122.8 KB) for the ways you can satisfy English language proficiency requirements.  

For more information on how to meet English language proficiency requirements, see the English Language Proficiency Admission Procedures.


When you apply to UQ, include certified copies of academic transcripts and award certificates to help to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

To be valid, English language tests must have been within 2 years of commencing study at UQ. We verify all English-language test 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 visas

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

If evidence of English language proficiency is required, please note the Department of Home Affairs only accepts certain tests for visa purposes.

For more information, visit your local Australian Consulate or 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 4000 students from more than 50 countries and regions choose to learn English at UQ’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE).

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 and a conditional offer of admission to a UQ academic program.

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