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English language proficiency requirements


In order to gain entry to an academic program at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills.

To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:

  • a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programs.
  • at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual program requirements.

Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered.

Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).

For more detailed information on accepted tests and ways to meet UQ's minimum English Language proficiency requirements, please see the "Procedures" tab of the UQ English language proficiency admission and concurrent support policy.

Documentation required

To demonstrate your English language proficiency you must provide copies of all relevant academic transcripts and award certificates with your application.

For other students satisfying requirements with IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic results, specific arrangements apply. Tests must be taken within two years of commencing study at UQ.

IELTS test

If you are demonstrating your English proficiency with an IELTS test score, you must attach a copy of the IELTS test result to your application which we will verify.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If you have taken an internet-based (IBT) test you must attach a copy of the TOEFL test result to your application which we will verify.

For computer based (CBT) 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

If you wish to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement with your PTE result, you will need to send a copy of your results through your online PTE Academic account so they can be verified.

To send your results, access your account. Click “Send Scores” and enter “UQ”, then click “Send”. Your scores will then be available for verification.

English language proficiency for visa purposes

If you satisfy the University’s English language proficiency requirements, you may still need to meet additional student visa requirements for English proficiency as required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

DIBP only accepts certain English tests for visa purposes where evidence of English language proficiency is required. For more information, check your local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection 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 over 50 countries around the world choose to learn English at UQ’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ).

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

Learn more about English language pathways

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