English Language Proficiency

The University of Newcastle is committed to offering its educational programs to students from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures and languages. In doing so, it recognises its responsibility to ensure all students, including those whose first language is not English, have sufficient proficiency to undertake the program of their choice.

All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency standard requirements prior to their admission by demonstrating completion of a recognised qualification.

Many applicants will be able to satisfy these requirements by holding certain qualifications undertaken in English, from a specific list of countries. If you have lodged an application for admission, and you do not automatically satisfy the requirements, you will be advised of this, as it will impact on your eligibility to receive an offer of admission. You will need to demonstrate and prove your proficiency in English via additional tests and qualifications that are accepted by the University.

The English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy will outline in detail what the University’s requirements are for admission. Applicants should review the flowchart and requirements tables (accessible in from the Policy - Associated Information) for additional information on the variety of qualifications and/or recognised English exams will satisfy the requirements.

    International English Language Testing System

    The University of Newcastle Language Centre offers English language courses for all levels of students and is also an official IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

    Visit the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) website to learn more about studying English.

    Please note: The information listed above applies generally for admission to postgraduate coursework programs with the University of Newcastle. You should also review the specific admission requirements for your preferred program.

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.