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Minimum English Language Proficiency for Entry

Please note. This content is from the 2018 Research Student Handbook and should only be used as a guide. Please refer to the 2019 Research Student Handbook PDF for current information.

As English is the language of instruction at the University of Adelaide, proficiency in speaking, listening to, reading and writing English is essential.

All applicants for a higher degree by research must provide evidence of their proficiency at the time of application and will be required to meet the minimum criteria before an offer of candidature may be issued.

Domestic Applicants

English as a first language is generally sufficient for this purpose.

If English is not the first language however, evidence of the following should be supplied:

  • completion of tertiary studies at an institution, where English is the medium of instruction and examination, for a period of at least two years in the last five years or one year in the last two years, or
  • a satisfactory English Language Test as outlined in the information below for International applicants.

International Applicants

International applicants may submit the results of a suitable English Test which has been undertaken within two years of the date of application. The University accepts the following tests of English Language

  • The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • The Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Research Entry for 2017 and 2018

English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Research Entry for 2019

International students without the level of English required for direct entry to the degree program may be eligible to complete an Academic English Pre-enrolment English Program (PEP) prior to the commencement of the degree. As a part of the admission process, the University can arrange an appropriate PEP to be undertaken at the English Language Centre in Adelaide. For information about the PEP entry requirements please refer to the Academic English Pathways for Higher Degree by Research Programs.

The PEP provides an alternative entry pathway for eligible international students who have received offers to the University of Adelaide that are packaged with the PEP. Students must satisfactorily complete the PEP to meet the English language condition of their offer before being admitted to the University of Adelaide, at which time they are granted direct entry into the degree program that has been offered.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants are not permitted to undertake the PEP as a way to meet the English language requirements. Applicants wishing to apply for a University of Adelaide scholarship must provide evidence that meets the University's English language requirements for direct entry to the degree program before the scholarship closing dates. Students who intend to sit an appropriate English test must ensure that their official test results are provided prior to the scholarship closing date.


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