All international research degree applicants are required to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

All English language proficiency evidence must be valid on the date of your commencement. If you defer your offer, you may need to provide additional evidence of your English language proficiency.

If applying in a major scholarship round (including Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships and the University President’s Scholarships (UPS)), your application will not be considered unless your English language proficiency evidence is provided before the closing date (usually 31 August). 

English language requirement and proficiency can be demonstrated by:


Passing an approved test

Duolingo - We do not accept the Duolingo English language test as evidence of English language proficiency for research degree applicants in any circumstances.  The only tests we accept are detailed below.

You can demonstrate English language proficiency in the form of an English test result that is valid on your intended date of commencement.  English tests accepted by the University of South Australia are:

  • IELTS - Academic stream
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • University of Cambridge: ESOL Examinations for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) OR the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Different programs have different English requirements (please see the table below)

English rich program minimum entry scores

Academic Units with English rich programs: UniSA Creative, UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance, UniSA Education Futures, UniSA Business, UniSA Justice and Society. Additionally UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences programs in Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health may be considered English rich*.
IELTS (overall) TOEFL iBT (overall)* TOEFL PBT (overall) PTE Cambridge CAE/CPE
7 94 600 65 186
 IELTS min for all sub scores TOEFL iBT min for all sub  TOEFL PBT with TWE PTE min communicative score

 

 N/A
 6  18  5.0  50  N/A

*UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences English Requirements (PDF)

              Non English rich program minimum entry scores 

Academic Units with non English language rich programs: UniSA STEM, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences excluding Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health as above.
IELTS (overall) TOEFL iBT (overall)* TOEFL PBT (overall) PTE Cambridge CAE/CPE
6.5 79 577 58 177
IELTS min for all sub scores TOEFL
iBT min for all sub scores
TOEFL PBT with TWE PTE min communicative score N/A
6 18 5.0 50 N/A

*We are unable to accept TOFEL ‘ITP’ tests.

Academic experience

If you do not have a valid English language test result, you may be able to meet the University’s English language requirements via the alternative ways below. We will automatically assess your qualifications for evidence of English language proficiency, but we will not assess your academic teaching experience or publications unless you specifically request this. We strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible if you intend to use these routes to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as we may need additional information.

Qualifications

Previous degrees completed within Australia:

Within the last 2 years prior to the date of commencement: Successful completion of a tertiary qualification at a Bachelor level or above completed in Australia. 

Previous degrees completed in English:

Within the last 5 years prior to the date of commencement: Successful completion of at least two years of tertiary study at a Bachelor level or above at an institution where the language of instruction and assessment is English. Where previous study was conducted in English, applicants must provide official documentation from the educational institution certifying that the medium of instruction and assessment was in English

Academic teaching experience in English and/ or publications in English

If you have previously taught in English for at least 2 of the last 5 years or have at least 2 pieces of work published in English in scholarly books or internationally recognised journals in the last 5 years you may be able to meet the University’s English language requirements. Applicants must specifically request that their academic experience is assessed to meet English language requirements, as this will not be automatically assessed. You cannot meet English language requirements in this way unless you have nominated a Supervisor. If you would like to meet English language requirements in this way please email research.admissions@unisa.edu.au with details of your teaching and publications and an initial assessment will be conducted.  Please submit your application before doing this.

Completing an Academic English program

CELUSA

If you do not meet the University of South Australia's English entry requirements, you may undertake an English language program at the Centre for English Language at the University of South Australia (CELUSA) or another University of South Australia approved provider. Note, this is not an option for Research Training Program international (RTPi) Scholarships and University President's Scholarship (UPS) applicants, who must meet the English language requirements by the scholarship closing date (31 August)

CELUSA offers the Academic English (AE) program for students planning to study at an Australian education institution. Students must succeed to the level determined by CELUSA: 

  • Completed and passed CELUSA AE5 – non English language-rich programs
  • Completed and passed CELUSA AE6 – English language-rich programs

UTS Insearch Academic English Program (in Bahasa Indonesia)

The UTS Insearch Academic English Program delivered in Bahasa Indonesia is a recognised way of meeting UniSA’s English language requirements. Applicants in Indonesia who do not meet the English language requirements may undertake a UTS Insearch Academic English Program in order to satisfy these requirements. If you have an IELTs (or equivalent test) score which is 0.5 below the requirements, UniSA may make an offer that is conditional on you meeting the required IELTS score either by sitting another IELTS (or equivalent) test, or by successfully completing the 10 week UTS Insearch Academic English Program.

Students who have successfully completed the UTSInsearch AE 5 Academic English program at Distinction and High Distinction Levels will satisfy the English language requirements for programs at the University of South Australia where the current entry is IELTS 6.5, and

Students who have successfully completed the UTSInsearch AE 6 Academic English program at Distinction and High Distinction Levels will satisfy the English language requirements for programs at the University of South Australia where the current entry is IELTS 7.0.

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