Entry requirements

What you need to get into your chosen program.

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Here at UNSW Global, every application we receive is carefully considered. Students will receive an offer to the relevant program based on their academic and English test results.


The entry requirements below should be considered as a guide only, and are subject to change. If your qualification does not appear here, please contact Admissions for assistance.

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English Entry Requirements for UNSW degrees

Before starting a UNSW undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will need to have reached a minimum level of English language proficiency. 

Depending on your level of English, you may need to study an Academic English Program. These range between 10 and 30 weeks of additional English language tuition in our University English Entry Course and Essential Academic English course. The entry requirements listed are a guide only and are subject to change.

Postgraduate Research:

  • Entry Requirements Direct entry UEEC 10 Weeks UEEC 15 Weeks
    IELTS 7.0, Writing 7.0
    (subscores 6.5)
    6.5, Writing 6.5
    (subscores 6.0)
    6.5, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 5.5)
    TOEFL Paper-based PBT 589, TWE 5.5 577, TWE 5.5 577, TWE 5.0
    TOEFL Internet-based Test iBT 96, Writing 27
    (subscores 23)
    90, Writing 25 90, Writing 23
    Pearson Test of English 65, Writing 58
    (subscores 58)
    64, Writing 58 64, Writing 54

Undergraduate: Business, Law & Justice
Postgraduate: Architecture, Business, Law & Justice
Research: Arts, Design & Architecture

  • Entry Requirements Direct entry UEEC 10 Weeks UEEC 15 Weeks UEEC 20 Weeks EAE 10 Weeks
    IELTS 7.0, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 6.0)
    6.5, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 5.5)
    6.0, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 5.0)
    6.0, Writing 5.5
    (subscores 5.0)
    5.5, Writing 5.5
    (subscores 4.5)
    TOEFL (paper) 589, TWE 5.0 577, TWE 5.0 550, TWE 5.0 537, TWE 4.5 513, TWE 4.0
    TOEFL iBT (internet) 94, Writing 25 90, Writing 23 80, Writing 20 75, Writing 18 65, Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English 65, Writing 54
    (subscores 54)
    64, Writing 54 54, Writing 54 54, Writing 46 46, Writing 46
    Cambridge Advanced English 185, Writing 169 176, Writing 169 169, Writing 169 169, Writing 162 162, Writing 154
    HKDSE English 5, Writing 4 4, Writing 4 3, Writing 4 3, Writing 3 2, Writing 3

Undergraduate: All Faculty, except Business, Law & Justice
Postgraduate: Art & Design, Engineering, Medicine & Health (one exception); Science (some exceptions)
Research: Engineering, Medicine & Health, Science

  • Entry Requirements

    Direct entry UEEC 10 weeks UEEC 15 weeks UEEC 20 weeks EAE 10 Weeks
    IELTS 6.5, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 6.0)
    6.0, Writing 6.0
    (subscores 5.5, Speaking 5.0)
    6.0, Writing 5.5
    (subscores 5.0)
    5.5, Writing 5.5
    (subscores 5.0)
    5.0, Writing 5.0
    (subscores 4.5)
    TOEFL (paper) 577, TWE 5.0 550, TWE 5.0 537, TWE 4.5 513, TWE 4.5 483, TWE 4.0
    TOEFL iBT (internet) 90, Writing 23 80, Writing 20 75, Writing 18 65, Writing 18 56, Writing 14
    Pearson Test of English 64, Writing 54
    (subscores 54)
    54, Writing 54 50, Writing 50 46, Writing 46 38, Writing 38
    Cambridge Advanced English 176, Writing 169 169, Writing 169 169, Writing 162 162, Writing 162 154, Writing 154
    HKDSE English 4, Writing 3 3, Writing 3 3, Writing 2 2, Writing 2 2

Alternative English test results accepted due to COVID-19

The following tests will be accepted for UNSW Global programs until further notice:

 

  • IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will have the same entry requirements as those set for IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT. 
  • Duolingo English Test results will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students affected by COVID-19
  • English language test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) will be accepted for tests completed no more than
    • Three years before the intended start date in Foundation Studies or Diploma Program
    • Two years before the intended start date in an Academic English Program