English language requirements

To get the most out of your degree, you'll need to be able to read, speak, write and listen to English at a certain level.

Different courses have different requirements, and there are various ways that you can prove that you meet them.

How to meet our English language requirements

All students must be able to prove that they can meet our English language requirements. You'll be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies
  • completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or another type of qualification taught in English
  • lived and worked in an English speaking country for at least five years.

These requirements are different for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. For the most up-to-date English language requirements, please visit the English Language Admission Criteria procedure.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the most popular English language test in the world. IELTS tests are taken in nearly every country – and we have our own dedicated testing and study centres at Deakin.

Learn more about IELTS

Experience living and working in an English speaking country

If you'd like to use your time in an English speaking country as a way to meet our language requirements, you will need to:

  • have lived in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Fiji, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa or Zambia
  • have undertaken professional employment in a role that required written and verbal communication in English
  • be able to produce a passport and residency/citizenship documentation as well as supporting statements from employers (with current contact details to allow verification).