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1.0 Purpose and Scope

These Procedures address the level of English language proficiency required for entry to the University.

These Procedures apply to all prospective students applying for entry into award and non-award programs delivered by the University, at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels, including Study Abroad and exchange students, and students articulating from Study Abroad or exchange programs into UQ academic programs. The following are not within the scope of these procedures: secondary school enrichment studies, professional and continuing education programs, or other short courses delivered on-shore and offshore.

2.0 Process and Key Controls

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission to all award and non-award studies at The University of Queensland.

The ELP requirements have been established for admission to all academic programs, and are detailed in these Procedures and in the associated Tables. The requirements take into consideration the level of English language skills needed to commence and successfully progress through the program and the requirements of external accreditation bodies.

The ELP requirements will not be waived for any domestic or international applicant seeking entry to undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or research award programs or to non-award study.

3.0 English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework and Research Programs

3.1 Applicants will be considered to have satisfied the University's ELP requirements provided they meet the criteria applicable for their program.

Minimum ELP requirements for admission to UQ programs are provided in section 3.2. ELP requirements for higher-than-minimum ELP programs are provided in PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1.

3.2 Applicants will meet minimum ELP requirements if:

a) they demonstrate achievement of the following grades in English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; or
  • TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; or
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; or
  • PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; or
  • CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; or
  • BEP: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills; or

b) they have completed senior secondary schooling from designated countries listed in Part A of PPL 3.40.14d2—Table 2 where the medium of instruction is English; or

c) they hold qualifications and satisfy relevant conditions set out in Part B of PPL 3.40.14d2—Table 2; or

d) they have successfully undertaken at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study (at diploma level or higher) in a designated country as listed in Part A of PPL 3.40.14d2—Table 2, from an accredited university or institution which is recognised by The University of Queensland as one where:

  • English was the medium of instruction, and
  • English was the medium of assessment; or

e) they have successfully completed a bachelor or master's degree program from an accredited university or institution which is recognised by The University of Queensland as one where:

  • English was the medium of instruction, and
  • English was the medium of assessment, and
  • the final year of study has been undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to the commencement of study at the University; or

f) they have successfully undertaken at least two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-secondary study (at diploma level or higher), from an accredited university or institution which is recognised by The University of Queensland as one where:

  • English was the medium of instruction, and
  • English was the medium of assessment, and
  • the final year of study has been undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to the commencement of study at the University; or

g) they provide evidence of sufficient English language skills developed through substantial paid and/or voluntary work experience in a primarily English-speaking professional environment for a period of at least three (3) years full-time immediately prior to the commencement of study at the University.

3.3 Applicants who cannot demonstrate ELP specified for their program may be referred, as follows, for consideration of relevant evidence to ascertain whether they meet the University's ELP requirements:

  • By the Domestic Admissions Manager or the International Admissions Manager to the Academic Registrar (coursework applications)
  • By the Admissions Manager, UQ Graduate School to the Director, UQ Graduate School (HDR applications).

3.4 Applicants who cannot demonstrate that they satisfy ELP requirements for their program may consider one of UQ's English language pathways as outlined in Section 4.

3.5 Where an applicant has provided evidence that they have met the ELP requirements for their program but concerns have been raised about their English language ability through the admissions process, the Academic Registrar may be asked to seek an objective assessment of the applicant’s abilities by ICTE-UQ.

Note for Section 3

[1] Applicants with grades in the high school subject English for ESL Learners (or equivalent) must:

  • from 2017 achieve an overall 'High Achievement' (or equivalent) or greater for entry into UQ programs with higher-than-minimum ELP entry requirements (refer to PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1 for details), and
  • from 2019 achieve an overall 'High Achievement' (or equivalent) or greater for entry into all UQ programs.

[2] For Study Abroad and Exchange applicants, the changes take effect from 1 December 2018 for applications received from that date onwards (refer to pre-1 June 2018 PPL 3.40.14b procedures).

4.0 English Language Pathways to UQ Programs

If an applicant has the academic qualifications required for entry into a University program but does not satisfy the University’s ELP requirements for that program, they may be eligible for a package offer. Package offers are not available to undergraduate domestic applicants, or to HDR applicants wishing to be considered for the UQ Graduate School Scholarship.

The University of Queensland offers English language pathway entry options through the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ). More information on pathway options, including entry requirements, is available at https://future-students.uq.edu.au/english-language-pathways.

5.0 English Language Proficiency Requirements Review Process

5.1 The Academic Board’s Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP), through its Coursework Admission Standards Sub-Committee (CASSC), is responsible for the setting and the ongoing review of the English Language Proficiency requirements at The University of Queensland. English Language Proficiency entry requirements are reviewed formally on an annual cycle and reported to CASSC.

5.2 Schools, Faculties and Institutes that wish to establish higher requirements for admission to particular programs, based on professional registration standards or particular program requirements, must submit such requests, using the PPL 3.40.14d5 The Proposal to Change ELP Requirements—Form, to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) for endorsement, and then to the  CASSC for consideration. Submissions to change the ELP requirement for a program must include the academic justification for the change and must be submitted for consideration by CASSC and Academic Board by July each year for implementation in the following admissions cycle.

If endorsed by CASSC, such requests will be referred to CAPP for noting, to the Academic Board for further consideration, and to the Vice-Chancellor for approval. If approved, these changes will be incorporated into the PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1, and be clearly and widely promulgated, in advance of implementation, to prospective students and other relevant stakeholders.

5.3 A case may be made to vary the ELP requirements for student exchange or study abroad cohorts from key strategic partners. Such arrangements are limited to formal University partners and are underpinned by a program of study that recognises the University’s duty of care to both domestic and international students. Such exchange or study abroad cohorts may be restricted to undertaking specific UQ courses and arrangements documented via a written agreement (see PPL 3.30.12 International Agreements). Cases for varying ELP requirements for entry into UQ studies for a specific cohort must be submitted to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) for endorsement, and then to CASSC for consideration. If endorsed by CASSC, such cases will be referred to CAPP for noting, to the Academic Board for further consideration, and to the Vice-Chancellor for approval.

6.0 Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities

6.1 Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor exercises delegated authority from Senate, on advice from the University’s Academic Board, to approve the English language proficiency requirements of new academic programs, and changes to the English language proficiency requirements of existing programs.

6.2 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) provides assurance to the Vice-Chancellor that proposals to establish higher requirements for admission to particular programs are made in accordance with the University’s overall engagement strategy.

6.3 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) provides assurance to the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s academic program approval process and the maintenance and development of high standards of teaching and learning.

6.4 Faculties

Faculties are responsible for the determining the English language proficiency requirements for admission into the programs they administer, and subsequent monitoring of student performance in engaging with academic content of their programs.

7.0 Monitoring, Review and Assurance

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), is required to monitor the academic program approval process, and review of the policy and procedures through the Academic Board and its committees.

The Academic Registrar is required to monitor the University’s compliance of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act, and when required, provide reports to members of the University Senior Management Group and Senate.

8.0 Recording and Reporting

The records of all proposals initiated and maintained through these procedures shall be managed in accordance with PPL 1.60.04 Records Management.

9.0 Appendix

9.1 Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Academic Program – sequence of study leading to the award of a qualification such as an undergraduate degree or diploma, postgraduate coursework qualification or Higher Degree by Research (HDR).

BEP – Bridging English Program.

CAE/CPE – Cambridge English: Advanced / Cambridge English: Proficiency.

ELP – English language proficiency, the ability of an individual to communicate competently in English. ELP at the University is further categorised into general proficiency (general communicative competence), academic proficiency (skills in the specialised vocabularies, concepts, and knowledge associated with particular disciplines) and professional proficiency (intercultural competence and interpersonal skills in the discourses and behaviours associated with particular professional domains).

English-rich Disciplines – disciplines that require extensive use of, and assessment in, the English language. An English-rich discipline is a discipline that develops English language skills and includes in-depth study and analytical, critical and creative engagement with a range of texts, allowing students to acquire understanding of stylistic conventions and participate in extended writing.

English Language Skills – the four macro skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.

Higher-than-minimum ELP Program – a UQ program that requires an applicant to demonstrate higher-than-minimum ELP, as specified for that program in PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1.

ICTE-UQInstitute of Continuing and TESOL Education UQ.

IELTS – International English Language Testing System.

Minimum ELP requirement – the standard English language entry requirement for entry into UQ programs; applied unless specified otherwise in PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1.

Minimum ELP Program – a UQ program that requires an applicant to demonstrate minimum ELP, as specified in Section 3. All UQ programs are minimum ELP programs unless specified otherwise in PPL 3.40.14d1—Table 1.

Non-Award Enrolment – enrolment in a course or courses offered by the University but not enrolment in a program that leads to an award of the University. Examples include students enrolled in the Enhanced Studies Program, cross-institutional students, exchange students and Study Abroad students.

Package Offer – a combined offer comprising an offer of English Language Studies plus the conditional offer of the principal UQ program once ELP requirement has been met.

PTE – Pearson Test of English.

TOEFL – Test of English as a foreign language.

 

Appendix B—Table 1

English Language Proficiency Admission—Table 1: English Language Proficiency Requirements for Higher-than-minimum ELP Programs

English language test scores and other qualifications accepted as per Table 1 are considered to be valid for English Language Proficiency purposes for two (2) years from the date of the test or five (5) years from the date of qualification being granted to the date of commencement at The University of Queensland.

Accepted tests and pathways*

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System), including the IELTS UKVI (Academic)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • CAE/CPE (Cambridge English: Advanced / Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • OET (Occupational English Test)
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)
  • BEP (Bridging English Program) – through The Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ)
  • Sections 3.2(b)-(f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

 

*Note – apart from IELTS, the acceptance of these tests and pathways is at the discretion of the University and varies between programs.

 

Programs

Ways to satisfy ELP entry requirement

HIGHER-THAN-MINIMUM ELP UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK PROGRAMS

Note: From 2017, applicants with grades in the high school subject English for ESL learners, or its interstate equivalents, must achieve an overall 'High Achievement' (or interstate equivalent) or greater to satisfy ELP requirements under section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b.

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in the sub-band of Speaking and a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Reading, Writing and Listening

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) and (e) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Master of Global Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 6.5 in each sub-band of Writing and Speaking

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of B in Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e)-(g) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Incoming Double Degree students articulating into the 5535 MGM-Exchange program from partner institutions through a specific Double Degree Program Agreement (Aalto, Bocconi, ESSEC, NHH, Queens) are deemed to have met ELP towards the MGM if they satisfy the minimum ELP entry requirements as per 3.2 (a).

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for higher-than-minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2

Sections 3.2(e) and (f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 6.5 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e)-(g) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (64 units)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing and Speaking, and a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Reading and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e)-(g) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e)-(g) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports

Sciences (Honours) (for students commencing in Semester 1, 2019)

Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Sections 3.2(e) and (f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Sections 3.2  (e) and (f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Master of Audiology Studies

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Master of Clinical Psychology

Master of Counselling

Master of Dietetics Studies

Master of Nursing Studies

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

Master of Organisational Psychology

Master of Physiotherapy Studies

Master of Psychology

Master of Social Work Studies (24 units and 32 units)

Doctor of Dental Science

Doctor of Psychology

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Section 3.2(e) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine-Ochsner

(includes Provisional Entry for School Leavers)

 

Master of Mental Health

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

Occupational English Test (OET): A minimum score of 350 in each sub-skill of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Master of Medicine

 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills

Occupational English Test (OET): A minimum score of 350 in each sub-skill of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b), (e) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

Graduate Certificate in Midwifery

Graduate Certificate in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy

Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Clinical Pharmacy

Master of Midwifery

Master of Mental Health Nursing
Master of Nurse Practitioner
Master of Physiotherapy

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

Occupational English Test (OET): A minimum score of 350 in each sub-skill of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for higher-than-minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Section 3.2(e) and (f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading and Listening and a score of 8 in Speaking

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

Section 3.2(c) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: conditions for higher-than-minimum ELP programs in Appendix C—Table 2 apply)

Master of Speech Pathology Studies

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading and Listening and a score of 8 in Speaking

Other tests accepted EXCEPT Bridging English Program (BEP) results; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

 

Graduate Certificate Writing, Editing and Publishing

Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing (16 units and 24 units)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

 

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Master of Teaching (Secondary)
 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7.5 AND a minimum score of 8 in Listening and Speaking and 7 in Writing and Reading

Note: other tests and Bridging English Program (BEP) are not accepted

Section 3.2(f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: applies only if the qualifying degree is of at least 3 years duration of full-time higher education studies completed in a country approved by professional accreditation as starred in Table 2 Part A: designated countries. No other countries or levels of study are accepted)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

 

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7.5 AND a minimum score of 8 in Listening and Speaking and 7 in Writing and Reading

Note: other tests and Bridging English Program (BEP) are not accepted

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: applies only if the studies are completed in a country approved by professional accreditation as starred in Table 2 Part A: designated countries PPLXXXX)

Section 3.2(e) and (f) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures (note: applies only if the studies are completed in a country approved by professional accreditation as starred in Table 2 Part A: designated countries PPLXXXX)

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7.5 AND a minimum score of 8 in Listening and Speaking and 7 in Writing and Reading

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 6 plus a minimum grade of A+ in all macro skills

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Section 3.2(b) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

 

HIGHER-THAN-MINIMUM ELP POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Higher Degree by Research in the Health Sciences where research is undertaken in a clinical placement setting

Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science

Doctor of Medical Leadership

IELTS: Overall Band Score of 7 AND a minimum score of 7 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening

BEP: A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills (from 2017 onwards)

Other tests accepted; see Appendix D—Table 3 for other test scores corresponding to required IELTS scores

Sections 3.2(b)-(g) of PPL 3.40.14b—Procedures

 

 

 

Custodians
Academic Registrar Mr Mark Erickson