Minimum English language requirement

Information about RMIT's minimum English language requirements for local students.

The following information provides you with the minimum English language requirements for entry into RMIT programs for applicants who are Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents, New Zealand Citizens or studying on a Temporary Protection visa (TPV).

Qualifications where the teaching and assessment was entirely in English

For entry to an RMIT bachelor degree, associate degree or postgraduate coursework program, you are required to meet the minimum English language requirements through one of the following:

Qualifications Associate degree
Bachelor degree or postgraduate coursework program
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) A study score of at least 25 in VCE units 3 and 4 English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 20 in English, Literature or English Language. A study score of at least 30 in VCE units 3 and 4 English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 25 in English, Literature or English Language.
Australian Interstate Year 12 or
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

Achieve a study score in an  English course (subject) deemed equivalent to those listed above.

Equivalent courses (subjects) can be located on VTAC’s Equivalent prerequisites for interstate and international Baccalaureate (IB) students webpage by selecting the spreadsheet Interstate subject guide to Victorian prerequisites.

For New Zealand’s NCEA Level 3, applicants must have achieved 18 credits in the equivalent courses (subjects). Equivalent course (subjects) are assessed on a case by case basis.

Equivalent Overseas Year 12 Completed an equivalent English course (subject) with the required study scores as listed above.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Achieve an overall score of at least 150. Achieve an overall score of at least 155.
Post-Secondary study

Satisfactory completion of two undergraduate level courses (subjects) equivalent to at least 24 RMIT University credit points; or

Satisfactory completion of an AQF accredited award at certificate IV or above (or equivalent).

Professional work experience (For entry to Postgraduate coursework only) n/a

Demonstrated at least 2 years professional work experience in an occupation requiring English language proficiency. 

A supporting statement from your employer which must be on official letterhead or an email from the company email account that confirms:

  • English is the language of business, 
  • duration of employment,
  • your roles and responsibilities,
  • nature of work, 
  • scale of the organisation, and
  • whether the company deals internationally.

If you are the CEO of your own company, we require a supporting statement from a business trader who deals directly with your company, on official letter head or company email confirming that English is the language of business, the duration and nature of your business relationship.

Equity Admissions Scheme

If you are applying to RMIT through the Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Program, the English study score for admission is five points lower than the published study score for the program.

The minimum English study scores for entry may be set higher than the above scores, please check the program page.

Qualifications where the teaching and assessment was not entirely in English

For entry to an RMIT bachelor degree, associate degree or postgraduate coursework program, you are required to meet the minimum English language requirements through one of the following:

Overseas Year 12
Post-Secondary study

If you have not achieved the required English language proficiency test scores for entry to your preferred program we encourage you to complete the Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) (C4399) 22492VIC.

There are no university minimum English language requirements for entry into VE programs for domestic applicants. However, English language requirements may be set for individual programs.

More information can be found under the entry requirements of the program page.

If you are applying for a government subsidised place and/or a VET Student Loan you will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment before you can enrol. This is to ensure that you will be successful in your program. We will also be able to determine if you require any additional support for language, literacy or numeracy throughout your program.

If you are applying to RMIT as an International student please visit RMIT’s Minimum English language requirements for International students.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.