Minimum English language requirement

Information about RMIT's minimum English language requirements.

There are no University minimum English language requirements for entry into VE programs for domestic applicants.

English requirements may be set for individual programs as part of the program's entry requirements.

Applicants for whom the highest qualification is the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

For entry to a bachelor degree, a study score of at least 30 in VCE units 3 and 4 English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 25 in VCE units 3 and 4 English, Literature or English Language.

For entry to an associate degree, a study score of at least 25 in VCE units 3 and 4 English as an Additional Language or a study score of at least 20 in VCE units 3 and 4 English, Literature or English Language.

For Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Program, the English study score for admission is five points lower than the published study score for the Bachelor program.

The minimum study scores for entry may be set higher than the above scores in the program entry requirements.

Applicants for whom the highest qualification is an Australian interstate Year 12, New Zealand Year 13, or the International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have achieved study scores in an English course (subject) equivalent to the VCE English study scores listed above.

Applicants for whom the highest qualification is an overseas Year 12

Applicants must have completed a senior certificate of education equivalent to an Australian Year 12. Equivalence is determined using information available through VCAA, NOOSR, or NARIC.

If the qualification has been completed in a country listed in the RMIT’s recognised English-speaking countries, applicants will have satisfied the English language requirement by successfully completing an English subject equivalent to the English subjects and study scores listed above. 

Applicants who have completed tertiary study

Applicants are deemed to have satisfied the minimum English language requirement if they meet the university minimum academic entry requirements with one of the following:

  • satisfactory completion of 24 RMIT University credit points or at least two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or equivalent) where the teaching and assessment was in English
  • satisfactory completion of an AQF accredited award at certificate IV or above (or equivalent) where the teaching and assessment was in English

Australian equivalence of overseas qualifications is determined using information available from NOOSR or NARIC.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements with formal study

Applicants may satisfy the English language requirements by completing the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) multiple choice and achieving the following minimum scores:

  • for entry to a bachelor degree, an overall score of at least 155
  • for entry to an associate degree, an overall score of at least 150

There are no university minimum English language requirements for entry into postgraduate programs for domestic applicants.

English requirements may be set for individual programs as part of the program's entry requirements.

Applicants for whom the highest qualification is an overseas Year 12

If the qualification has been completed in a non-English speaking country, the applicant may meet the English requirements by:

Applicants who have completed tertiary study

Applicants will have met the minimum English language requirement by successfully completing one of the following:

  • at least 24 RMIT University credit points or two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent) where the teaching and assessment was in English
  • an AQF accredited award at certificate IV or above (or overseas equivalent) where the teaching and assessment was in English

Where the teaching and assessment was not in English, or the study undertaken overseas is not deemed equivalent, applicants may meet the requirements by:

International applicants for whom the highest qualification is a completed VCE (interstate equivalent, or IB/NZ) applicants are required to meet the same English language requirements as domestic applicants.

International applicants who have completed studies overseas are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following:

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