Incoming study abroad and exchange students

A guide to RMIT's minimum English language proficiency requirements for students completing Exchange or Study Abroad programs.

Students from RMIT Exchange partners completing Exchange programs are not required to submit proof of an English language competency. Your home institution will confirm that you have the sufficient level of English for non-award studies at RMIT as part of your online nomination.

Students completing Study Abroad programs are required to demonstrate English language proficiency requirements based on approved tests and qualification types set out in the tables below.  Where an English language proficiency test is used for admission, the test must be taken no more than two years prior to the RMIT program commencement date.

English language proficiency assessment may also be based on the completion of tertiary level courses where English is the language of instruction for the subjects/courses taken in that program (minimum of 1 year or the equivalent of 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). See Recognised qualifications and English speaking countries for more information.  

English Language Proficiency Test Minimum Test Score Required  
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall band score   
TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT) Overall score of 60   
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 50   
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

2014: Score of 52

2015 onwards: Overall score of 169

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs (must be achieved by the application deadline) Advanced level Certificate  
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
B2 as confirmed on an official letter from home institution.    
Country of study Qualification type Minimum scores required
Denmark  Studentereksamen Studentereksamen with at least 7 in English Level A or 10 in English Level B
Finland Ylioppilastutkintoto / Lukionpäästötodishis

Ylioppilastutkintoto / Lukionpäästötodishis at least a grade 8 or better in English, or 

English A in final year of secondary school

Germany Fachhochschulereife, Arbitur or DAAD

Fachhochschulereife with at least 3 in English, or

Abitur with at least 7 in English, or

2014: DAAD language test with minimum of C in all sections.

2015 onwards: DAAD language test with minimum of four stars (****) in each section

The Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)orHoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs(HAVO)

VWO with at least 7 in English, or

HAVO (Senior General Secondary Education – five years) with a minimum grade of 7

Norway Vitnemal Vitnemal with 4 or better in English
Sweden Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg with at least VG or C in English
Mexico TOEFL ITP from specific study abroad partners: Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), Universidad Iberoamericana and CENTRO
Total score of 580

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