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International Entry Requirements

International Entry
Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Admission to Western Sydney University is highly competitive and is on the basis of academic merit. International students are required to meet the same standards as Australian residents. The following qualifications are the minimum acceptable levels for eligibility and you should not assume that because you have met the minimum level you will be offered a place at the university. It should be noted that certain programs may have special or higher entry requirements.

These are general guides only. Refer to the online handbook for the specific requirements of each degree program. Some programs may also require evidence of relevant work experience.

English Language Entry Requirements

All international students must have a good command of written and spoken English.

If your first language is English or if you can provide satisfactory evidence that English was the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies (secondary or tertiary studies completed within 3 years at the time of your commencement at Western Sydney University), you may be considered as meeting the requirement of proficiency in English.

If English is not your first language or was not the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination or test before you can receive a full offer of a place.

All undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs (except the below)

For a full list of the English language equivalences, refer to the approved English language entry requirements.

Your English language proficiency test must be no more than two years old at the time of your commencement at Western Sydney University.

IELTS (Academic version)

6.5 overall score
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest

TOEFL Internet-based score

Total score 82
Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

58 overall
No communication skills less than 50

Program/ Discipline IELTS (Academic version) TOEFL internet-based score Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
B Nursing  
B Nursing (Advanced)
M Nursing Practice (Preregistration)
7.0 overall score, minimum 7.0 in each subtest Total score 94 
Speaking 23, Listening 24, Reading 24 and Writing 27
65 Overall; minimum 65 in each of the four skills Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading in one sitting.
B Occupational Therapy
B Health Science (Paramedicine)
B Physiotherapy
B Podiatric Medicine
B Speech Pathology
B Health Science (Sport & Exercise Science)
7.0 overall score, minimum 6.5 in writing and reading, 7.0 in speaking and listening Total score 94
Writing and Reading 24
Speaking and Listening 23
65 overall; minimum 58 in writing and reading, 65 in listening and speaking
Doctor of Medicine 7.0 overall score, minimum 7.0 in each subtest Total score 100
Writing 27, listening and
reading 24 and speaking 23
65 overall; minimum 65 in each of the four skills Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading in one sitting.
Master of Teaching degrees 7.5 overall score,
minimum 7.0 in reading and writing,
minimum 8.0 for speaking and listening

Total score 105
Writing 24; Speaking 26;
Listening 28 and Reading 24

78 overall; Speaking 79;
Listening 79; Reading 65;  Writing 65

Master of Social Work (Qualifying) 7.0 overall score, minimum 6.5 in each subtest

Total score 94 Writing 24; and subtests 22

65 overall; minimum 58 in each of the four skills Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading in one sitting.
Master of Professional Psychology and Master of Clinical Psychology 7.0 overall score,
minimum 7.0 in each subtest
Total score 100
Writing 27, listening, reading and speaking 22
65 Overall; minimum 65 in each of the four skills Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading in one sitting.
The College diplomas 6.0 overall score,
minimum 5.5 in each subtest
Total score 70
Writing 20; Speaking 16;
Listening and Reading 11
50 overall; No communication skills less than 42
The College University Foundation Studies/Diploma Extended 5.5 overall score,
minimum 5.0 in each subtest
Total 59 score
Writing 17; listening and
reading 7; speaking 15
42 overall; No communication skills less than 40
The College University Foundation Studies
(Health Science and Nursing)
6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest  Total 82 score
Writing 21; Listening 13;
Reading 13; Speaking 18.
58 overall; No communication skills less than 50

COVID-19 Temporary Admission Arrangements

With many English testing centres currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Sydney University will temporarily extend the time validity for existing approved official IELTS or TOEFL IBT English test scores to 3 years instead of 2 years before the intended intake commencement for programs requiring IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Changes have also been made to our list of approved English tests. Western will temporarily accept the following alternative English tests for programs requiring IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

The temporary arrangement applies to all intakes in 2022.

If you defer your offer to an intake other than listed above, you will be required to submit another English test from the approved English language entry requirements list.

Temporary arrangements do not apply to programs that require an IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent.

This arrangement will be subject to a review once authorised testing centres reopen.

Please note, temporary English documentation arrangements above may not meet the English language requirement for your student visa application to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). It will be your responsibility to meet these requirements. Please check the DHA website for information.

What if I don't meet the entry requirements?

If you do not meet the entry requirements at Western Sydney University, you can prepare yourself for university entry through other pathways.