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Admission Information

Information required for international students' admission into the University of Adelaide are detailed below.

Visit the Degree Finder for information on minimum entry requirements, pre-requisites and selection criteria for coursework programs.

  • English Language Requirements

    The University's preferred accredited English language tests are:

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Academic Test
    • TOEFL - internet based and paper based
    • Pearson Test of English - Academic
    • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced).

    However, the University may accept other evidence of proficiency in English in individual cases.

    Students without the required level of English will need to satisfactorily complete an intensive program of English language before being admitted to the University of Adelaide. The University can arrange an appropriate English language program, Academic English (PEP Pathway) in Adelaide at the University's English Language Centre. The PEP Pathway provides an alternative entry pathway for prospective students who have received offers to the University of Adelaide conditional upon English proficiency. On successful completion of the PEP Pathway at the appropriate level, students are granted direct entry into the University. See PEP Pathway entry requirements for more information.

    Australian Year 12 applicants

    International students undertaking an Australian year 12 program will meet the English language proficiency requirements with a passing grade or above in a recognised English as a Second Language or an English Language subject, as a part of the successful completion of their year 12 qualification.

    International students who are not required to undertake an English subject to successfully complete their Australian year 12 qualification (or those who successfully complete their year 12 qualification but do not pass their English subject), can meet the English language proficiency requirements by achieving or exceeding the minimum score in an IELTS or another accepted English language test.

    Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma meets the English language requirements of the University of Adelaide.


    English Language Requirements

    The University has approved new Minimum English Language Requirements for entry in 2018. Students commencing in 2018, or deferring their studies to 2018, should be aware of the new requirements when preparing their application.

    Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

    Postgraduate Research Programs

  • Academic Requirements


    The following qualifications are recognised for undergraduate entry. Each undergraduate program has minimum entry requirements that can be accessed in Degree Finder.

    Undergraduate Entry Qualifications
    Country Qualification
    Australia Australian Year 12: SACE, NSW/ACT UAI, TAS/WA ATAR, VIC ATAR, QLD OP (see * below)
    Brunei GCE Advanced Level Examination
    Canada Provincial High School Diploma (eg. Ontario Secondary School Diploma - OSSD)
    Germany Abitur
    Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
    India All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination
    Indonesia Indonesia SMA3 (Graduate Certificate of Completion)
    Malaysia GCE Advanced Level Examination, Matrikulasi, STPM Examination, Unified Entrance Certificate (UEC)
    Mauritius GCE Advanced Level Examination
    Norway Vitnemal den Videregaende Skole
    Singapore GCE Advanced Level Examination
    Sweden Slutbetyg or Avgangsbetyg
    People's Republic of China Gao Kao Examination
    Sri Lanka GCE Advanced Level Examination
    Thailand Matayom 6 with Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education
    UK GCE Advanced Level Examination
    Vietnam Bang Tot Nghiep Trung
    Hoc Pho Thong
    Worldwide International Baccalaureate

    Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs.

    Other Foundation Studies Programs recognised by the University of Adelaide are:

    • The University of Sydney
    • Trinity College - University of Melbourne
    • The University of Queensland
    • Tuart and Canning Colleges - University of Western Australia
    • The Australian National University
    • The University of New South Wales
    • Monash College - Monash University
    • Academic Colleges Group - University of Auckland
    • International Foundation Year (IFY) - Northern Consortium of UK Universities

    Please download the Minimum entry requirements of Recognised Foundation Studies Programs for further details.

    Applications will also be considered from outstanding students who have completed Foundation Studies Programs offered by other Australian Universities. They will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Additional Selection Criteria

    Some programs consider other selection criteria in addition to entry qualifications listed above. For example, music programs require applicants to undertake an audition, while medicine, oral health and dentistry applicants are required to undertake a selection test and, if successful, attend an oral assessment.

    For current additional application requirements please refer to the "Admission and Fee Information" tab in Degree Finder for the desired course.

    Deferment of Entry

    Applicants who have been offered a place in a program can apply to defer their enrolment in that program to the following year. Exceptions apply to some programs.

    *Requirements for International Students Completing an Australian Year 12 Program or International Baccalaureate in Australia

    Australian school leaver applicants are given a tertiary entrance rank (ATAR). School leavers with interstate/overseas equivalents and applicants studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia have their final school results converted to a South Australian ATAR by SATAC.

    All international applicants undertaking an Australian year 12 program are required to achieve a Pass grade or above in one of the approved English as a Second Language or English Language subjects.  Satisfactory completion of one of these subjects ensures that each international applicant meets the minimum English language proficiency requirements of the University of Adelaide.

    Postgraduate Coursework Entry Requirements

    Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry. Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right. For further information, please see:

    Postgraduate Research Entry Requirements

    The admission requirements for postgraduate research degrees are set out in the relevant set of academic program rules, however an overview of these requirements and other important information is provided in the Research Student Handbook.


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