Let's Find Out; Is IELTS required for Australia Student Visa?


In most of the cases, international students doubted that without IELTS, it is impossible to study in Australia. And Going against this myth that IELTS or any other language score is necessarily required to study in Australia, this article will help you know the most reliable information on how to study in Australia without IELTS.

How to get an Australian student visa without IELTS?

An English language score is just a resource to check whether you are capable enough to study in an environment where English is the sole language of instruction and communication. However, most of the public universities in Australia require English language exam scores for admission. But some universities in Australia can waive the English language exam score requirements for admission depending upon the factors that during your past studies, the language of instruction was English or you have studied in a country where English is the first language.

In case, you studied in a country where English is not the first language but during your past studies, it was the language of instruction, you have to furnish documentary evidence that clearly states that English was the language of instruction during your past studies. This documentary evidence can be a letter from the head of the institution where you completed your past studies stating that English was the language of instruction during your past studies. Now, once you successfully got admission to an Australian institution without IELTS score, you can make an application for Australian student visa without providing a score report for any English language exam i.e. IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or C1 Advanced etc. 

Really Important: 
  • Keep in mind that the university/institution offering admission to you without any English language score would conduct GTE interview as an additional tool to assess your English language proficiency 
  • It is a must for you to furnish documentary evidence with your visa file/application stating that you are waived with English language score requirements for studying your chosen course at a particular university. And also, remember to include this fact in your GTE statement of purpose (SOP) which you are going to provide with your visa application to satisfy GTE criteria for grant of Australian student visa 
  • Remember it is just a misconception among students that without IELTS, it is really hard to get an Australian student visa. A visa application without an IELTS score has equal chances of approval as that of an application with an IELTS score, providing that your statement of purpose is perfectly composed in order to satisfy GTE criteria for granting an Australian student visa (subclass 500) and legitimate documentary evidence of adequate of funds available to you for your studies in Australia are also included in your visa file.
List of Universities in Australia offering admission without IELTS 
  • UNSW (University of New South Wales)
  • Griffith University
  • Bond University 
  • The University of Adelaide  
  • University of South Australia
  • RMIT University (up to a level where an overall IELTS score of 6.5 is required to study a course. If for a course an overall score of 7.0 is required, it is a must to provide a recognized English language exam score)
  • The University of Queensland
  • Macquarie University
Is an overall IELTS 5.5 band score eligible for study in Australia?

However, it seems difficult, finding an institution in Australia that could offer admission to international students with an overall 5.5 band in IELTS exam. But the reality is different from it, there is a range of diplomas, advanced diplomas, and certificate courses available at numerous private Australian colleges that can offer admission with an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no individual score less than 5.5 or 5.0.  Also, studying an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) course is an alternative way by which some universities/institutions can give you admission to your chosen course with an overall 5.5 band score. And on getting admission at an Australian institution, one can easily make an Australian student visa application with an overall 5.5. band score and can get approval for it. 

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