Entry requirements


Admission to Western Sydney University is on the basis of meeting minimum academic and English language requirements for your course.

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 courses may have special or higher entry requirements.

These are general guides only. Refer to the online handbook (opens in a new window) for the specific requirements of each degree program. Some programs may also require evidence of relevant work experience.

Bachelor degrees- undergraduate study

Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination (PDF, 316.26 KB) (opens in a new window) (Gao Kao qualification).

Graduate Diploma

An applicant for a Graduate Diploma Program must either hold:
  • A Bachelor degree, or
  • An overseas qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution that is equivalent to a Bachelor degree.
Refer to the online handbook (opens in a new window) for specific admission requirements of the degree you are interested in.

Masters degrees - postgraduate study

An applicant for a Masters coursework degree program must either hold:
  • A Bachelor degree, or
  • An overseas qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution that is equivalent to a Bachelor degree, or
  • A Graduate Diploma from a recognised tertiary institution or university.
Refer to the online handbook (opens in a new window) for specific admission requirements of the degree you are interested in.

Research degrees

An applicant to the degree of Masters (Honours) must either hold:

  • A Bachelor degree, or
  • An overseas degree from a recognised university or tertiary institution that is equivalent to an Bachelor degree, or
  • Qualifications that are recognised as equivalent to those listed above.
An applicant for a PhD program must either hold:
  • A Masters degree by research, or
  • A Bachelor (Hons) degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division 1 honours, or
  • A demonstrated capacity for research in a discipline deemed to be acceptable to the university.

Please note:

All Research degree students must submit a Research Proposal with their Application for Admission.

This proposal will be assessed by senior academic staff for relevance to research programs, availability of appropriate supervisors, and the ability of the applicant to carry out high-level research. It may take several weeks before students receive approval. For more details, visit the Graduate Research School site.(opens in a new window)

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 2 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.

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

For a full list of the English language equivalences, refer to the approved English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB).(opens in a new window)

Program/ Discipline IELTS (Academic version) TOEFL internet-based score Other
All undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses (except the below) 6.5 overall score,
minimum 6.0 in each subtest
Total score 82
Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13         

For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)

Postgraduate degrees in Interpreting, Translation and TESOL 7.0 overall score,
minimum 6.0 in each subtest
Total score 94
Writing 24, Speaking 18, Listening 18, Reading 18

For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements 2014 (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)

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 

For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)
Bachelor of Medicine/
Bachelor of Surgery
7.0 overall score,
minimum 7.0 in each subtest
Total score 100
Writing 27 and
Subtests 22                                     
For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)
The College diplomas 6.0 overall score,
minimum 5.5 in each subtest
Total score 70
Writing 20; Speaking 16;
Listening and Reading 11
For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)
The College University Foundation Studies 5.5 overall score,
minimum 5.0 in writing 
Total 59 score
Writing 18
For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)
The College University Foundation Studies
(Health Science and Nursing)
6.0 overall score, minimum 5.0 in writing Total 80 score
Writing 21

For a full list, refer to the English language entry requirements (PDF, 74.78 KB) (opens in a new window)

Did you meet the entry requirements?

If you do not meet the entry requirements at Western Sydney University, you can prepare yourself for university entry at The College.(opens in a new window)