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As part of the application process, it is important that you meet the minimum academic and English language entry requirements. We know this can be daunting, so if you have any questions, please email the International team.  We look forward to helping you through the process of applying to study with us at CDU.

Academic entry requirements

  • Programs Entry requirements 
    Certificate level programs                               A qualification equivalent to Australian Year 10
    Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs   

    A qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12

     

  • The minimum academic entry requirements for admissions to undergraduate degree is the completion of a qualification deemed equivalent to Australian Year 12 by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score or prerequisite knowledge. The most common equivalencies accepted by CDU are listed here. 

    Country  Year 12 Equivalent
    Bangladesh

    Higher School Certificate (HSC) in First Division.
    B Accounting: Minimum grade of GPA 4.0 in business maths subjects
    B Engineering, Bachelor of Pharmacy, B Medical and Laboratory Science: Minimum grade of GPA 4.5 in maths, physics or chemistry for specific courses.

     

    Brunei

    GCE A levels*.

    Cambridge Pre U Diploma

    CDU recognises the Cambridge Pre U Diploma for direct admission to an undergraduate degree. The University will also accept a combination of Cambridge Pre U and GCE A levels subjects to satisfy direct entry requirements.

    Canada

    Ontario Year 13 Secondary School Diploma or British Columbia Year 12 Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma.

    China

    Successful completion of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) with GAOKAO score required for entry into Tier Two university in the relevant province.
    Or, successful completion of a recognised pre-tertiary or foundation program. 
    Or, successful completion of one-year study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution.

    Denmark

    Studentereksamen.

    Fiji

    NZ University Bursaries Exam/National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Equivalent of eligibility to enter a New Zealand university.

    Germany

    Abitur.

    Hong Kong

    HKDSE with minimum 15 Points from 5 best subjects from Category A and C.

    India

    Successful completion of the:
        •    All India Senior School Certificate;
        •    Indian School Certificate;
        •    Senior Secondary Certificate; and,
        •    State Board Examinations.
    With an average score of at least 60% in the best 4 academic subjects including English.

     

    Indonesia

    Entry to some courses with SMU minimum grade of 8; Successful completion of one year of a university degree or Diploma III (DIII) from a recognised institution.

    International Baccalaureate

    Completed IB diploma with minimum 24 points from 6 subjects at one sitting.

    Japan

    Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade average of 70% or successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

     

    Korea (Republic of), South

    Senior High School Diploma with a grade average of A or successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

    Malaysia

    Malaysian STPM; entry to some courses with Senior Middle MICSS UEC minimum two A and two B grades; Canadian OAC pre-university diploma.

    Norway

    Vitnemal.

    Pakistan

    Higher Secondary School Certificate Intermediate (Division 1) with an average of 60% in four academic subjects or successful completion of the first year of a degree at a recognised institution.

    Philippines

    Successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university.

    Singapore

    GCE A levels* Successful completion of Cambridge International or Edexcel GCE A Level examination with a score of 6 in 3 core subjects.

     

    Sri Lanka

    GCE A levels*.

    Taiwan

    Successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university; or two years study at a recognised junior college.

    Thailand

    Successful completion of Mathayom 6 with GPA 3.0 or better; or successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university.

     

    UK

    GCE A*.

    USA

    High School diploma with minimum B average grade/ GPA and SAT score minimum 1200 (prior to 2004) and 1700 since 2004.

    Vietnam

    Successful completion of Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (1975 onwards) with minimum average of 75% in 4 subjects or successful completion of one year of a bachelors degree at a recognised university.



     


    *A minimum aggregate score of 6, where the aggregate scores based on 3 A Level or combination of A and AS Level Subjects A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)

  • Coursework programs

     The minimum academic requirements for admission to a postgraduate or graduate entry degree is the completion of a bachelor's degree which is deemed equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree by the University's qualification assessment references.

    Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score, prerequisite knowledge or work experience.

  • Completing your Master by Research or PhD is an opportunity to specialise in your chosen field and contribute to delivering real and measurable impact in northern Australia and beyond.

    Course Eligibility

    Masters by Research (MRes)

        1.    a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class or second-class honours; or
        2.    a Masters by Coursework or Extended Masters which contains a substantial research component 

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

        1.    a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class honours or second-class honours division Accor
        2.    a Masters qualification that contains a substantial research component

     

English language entry requirements

English Language Tests & EAP Course 

We accept the following English tests for entry into VET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Some courses may require higher levels of English or only accept specific English language tests.

All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified. 

Regardless of CDU's requirements and acceptance of certain equivalents, all applicants must still satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for student visa applications (if applicable). 

  • Test/Course VET requirement

    IELTS Academic Module

    A minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.

    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

    A minimum overall score of 165, except for:
        •    Cert III. In Hospitality (Commercial Cookery): A minimum overall score of 170
        •    Cert. III in Retail Baking: A minimum overall score of 170

    Navitas Academic English

    An overall pass and 60% in Academic English 2.

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module

    A minimum overall score of 42 with no less than 36 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

    TOEFL Internet based Test (iBT)

    A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 21.

     

  • Test/Course Undergraduate requirement

    IELTS Academic Module

    A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0, except for:
    B.Nursing, B. Midwifery, and B. Social Work which require a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5.

    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

    A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169, except for:
    B.Nursing, B. Midwifery, B.Social Work: A minimum overall score of 176 with no skill below 176.

    Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency

    A minimum overall grade of B2.

    Navitas Academic English

    A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3, except for:
    B.Nursing, B.Midwifery, B.Pharmacy and B. Social Work which require a minimum overall score pass of 65% in Academic English 3.

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module

    A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, except for:
    B.Nursing, B. Midwifery, and B. Social Work which require a minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 58 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

    TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)

    A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21, except for: 
        •    B.Nursing and B.Midwifery which require a minimum overall score of 80 with no score less than 22 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening.
        •    B. Social Work which requires a minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 22.

     

  • Test/Course Postgraduate requirement 

    IELTS Academic Module

    A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.

    Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

    A minimum overall score of 176 with no skill below 169.

    Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency

    A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Navitas Academic English

    A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay; Research courses require a minimum overall pass of 65% in Academic English 3 and a 75% pass in the research essay.

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module

    A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.

    TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)

    A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

     

Recognised English Speaking Countries

  •  

    Standard List

     

    Extended List: (Requires written confirmation that the medium language of instruction was English

    •    Antigua and Barbuda
    •    Australia
    •    Barbados
    •    British Virgin Islands 
    •    Canada 
    •    New Zealand 
    •    UK Scotland 
    •    UK England 
    •    UK Northern Ireland
    •    UK Wales
    •    United States of America
    •    South Africa

    •    Bermuda
    •    Botswana
    •    Cayman Islands 
    •    Fiji 
    •    Kenya 
    •    Malawi 
    •    Malta 
    •    Mauritius 
    •    Papua New Guinea 
    •    Philippines 
    •    Puerto Rico 
    •    Seychelles 
    •    St Vincent and the Grenadines 
    •    Tanzania
    •    Tonga
    •    Trinidad and Tobago 
    •    Vanuatu 
    •    Zimbabwe

     

     

  • Country Requirement(s)
    Canada

    A score of 60% in English in the final year of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Canadian Pre-University program, valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU

    Denmark

    A grade of 9 or better in Senior High School English, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Finland

    A grade of 8 or better in English or English language within the Upper Secondary School Certificate, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Germany

    A grade of 4 or better in English in Senior High School exam (Arbitur) valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Hong Kong

    Level 4 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language Examination.

    Malaysia

    A grade of C6 or better in the General Paper in the GCE 'O' Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris (English language) subject from the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM); Note: There are two grades for 1119 Bahasa Inggeris; only the GCE-O Level grade is accepted. The GCE-O Level 1119 Bahasa Inggeris grade is stated on the SPM result slip, however, it is not available on the SPM final certificate.

    Netherlands

    A grade of 8 or above on completion of 6 years of English at High School , valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Norway

    A grade of 4 on the upper secondary school, valid for five years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Singapore

    A score of D or better in the General Paper in the Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) OR a grade of C or better in English Language in the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level). Both are valid for 2 years, from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

    Sweden

    A grade of VG or better in English in the Senior School Studies, valid for five years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.

     

     

  • If your previous study was undertaken in a language other than English, you may need to take an English language test to demonstrate you meet the English language requirements for your degree. If you have previously studied in English, you may be exempt. Your eligibility will be assessed as part of your application.

    Education undertaken  VET  (for International students only)  Undergraduate 
    Australian Secondary Schooling  Completion of a recognised Australian Year 10 or higher for admission to Cert IV or higher.  Completion of a recognised Australian Year 12 including English 4 SA or equivalent. 
    Education undertaken VET  (for International students only) and Undergraduate
    Overseas Senior Secondary Schooling 
    Completion of a recognised overseas secondary qualification from the list of English Speaking Countries (Table A) where the medium of instruction was English.  
    For B.Nursing, B.Midwifery & B.Social Work completion of a recognised overseas secondary qualification from the Standard English Language list. 

     

    Education undertaken Postgraduate Research
    Course/s at AQF Level 4 or higher  Successful completion of two years full-time equivalent at a recognised institution in a country from the list of English Speaking Countries (Table A) where the medium of instruction was English. 

Study pathways

Don't meet the entry requirements? Don't worry, at CDU there is a study pathway for everyone. CDU’s International pathways program is suitable for students at all levels of education and English proficiency. We provide clear pathways and easy transition between courses from vocational through to postgraduate study.

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