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Minimum IELTS score to study in Australia universities in 2023

Over the years, Australia has become a top choice of study destination for students from all over the world – with world-class institutions, beautiful landmarks and vibrant culture.

It also offers tremendous travel opportunities across the outback and diverse cities.

In the period of January to November 2022, there were a total of 613,327 international studentsexternal icon pursuing their studies down under.

If you’re planning to further your education in Australia, you’ll be required to take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to prove your language proficiency in English.

To qualify, you must obtain the minimum IELTS band score for Australia.

Minimum IELTS scores for Australian universities

As an international student looking to study in Australia, you’ll have to score a minimum total of 5.5 in order to enrol in your university and course of choice.

Without further ado, here are the minimum IELTS requirements according to the top-ranked universities in Australia.

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in 2023

One of the world’s most established metrics, the Times Higher Education world rankingsexternal icon assess universities based on the following five key performance indicators: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

RankUniversityGlobal rankIELTS minimum requirement
(undergraduate programmes)
IELTS minimum requirement
(postgraduate programmes)
1University of Melbourne346.56.5
2Monash University446.57.0
3The University of Queensland536.56.5
4The University of Sydney546.56.5
5Australian National University626.56.5
6UNSW Sydney717.07.5
7University of Adelaide886.06.5
8The University of Western Australia1316.57.5
9University of Technology Sydney1336.56.5
10Macquarie University1756.56.5
11Curtin University201 – 2506.06.5
12University of Newcastle201 – 2506.57.0
13Queensland University of Technology201 – 2506.56.5
14Western Sydney University201 – 2506.56.5
15University of Wollongong201 – 2507.06.5
16Australian Catholic University251 – 3006.06.5
17Bond University251 – 3006.56.5
18University of Canberra251 – 3006.06.5
19Deakin University251 – 3007.07.0
20Griffith University251 – 3006.56.5

QS World University Rankings in 2023

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankingsexternal icon is also another global premier ranking system that rates universities by institution and subject through academic, student, employer and international indicators.

RankUniversityGlobal rankIELTS minimum requirement
(undergraduate programmes)
IELTS minimum requirement
(postgraduate programmes)
1Australian National University306.56.5
2The University of Melbourne336.56.5
3The University of Sydney416.56.5
4UNSW Sydney457.07.5
5The University of Queensland506.56.5
6Monash University576.57.0
7The University of Western Australia906.57.5
8University of Adelaide1096.06.5
9University of Technology Sydney1376.56.5
10University of Wollongong1857.06.5
11RMIT University1906.57.0
12University of Newcastle1926.57.0
13Curtin University1936.06.5
14Macquarie University1956.56.5
15Queensland University of Technology2226.56.5
16Deakin University2667.07.0
17University of Tasmania2936.57.0
18Swinburne University of Technology2966.06.5
19Griffith University3006.56.5
20La Trobe University3166.06.5

Successfully study in Australia with IDP

If you’re looking to further your studies down under, we’re happy to help!

At IDP, we’re equipped with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you make it to the Australian university of your dreams.

Our decades of experience have helped many students to have a seamless IELTS test process – from support and resources for test preparation to having 7 convenient test locations for you to choose from, here’s why you should take your IELTS test with usexternal icon.

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