Postgraduate English Language Requirements Policy

 1.0 Introduction 

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to establish the standard of English language proficiency required by all students to successfully complete a Governance Institute of Australia postgraduate course of study.

2.0 Proof of proficiency 

2.1 Students satisfy Governance Institute’s English language requirements and do not have to provide further evidence of English language proficiency if they have studied a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in English from one of the following countries:

American Samoa

Grenada

Samoa

Antigua and Barbuda

Guyana

Seychelles

Australia

Ireland

Sierra Leone

Bahamas

Jamaica

Singapore

Barbados

Kenya

Solomon Islands

Belize

Kiribati

South Africa

Bermuda

Lesotho

St Kitts and Nevis

Botswana

Liberia

St Lucia

Canada

Malawi

Tanzania

Cameroon

Maldives

Tonga

Cook Islands

Mauritius

Trinidad And Tobago

Dominica

Namibia

Uganda

Falkland Islands

Nauru

United Kingdom

Fiji

New Zealand

United States of America

Gambia

Nigeria

Vanuatu

Ghana

Papua New Guinea

Zambia

Gibraltar

Philippines

Zimbabwe


2.2 Students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification from a country not listed above but have completed the degree in English, will need to provide evidence from the institution that the language of instruction for the degree was English.

2.3 Students whose previous studies were completed in a language other than English must demonstrate competency in English in one of two ways:

  • An English language test from an accredited testing organisation (completed within the last two years). Students should be proficient in written and spoken English, with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.
  • Provide evidence of having lived and worked in a country from the above list for the five years prior to enrolment with Governance Institute.

2.4 Failure to demonstrate competency may result in the student being required to delay study until the student satisfies the Governance Institute’s English Language Proficiency requirement.         

3.0 Accredited testing organisations and minimum required standard

3.1       IELTS – International English Language Testing System
            Qualification: Academic IELTS
            Minimum requirement: overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5
            Web – www.ielts.org

3.2       Cambridge English Language Testing
            Qualification: Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
            Minimum requirement: B pass
            Web – www.cambridgeenglish.org

3.3       TOEFL

            Qualification: TOEFL iBT (internet based test)
            Minimum requirement: overall score of 94 with no band less than 21
            Web – www.ets.org/toefl

Please note – there are other providers, this list is not exhaustive

4.0 Support offered to students

4.1 Students identified as not meeting the IELTS standard of 7.0 and have not been accepted into a Governance Institute postgraduate course can be referred to an accredited provider of English language teaching.

4.2 Students accepted into a Governance Institute postgraduate course who are identified by their Course Director or assessment marker as not meeting the English Language Proficiency standards will be referred to the accredited providers of English language teaching.

Version Approved by Date
2.0  National Director, Education & Training 19 January 2017
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