New Study Abroad program English language entry

Griffith University will now accept Study Abroad program applicants who have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score less than 5.5. This new English language entry requirement is effective immediately and applies to all other English language tests accepted by the University, including TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and ISLPR.

Changes to English entry requirements

We are excited to announce some significant changes to English language entry requirements at Griffith University. These changes have been implemented in consideration of the Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy (GELES), a multi-award winning English support program that ensures Griffith students are best placed to succeed in their studies.

Standard English entry requirements sub-score

Griffith University will now consider applicants who have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 (minimum) but one sub-score of 5.5 (other than Writing). These changes are effective immediately and also apply to all other English language tests accepted by the University, including TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and ISLPR.

Degree English entry requirements
6.5 (sub-score 6.0) 79 (sub-score 19) 58 (no score less than 50) 3+ in all scores
Minimum acceptance level
(One lower sub-score, other than Writing)
6.5 (with any one sub-score of 5.5, except Writing) 79 (with any one sub-score of 17, except Writing) 58 (with any one score of 42, except Writing) 3+ (with an one score of 3, except Writing)

Entry based on the criteria above will not be guaranteed, as applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These changes do not apply to degree programs with an English language entry requirement of IELTS 7.0 or higher, or equivalent.

New PTE Academic test scores

Following a review of the Pearson Test of English (Academic) correlation with IELTS, Griffith has revised our PTE Academic English entry requirements. The new requirements are:

PTE Academic score IELTS overall
score equivalent
50 (no score less
than 42)
58 (no score less
than 50)
65 (no score less
than 58)

These changes will be reflected in all degree entry requirements on the study website.


Changes to GELI Direct Entry Program

We are pleased to announce a significant revision to the Direct Entry Program to transition students from Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) to Griffith University degrees and Griffith College diplomas.

Streamlined Direct Entry Program

We have extended the Direct Entry Program into a pathway to cater to students at all levels of English language proficiency. This means that all students with an offer for a Griffith University degree or Griffith College diploma who apply to study English at GELI, regardless of their English level, will receive an offer for the Direct Entry Program. 

The number of weeks a student will need to study in the Direct Entry Program will depend on their current level of English and the English entry score required for entry into their degree or diploma.

When a student has successfully completed the Direct Entry Program at the equivalent English level required for entry to their degree or diploma, they can enter the degree or diploma directly without needing to submit a proficiency test result. These changes are effective for students commencing 26 June 2017 onwards.

GELI Pathways diagram GU


Revised entry requirements and other changes

Under the new Direct Entry Program:

  • Proficiency test results will be accepted for tests taken up to 2 years prior to the Direct Entry Program commencement date.
  • Students with the equivalent of IELTS overall 4.5 with no sub-score below 4.0, and higher, will not need to sit a placement test on arrival and will be placed in a Direct Entry Program class at the appropriate level.  
  • Students who have achieved proficiency of IELTS 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 now have the opportunity to progress to a degree requiring IELTS 6.5 in 10 weeks.
  • Progression through the Direct Entry Program will be via internal assessment.
  • The competitive but realistic course length described in the DEP diagram above will provide a clear indication of the time it should take a student to achieve degree or diploma entry, subject to the student’s regular attendance and continued effort.  

What about students studying English for work, travel or personal reasons?

GELI continues to offer classes for students wishing to improve their English language skills for work, travel or personal reasons. These students will have the advantage of studying alongside Direct Entry Program students developing their English language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and can participate in free after-class workshops as well as the GELI Activities Program. 

Award-winning strategy

These changes continue to be supported by our multi-award winning Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy (GELES), which has been developed to ensure every international student’s experience at Griffith University is as successful as possible. Through the GELES strategy, Griffith provides English language assistance to students from before the degree right up until graduation. GELES initiatives include EnglishHELP, embedded English language support for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, free academic skills workshops, and English4Grads.

English + Study Abroad examples

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