Entry into the first year of a higher education course at Chisholm requires you to:

  • have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or equivalent overseas qualification
  • potentially attend a pre-admission interview
  • meet the course admissions requirements.

For prospective students who don’t meet the requirements for first year entry into our bachelor degrees, our international course advisors can provide information on alternate pathways and available options to access higher education at Chisholm.

English language requirements

Entry into a first year bachelor program at Chisholm requires a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result of 6.0 (Academic) overall with no individual band less than 5.5.

Entry into certificate and Diploma courses requires a minimum overall score of 5.5 IELTS. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all taken into account. Full English entry requirements (including minimum scores for other recognised English language testing systems) is on each course page.

You should complete a Chisholm English placement test in your home country and again on arrival to Australia to determine your level of English.

  • Recognised English language testing systems are:
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • TOEFL – computer based (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English academic)
  • OET (Occupational English Test).

The Australian Government accepts these tests for student visa applications from all countries. Please note that an English language test score may be mandatory for your visa application.

Contact international.admissions@chisholm.edu.au for evidence of the English standard required or call +61 3 9212 5040.

You must have taken the English language test in the two years before you apply for a student visa.

The table below provides IELTS equivalent scores for PTE, CAE and OTE accepted by Chisholm:

 IELTS (academic) 5.5  6.5  7
PTE (academic) 42  50  58  65
Cambridge Advanced CAE 47  52  58  67
Occupational English Test OET Pass  Pass  Pass  Pass

International students who don’t meet the English language requirements of their course can complete an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program before commencing the course. Visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au for information about the English requirements.

The Chisholm International English Language Centre provides English language courses to improve your English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our carefully planned classes ensure that you quickly develop the skills and confidence you need for better general English communication, professional communication and further study at vocational or university levels.

Note: Admissions criteria for Chisholm and La Trobe University courses are regularly reviewed and updated, so this information is subject to change.

Chisholm and La Trobe University reserve the right to increase degree fees by not more than 7 per cent per year. Tuition and other fees are correct at time of printing but may change.

All fees and payments are in Australian dollars. Tuition and other fees may change.

The course materials fee is an annual charge.

We recommend that you find out about your rights and responsibilities before and during study in Australia. Visit Study Australia's ESOS Act page.