Principles of English Language

Principles of English Language

Principles of English Language Statement


Macquarie University values linguistic diversity, and acknowledges the first and additional languages of students and staff as enriching our community.

Given that the standard language of instruction at Macquarie University is English, the University is committed to supporting the development of students’ English language proficiency as an integral part of their journey towards academic and professional success (see the University's Student Success Strategic Framework).  Students are also responsible for continuing to develop their English through active engagement in their studies and the wider community.

The minimum English entry requirement for degree courses is Academic IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or an equivalent recognised by the University.

The minimum English entry requirements for Macquarie University International College are:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) or equivalent for Diploma courses and the Intensive Program
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 (no sub-score below 5.0) or equivalent for the Standard Foundation Program

Courses that have higher English entry requirements approved by Academic Senate are listed in the Handbook.

Course authorities propose English language requirements for each course that they steward for approval by Academic Senate via the Academic Standards and Quality Committee. Exceptions to the language of instruction for special purposes may be approved by Academic Senate.

This statement was approved by Academic Senate at its meeting of 9 April 2019.

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