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Study in australia with a 5.5 band in IELTS
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23 Jan 2019 58.5K Book icon 3 mins Share

Can I study in Australia with a 5.5 band in IELTS?

Scored 5.5 in IELTS, and you thought you couldn’t study in Australia? What if we tell you - you most definitely can!

23 Jan 2019 58.5K Book icon 3 mins Share
Study in australia with a 5.5 band in IELTS

IELTS is among the most popular English proficiency tests in the world for higher education having been taken 3 million times the past year.

We, IDP IELTS, are a proud co-owner of IELTS and know the importance IELTS plays in proving your English language skills for non-native speakers.

In general- to study in Australia, you need to score a minimum 6.5 overall in IELTS, with no band less than 6.0 for your postgraduate options. And when you apply for your undergraduate options, you need to score a minimum 6.0 overall in IELTS.

But did you know some universities in Australia accept applications from students who have secured a band of 5.5 in any of the sections of IELTS – either speaking, listening, reading or writing?

So if you’ve scored a 5.5, say in the reading or speaking section in your last IELTS exam and  thought you couldn’t study in Australia – boy, were you wrong!

We are here to take you through some of the Australian universities that accept Indian students with IELTS band 5.5. The below list is based on recent trending courses that are most popular amongst  our Indian students.

Accounting

Southern Cross University

To apply for Bachelor of Accounting at Southern Cross University, students should have an overall IELTS band of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5. This course includes major areas of study like taxation, law, marketing and communication.

Trinity College – the University of Melbourne

Students looking for foundation programmes at Trinity College can choose from electives like accounting, chemistry, physics and design. The programme is open to students having IELTS band 5.5 as well as for students with 6.0 IELTS band.

Academies Australasia

Students can apply for Advanced Diploma of Accounting at Academies Australasia. An overall IELTS score of 5.5 is expected from students applying for the programme.

CQUniversity Australia

Students can apply for a Bachelor of Accounting at CQUniversity Australia with an overall IELTS band of 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5.

Business and Management

RMIT

The foundation programme in Business at RMIT accepts applications from students who have scored 5.5 overall in IELTS. This programme aims at helping students progress to the degree programmes at RMIT.

Trinity College – the University of Melbourne

Foundation studies at the Trinity College is meant to give students an opportunity to move to university-level education. Students with overall IELTS score of 5.5 can apply to such institutes.

Southern Cross University

  • Bachelor of Business major in Aviation Management is for students who want to learn contemporary business tactics. It requires students to secure an IELTS band of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5.
  • Bachelor of Business degree is for students who want to be known as specialist business professionals. It holds promising job opportunities for students who want to explore diverse avenues in business. Students with an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 can apply for this course.
  • The Associate Degree of Business at Southern Cross University is a pathways programme to its undergraduate degrees in business, accounting and tourism. This degree calls for applicants who have secured an IELTS band of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.

Computer Science and Information Technology

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Undergraduate courses in Game Design and Production and Game Art and Animation and Game Programming are available at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. These courses require students to have an overall IELTS score of 5.5, with a minimum 5.0 band in writing section and 6.0 in listening section.  

TAFE Western Australia

The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media is open for creative-minded people looking for an undergraduate degree in game development. This course requires students to score 5.5 in IELTS with no band less than 5.0.

IIBIT

Students can apply for a Bachelor of Information Technology at IIBT with an overall band score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. Some of the modules covered in the degree are Communications & Technology; Big Data & Analytics; Cloud & Enterprise Computing; and Mobile Development Fundamentals.

Hotel Management and Tourism

Southern Cross University

  • Students keen on making a career in hotel management industries can choose to study the undergraduate degree at Southern Cross University – Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management. This course accepts application from students who have scored 6.0 in IELTS, with no band less than 5.5. Also, this course is delivered at The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne. Students taking up this course can learn the operational and management practices followed across hotel industries in various countries. It equips them with adequate practical skills to help them achieve good employment.
  • The Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University is meant for students who want to gain hands-on learning experiences. This course requires students to score overall 6.0 in IELTS, with no band less than 5.5.

MBA

Charles Sturt University- Melbourne Study Centre

To apply for an MBA  at Charles Sturt University’s Study Centres, you need to have scored a  minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no band less than 5.5 across all other areas. Some of the core subjects covered include Contemporary Management; Marketing Management; and Accounting and Financial Management.

So there you have it- with a 5.5 band in IELTS, it’s indeed possible to study in Australia, for specific programmes.

Speak to our counsellors-they will walk you through every step, and suggest the best universities that match not only your IELTS scores, but also your academic profile.

Please remember that not every institute asks for IELTS scores for admissions. Exams like TOEFL, CAE and PTE could be alternatives to IELTS when taking admissions at certain Australian institutes.

Let us know if this article helps!

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