What are the Australia Awards Scholarships English Language Requirements?

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Australia Awards English Language requirements

What are the Australia Awards Scholarships English Language Requirements?

Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Sri Lanka? Start preparing for your opportunity to gain a world class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in January 2018 will open on 1 February 2017 and will close on 30 April 2017, so now is the time to start preparing for your application, including ensuring that you satisfy the necessary English language requirements.

Australia Awards Scholarships in Sri Lanka will be offered to undertake Masters study programs in the priority development sectors of Economic Development, Good Governance and Gender Equality.

If you intend to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you are encouraged to complete either an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE language examination well before your application is due.


To be eligible you must meet the following minimum standards in English language proficiency with results valid as at 1 January 2018:

  • IELTS (Academic): a minimum overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;
  • TOEFL: a minimum paper-based test score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests; or
  • PTE: an academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Note: Applicants working in Northern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, and applicants with a disability or those working in the disability area will be considered with an overall IELTS band score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent TOEFL or PTE score.

Further information

For information about Australia Awards Scholarships visit: www.australiaawards.gov.au

General and country specific information including fields of study for the priority development sectors and the eligibility criteria will

be available on www.australiaawardssrilanka.org before applications open.


Contact the Australia Awards Sri Lanka Country Office:

Tel: +94 11 5772980
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