Changes to International applications

In response to COVID-19 and the disruptions to travel and study, we have made some changes to our admissions practices for international students applying for entry into Semester 2 2020.

This includes new ways you can satisfy your English language requirements and extensions to our application deadlines.


New language test options for Semester 2 2020

ANU will now accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for entry to coursework degrees. For candidates that don't meet the minimum requirement, this will be supplemented with an online interview (with InitialView).

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online with a computer and a camera, in about an hour.

The test costs US$49 and can be taken multiple times, but no more than twice in a 30-day period.

The test includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample.

Please note: The Duolingo English Test and InitialView interview are only available for Semester 2 2020 coursework applications.

Requirements for Duolingo

You need a minimum score of 115.

Results take up to 48 hours to process and must be sent to ANU via the Duolingo English Test

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you use the same email address for your Duolingo English Test account as you used to apply to ANU. This helps us identify you and ensure we can promptly process your results.

What if I don't meet the minimum requirements?

If you score below 115 on the Duolingo English Test, you can choose to re-take it (you may take it twice within a 30-day period). If your final score is 110, you may take part in an InitialView interview and writing exercise for further assessment by ANU.

Your test with InitialView will include an unscripted online interview and a writing sample which will be assessed by ANU. You need to nominate ANU to receive your interview.

The InitialView test costs USD$220 and can be taken once every 30 days.

See information on InitialView privacy.

How does this affect my student visa?

While the Duolingo English Test has been approved for entry to ANU it may not satisfy visa requirements for an Australian student visa.

You may be required to take an additional language test to qualify for a student visa.

Any questions related to student visas for study in Australia should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs nearer the time of your student visa application.


Change to application dates

In order to assist your with your application, we have adjusted the key dates below.

Round 3 applicants

The deadlines to apply to Semester 2, 2020 have been extended to allow for additional time to prepare your application.

  • Applications now close on 18 May 2020

  • Offers are released on 8 June 2020

  • Offers must be accepted by 10 July 2020


Round 2 offer holders

If you have already received an offer to study at ANU but are yet to satisfy English language or other requirements you now have 2 options:

  • Meet your requirements by 14 June 2020 to receive an offer on 19 June 2020

  • Meet your requirements by 21 June 2020 to receive an offer on 26 June 2020

You must accept your offer by 10 July 2020.


Travel restrictions

Due to travel restrictions for all passengers entering Australia we expect that all international students who are currently abroad will participate in Semester 2 2020 via remote learning.

Once it is safe to travel and restriction have been lifted you will join us on campus in Canberra to complete your studies.

Contact us

Please contact for questions about results and offers or you can speak to our Future Student Experience team.