English Language Requirements

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Australia Awards – Intake 2018

Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read the Scholarships Policy Handbook  and the Sri Lanka Country Profile
All details about the Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Sri Lanka-specific information are contained in the Country Profile

Australia Awards Sri Lanka organizes free information seminars every Thursday at 4:30 p.m in its office at 75 1/1, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08. Information seminars will also be in outstation districts and provinces. Please access relevant information here. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria as stated in this link and are interested to participate in any of the seminars, send in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115772980 to register.

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, Gender Equality and Good Governance.

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


Contact the Australia Awards Sri Lanka Country Office:

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