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Successful completion of USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs meets English language requirements to study for most undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.

USC offers NEAS accredited programs taught by experienced TESOL-qualified English language teachers on our USC, Sunshine Coast and SouthBank campuses.

For more information about the pathway that best suits your needs, visit English language requirements.

Do you have questions? Refer to our English Language Program frequently asked questions (FAQs).

USC offers three levels of English for Academic Purposes programs, from intermediate to advanced. Find out more information about the classes, entry pathways and program structure below.

  • English for Academic Purposes EAP 1 - intermediate
  • English for Academic Purposes EAP 2 - upper intermediate
  • English for Academic Purposes EAP 3 - advanced
  • Sample timetable

USC offers English for Academic Purposes programs at our USC Sunshine Coast and USC SouthBank campuses.

  • USC Sunshine Coast
  • USC SouthBank
  • Public holidays
English Language Programs Entry requirements
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1 One of the following (or equivalent as approved by USC International on a case-by-case basis):
  • Overall Academic IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 500 TWE 3, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 59 (writing score no lower than 17), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum 36 overall with no communicative score less than 36
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 One of the following (or equivalent as approved by USC International on a case-by-case basis):
  • Successful completion of EAP 1, or
  • Overall Academic IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 525 TWE 3.5, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 69 (writing score no lower than 18), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum 42 overall with no communicative score less than 42
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 3

One of the following (or equivalent as approved by USC International on a case-by-case basis):

  • Successful completion of EAP 2 or,

  • Overall Academic IELTS score of 6 (with a minimum score of 6 for writing and no other subs-score under 5.5), or

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 76 (writing score no lower than 21 and all other skills areas above 18)

All students are required to complete a comprehensive level test on arrival at USC, even if English test results have been supplied.

English Language Programs 2016 tuition fees 2017 tuition fees
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1 A$370 per week A$390
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 A$370 per week A$390
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 3 A$370 per week A$390

An additional application fee (A$170 for applications for programs commencing in 2016 and A$180 for programs commencing in 2017) applies to all English Language Program applications. The fee is payable once per application (extensions exempt).

A plain English summary of the University’s refund policy and procedures can be found at refund of fees for English Language Program students.

You may also like to review estimated living costs.

Notes
  1. Tuition fees are reviewed each calendar year. The fee you must pay for a given teaching period is that which has been approved by USC for the calendar year within which the teaching period falls.
  2. Any increase in tuition fees from one calendar year to the next will be no more than 7 percent.
  3. All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).
  4. Tuition fees quoted do not include visa application fees.
  5. Program details are subject to change.
  6. For semester dates refer to the academic calendars.
  7. Refer to the Student Fees and Charges - Governing Policy for information about administrative fees that may apply

Follow the steps listed at How do I apply?

  • If you would like assistance with the application process you may like to apply via a USC representative
  • Depending on the program you apply for, a pre-departure test may be required
  • There is no application deadline for English Language Programs.

Prior to applying, make sure you have:

Jessica Zheng

“When I first came to Australia, I was very shy and did not want to talk to anyone and now I talk to people. It’s also helped my reading, but most important is that it makes me feel comfortable speaking in English. I’m enjoying it because the teacher is nice and the classmates are very nice."

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