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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 at all EAP levels taught by experienced TESOL-qualified English language teachers on our USC, Sippy Downs and SouthBank campuses.

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

English Language Program frequently asked questions (FAQs).

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1 (intermediate)

(CRICOS course code: 059941A)

USC's academic English intermediate programs are excellent preparation for further studies.

Our intermediate programs offer:

  • skills to participate in seminars and lectures
  • essay writing
  • assessment includes assignments, reading and listening tests and an oral presentation
  • use of University facilities and resources
  • IELTS exam preparation
  • a certificate on course completion (if satisfactorily attended)

Successful completion will allow you to progress to upper intermediate English, and some TAFE and diploma level programs.

The intermediate level programs are 10-week, full-time (25 hours per week) courses (250 hours in total), that articulate into USC's upper intermediate programs.

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2 - upper intermediate

 (CRICOS course code: 059941A)

USC's academic English upper intermediate programs are excellent preparation for USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) or other USC degree programs.

Our upper intermediate programs offer:

  • academic skills and study strategies
  • university style assessment items
  • assignments, reading and listening tests and an oral presentation
  • use of USC facilities and resources
  • opportunities to experience a variety of lectures at USC
  • IELTS Exam preparation
  • a certificate on course completion (if satisfactorily attended)

Successful completion will satisfy the minimum English language requirement for entry into USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway, Study Abroad program, most undergraduate award programs, and some postgraduate programs. Refer to our English language requirements for further information.

The upper intermediate programs are 10-week, full-time (25 hours per week) courses (250 hours in total).

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

(CRICOS course code: 059941A)

USC’s 10-week advanced English program is excellent preparation for USC postgraduate programs or professional work placements.

Successful completion will satisfy the minimum English language requirement for entry into most undergraduate and postgraduate programs and some programs which have higher English language requirements than standard programs (Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) and the Master of Social Work (Qualifying)). Refer to our English language requirements for further information.

This advanced program offers:

  • academic skills consolidation

  • university style assessment items

  • use of USC facilities and resources

  • opportunities to experience real-life lectures at USC

  • seminars and tutorials for speaking practice and oral presentations

  • IELTS Exam preparation and strategies for success

  • consideration of individual study pathways

  • blended and collaborative learning opportunities

  • a certificate on course completion

The advanced program is 10-weeks, full-time (25 hours per week) courses (250 hours in total).

Sample timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.40–10.40am Integrated skills Integrated skills Integrated skills Lecture on campus Integrated skills
10.40–11am Break Break Break Break Break
11am–12noon Grammar Listening Academic reading Grammar Academic writing
12noon–1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1–3pm Questionnaire design Academic reading Self access Computer training Speaking: presentation skills

2016

Program 2016 dates * Number of weeks
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1 8 February - 15 April
25 July - 30 September
5 September  - 11 November
10 (250 hours)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2

8 February - 15 April
25 April - 1 July
5 September - 11 November
10 October - 16 December
21 November - 10 February 2017 (23 December 2016 - 6 January 2017 holiday break)

10 (250 hours)
English for Academic Purposes  (EAP) 3

25 April – 1 July
21 November – 10 February 2017 (23 December 2016 - 6 January 2017 holiday break)

10 (250 hours)

* excluding Public holidays

  • 2016 Public holidays

2017

Program 2017 dates * Number of weeks
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1                                       

20 February–28 April 2017
19 June–25 August 2017
28 August–3 November 2017

10 (250 hours)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2

20 February–28 April 2017
8 May–14 July 2017
28 August–3 November 2017
16 October–22 December 2017
13 November 2017–2 February 2018

(Holiday break: 23 December 2017–7 January 2018)

10 (250 hours)
English for Academic Purposes  (EAP) 3

8 May–14 July 2017
13 November 2017–2 February 2018

(Holiday break: 23 December 2017–7 January 2018)

10 (250 hours)

excluding Public holidays

  • 2017 Public holidays

2016

Program 2016 dates * Number of weeks

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2

14 November 2016 - 3 February 2017 (23 December 2016 - 6 January 2017 holiday break)


10 (250 hours)

* excluding Public holidays

  • 2016 Public holidays

2017

Program 2017 dates * Number of weeks
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 1

20 February–28 April 2017

10 (250 hours)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2

8 May–14 July 2017

10 (250 hours)

excluding Public holidays

  • 2017 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 below to submit an application or one of our overseas representatives can assist you.

Depending on the program you apply for, a pre-departure test may be required.

Prior to applying, make sure you have:

Step 1—Complete an application form

Complete the English Language Program application form.

Step 2—Submit completed application form

Submit your completed application form and supporting documentation to USC International.

There is no application deadline for English Language Programs.

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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