English Language Programs (FAQs)

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English Language Programs (FAQs)


How many students are in each class?

Our class size average is 14-15 students.

When may I start my program?

Our Academic English programs have set start dates throughout the year. Check the English Language Program page for more details.

Will I have an orientation?

Yes, you will have an orientation on the first day that your program starts.

USC Sunshine Coast ELP students should arrive at the USC International office (Level 1, Building J) before 8.30am.

USC SouthBank ELP students should arrive at the USC SouthBank, Ernest Street premises before 8.30am.

Are text books provided free-of-charge?

Yes, text books are on loan to you for the duration of your program.

This means that you need to return your text book at the end of your program (in order to get a certificate of completion).

How many nationalities are there in the school?

We have a mix of students from around the world including France, India, Brazil, Japan, China, Nepal, South Korea and the Philippines * Nationalities may not be reflected in your actual class of enrolment.

Where can I live?

There are a variety of accommodation options close to USC Sunshine Coast and USC SouthBank to suit any budget and length of stay. Visit the Accommodation and housing page for campus specific accommodation options, including privately-owned student accommodation, homestay and rental options.

Can I use the internet and how much will it cost?

Yes, international students will be given a student network account which gives access to the internet and email facilities while at the USC campus.

The cost is included in the program fees.

Where can I buy my lunch?

The USC Sunshine Coast campus has a number of cafes, food outlets and a brasserie which sell a large selection of delicious food, snacks and drinks. The cafes are conveniently located near the classrooms.

The USC SouthBank campus is in close proximity to a wide choice of eateries, offering culturally diverse and inexpensive food.

Additionally, ELP students on both campuses have access to student common areas with microwaves.

Can I meet Australians easily?

Studying on campus is an ideal place to meet Australians who are visiting or studying at the University.

University campus life allows students to easily interact with local Australians.

Where can I study after my English program?

USC offers a range of degree programs to international students. Find out about USC's degree programs and courses.

USC also offers excellent foundation programs. USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program leads students into undergraduate level programs at USC.

How will I know my way around the University?

You will be given a tour of the campus on your first day when you will also have the opportunity to ask the guide any questions.

How much money will I need for living expenses?

In addition to your tuition and program expenses, you should make sure you have sufficient funds available to support yourself during your study.

It is estimated that an international student in Australia will spend about $380 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. This figure is only an estimate and will change depending on your location and personal lifestyle.

If you have any school age dependents accompanying you to Australia, you will be required to pay full fees for their schooling. You should allow at least A$8,000 per year for the cost of each child's schooling.

How do I submit a Complaint / Appeal?

If you have a complaint or appeal you can find the ELP Complaint and Appeal process in the ELP Student Handbook, your classroom noticeboard, the Self Access noticeboard and the glass-fronted noticeboard near the classrooms.

This ELP Complaint and Appeal form is a guide to help you understand what information you will need to include if you decide to make a formal complaint. You can get support from someone else if you choose at:  AdvocacyStudentGuild@usc.edu.au

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