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English language programs

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

USC offers programs taught by experienced TESOL-qualified English language teachers on our USC Sunshine Coast campus.

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 F - Pre Intermediate

CRICOS course code: 059941A

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

Our pre intermediate programs offer:

  • skills for writing paragraphs and short essays
  • skills for short oral presentations
  • assessment including a basic research report, listening and reading tests
  • 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 intermediate English language programs (EAP 1).

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

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1 - Intermediate

CRICOS course code: 059941A

USC's academic English intermediate programs are excellent preparation for further English language 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 language programs (EAP 2).

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

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2 - Upper intermediate

CRICOS course code: 059941A

USC's academic English upper intermediate programs are excellent preparation for most 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 at the required level will allow you to progress to advanced English language programs (EAP 3) and will satisfy the minimum English language requirement for entry into most undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and some programs which have non standard English language requirements. 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 - Advanced

CRICOS course code: 059941A

USC’s academic English advanced programs are excellent preparation for postgraduate programs or professional work placements.

Our advanced programs offer:

  • 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 (if satisfactorily attended)

Successful completion at the required level will satisfy the minimum English language requirement for entry into most undergraduate, postgraduate programs and some programs which have higher English language requirements than standard programs. Refer to our English language requirements for further information or contact study@usc.edu.au

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

Sample timetable

This timetable is indicative of a weekly USC EAP class schedule where the program is being offered in hybrid mode (face to face and online).

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11am-1pm Integrated skills Integrated skills Integrated skills Lecture Integrated skills
1pm-2pm Break Break Break Break Break
2pm-4pm

Grammar

Questionnaire design

Listening

Academic reading

Academic reading

Group discussion

Grammar

Computer training

Academic writing

Speaking: Presentation skills

One hour every day at a time convenient to you Self-directed study (with materials prepared by your teacher) Self-directed study Self-directed study Self-directed study Self-directed study

Each English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program runs for a total number of 10 weeks (25 hours per week, 250 hours total).

All programs are offered in hybrid mode which means they will run via face to face and online learning. Students who are studying in Australia on a Student visa must attend face to face.

EAP in 2021

Program

2021 dates *

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

  • 23 August-29 October 2021

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 23 August-29 October 2021
  • 8 November 2021-28 January 2022 (Holiday break: 20 December 2021-2 January 2022)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 8 November 2021-28 January 2022 (Holiday break: 20 December 2021-2 January 2022)

* excluding public holidays

EAP in 2022 (tentative dates)

Program

2022 dates *

English for Academic Purposes EAP F

  • 6 June-12 August 2022

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

  • 7 February-15 April 2022
  • 22 August-28 October 2022

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 7 February-15 April 2022
  • 25 April-1 July 2022
  • 22 August-28 October 2022
  • 7 November 2022-27 January 2023 (Holiday break: 26 December 2022-6 January 2023)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 25 April-1 July 2022
  • 7 November 2021-27 January 2022 (Holiday break: 26 December 2022-6 January 2023)

* excluding public holidays

Public holidays

Please note: All dates are correct at the time of publishing. Where a public holiday falls on a Monday, English Language Program classes will commence on Tuesday.

2021 Queensland Public holiday Day Date
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2021
Australia Day Tuesday 26 January 2021
Good Friday Friday 2 April 2021
Easter Monday Monday 5 April 2021
Anzac Day Monday 26 April 2021
Labour Day Monday 3 May 2021
Sunshine Coast Show (Sunshine Coast only) Friday 11 June 2021
Queen's birthday Monday 4 October 2021
Christmas Day Monday 27 December 2021
Boxing Day Tuesday 28 December 2021
2022 Queensland Public holiday Day Date
New Year's Day Monday 3 January 2022
Australia Day Wednesday 26 January 2022
Good Friday Friday 15 April 2022
Easter Monday Monday 18 April 2022
Anzac Day Monday 25 April 2022
Labour Day Monday 2 May 2022
Sunshine Coast Show (Sunshine Coast only) Friday 10 June 2022 (TBC)
Queen's birthday Monday 3 October 2022
Christmas Day Monday 26 December 2022
Boxing Day Tuesday 28 December 2022
English Language Programs Entry requirements
English for Academic Purposes EAP F One of the following (or equivalent as approved by USC International on a case-by-case basis):
  • Overall Academic IELTS score of 4.5 (with minimum of 4.5 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 485 TWE 3, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 55 (with minimum score of 13 for writing), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 36 (with no communicative score less than 36)
English for Academic Purposes EAP 1 One of the following (or equivalent as approved by USC International on a case-by-case basis):
  • Successful completion of EAP F, or
  • Overall Academic IELTS score of 5.0 (with minimum of 5.0 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 500 TWE 3, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 60 (with minimum score of 15 for writing), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 36 (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 minimum of 5.0 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 525 TWE 3, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 70 (with minimum score of 15 for writing), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 42 (with no communicative score less than 36)

*Where EAP2 is used to progress into EAP3, different entry requirements will apply.

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

EAP 3 used to prepare for a formal English language test to meet Nursing or Social Work program requirements

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 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 575 TWE 4.5, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 85 (with minimum score of 22 for writing), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 61 (with no communicative score less than 61)

EAP 3 used to meet standard English language requirements

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 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6 in each subtest), or
  • Paper based TOEFL 575 TWE 4, or
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 85 (with minimum score of 21 for writing), or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no communicative score less than 50)

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

2021 and 2022 Tuition fees

In 2021 and 2022, all EAP students will receive USC's 15% International Student Outlook (ISO) Scholarship.

English Language Programs

2021 & 2022 tuition fees

2021 & 2022 tuition fees less ISO Scholarship

English for Academic Purposes EAP F

A$4800 (10 week block)

A$4080 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

A$4800 (10 week block)

A$4080 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

A$4800 (10 week block)

A$4080 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

A$4800 (10 week block)

A$4080 (10 week block)

For programs commencing in 2021 and 2022, USC will waive the application fee of A$260.

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 should also review estimated living costs.

Notes
  1. Tuition fees are reviewed each calendar year. The fee you must pay for a given teaching block is that which has been approved by USC for the calendar year in which the teaching block commences.
  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

Applying to USC is easy! Simply follow the steps at How to 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
  • For programs commencing in 2021 and 2022, USC will waive the application fee of A$260

Prior to applying, make sure you have:

EAP Scholarships

Onshore international students commencing in the EAP program in 2021 will receive the following scholarships:

  • 15% off your entire EAP program*, AND
  • An additional A$1000 off your first 10-week EAP block, AND
  • 15% off your entire USC program (eg Bachelor or Master)*, AND
  • An additional A$1000 off your first semester/session in a USC program

Offshore international students commencing in the EAP program in 2021 will receive the following scholarships:

  • 15% off your entire EAP program*, AND
  • An additional A$1000 off your first 10-week EAP block, AND
  • a 50% tuition fee reduction for your USC program (eg Bachelor or Master) until the end of 2022, provided you remain outside Australia^, AND THEN
  • 15% off for the remainder of your USC program (eg Bachelor or Master)*

In 2021, all EAP classes will be offered via face to face and online learning.

For more information contact your USC representative or the International Office.

* This is the 15% International Student Outlook (ISO) Scholarship.

^ This is the 50% Start Online & Save (SOS) Scholarship.

Jessica is from China, and is studying in the Academic English program at USC.
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Jessica is from China, and is studying in the Academic English program at USC.