Studying English in Australia is about much more than reciting words in a classroom.

By studying English in Australia, you will gain a huge range of life skills you cannot get at home. Invaluable skills like problem-solving, leading diverse teams of people, and applying your English to real-world situations – abilities you will draw on for the rest of your life. With a multicultural mix of students in our educational facilities, you will learn the world’s language in a truly international environment.

Overseas students coming to study English in Australia will find themselves immersed in English language and culture. Australia is proud of the reputation and quality of its English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

Courses and qualifications

Institutions offer a wide range of courses suited to all learning needs, which can range in length from four weeks to 48 weeks. Courses include:

General English

English for academic purposes

English for secondary school preparation

English for special purposes (English for Business, for example)

IELTS and TOEFL test preparation

Cambridge test preparation

Study tour programs, which include other extracurricular activities.

Average tuition costs

English language training ranges  from around AUD $180 to 450 per week.

Please note that ELICOS costs vary significantly depending on the course duration and institution, so it is important to check with the relevant provider.

Entry requirements

Students coming to Australia on a student visa to study ELICOS are required to study full time. Entry requirements vary according to the level of English language course you want to study, with some catering for beginners and some requiring more advanced English language skills. You should check entry requirements with your chosen institution.

Tourists and visitors to Australia can also participate in ELICOS study during their stay. Courses combining study and tourist activities have been designed specifically for student visitors.