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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 and USC 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 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 (e.g. Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)). Refer to our English language requirements for further information or contact study@usc.edu.au

The advanced 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.

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

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

2019 USC Sunshine Coast

Program

2019 dates *

Number of weeks

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 25 November 2019–14 February 2020

(Holiday break: 23 December 2019–3 January 2020)

10 (250 hours)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 25 November 2019–14 February 2020

(Holiday break: 23 December 2019–3 January 2020)

10 (250 hours)

* excluding public holidays

2019 USC SouthBank

Program

2019 dates *

Number of weeks

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 18 November 2019–7 February 2020*

(Holiday break: 23 December 2019–3 January 2020)

10 (250 hours)

 English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 18 November 2019–7 February 2020*

(Holiday break: 23 December 2019–3 January 2020)

 10 (250 hours)

* excluding public holidays

2020 USC Sunshine Coast

Program

2020 dates *

Number of weeks

English for Academic Purposes EAP F

  • 8 June-14 August 2020

10 (250 hours)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

  • 3 February-10 April 2020
  • 24 August-30 October 2020

10 (250 hours)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 3 February-10 April 2020
  • 20 April-26 June 2020
  • 24 August-30 October 2020
  • 9 November 2020-29 January 2021

(Holiday break: 21 December 2020–3 January 2021)

10 (250 hours)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 20 April-26 June 2020
  • 9 November 2020-29 January 2021

(Holiday break: 21 December 2020–3 January 2021)

10 (250 hours)

* excluding public holidays

2020 USC SouthBank

Program

2020 dates *

Number of weeks

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

  • 20 April-26 June 2020
  • 9 November 2020-29 January 2021

(Holiday break: 21 December 2020–3 January 2021)

10 (250 hours)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

  • 20 April-26 June 2020
  • 9 November 2020-29 January 2021

(Holiday break: 21 December 2020–3 January 2021)

10 (250 hours)

* 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.

2019

Queensland public holiday Day Date
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December 2019
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December 2019

2020

Queensland Public holiday Day Date
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January 2020
Australia Day Monday 27 January 2020
Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020
Easter Monday Monday 13 April 2020
Labour Day Monday 4 May 2020
Sunshine Coast Show (Sunshine Coast only) Friday 31 May 2020
Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane only) Wednesday 12 August 2020
Queen's birthday Monday 5 October 2020
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2020
Boxing Day Monday 28 December 2020
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

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)

Where EAP 3 is used for entry into Semester 2, 2020 onwards:

  • 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)

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

2019 Tuition fees

English Language Programs

2019 tuition fees

English for Academic Purposes EAP F

A$4400 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

A$4400 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

A$4400 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

A$4400 (10 week block)

An additional application fee (A$250 for programs commencing in 2019) 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.

2020 Tuition fees

English Language Programs

2020 tuition fees

English for Academic Purposes EAP F

A$4700 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 1

A$4700 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 2

A$4700 (10 week block)

English for Academic Purposes EAP 3

A$4700 (10 week block)

An additional application fee (A$250 for programs commencing in 2020) 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 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

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:

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