Welcome to the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle.

About us

WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR

Associate Professor Seamus Fagan

Welcome to the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFS) at the University of Newcastle. Bringing together a wide range of academic expertise, ELFS is part of the University of Newcastle's Academic Division and incorporates the Language Centre and Foundation Studies. Our aim is to provide both Australian and international students with an exciting range of academic options for study in a supportive educational environment, which will enable them to access University study.

HELPING PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR DREAM OF TERTIARY STUDY

The Centre provides both English Language and tertiary preparation programs, with our staff teaching over 3000 students each year. We are proud of the achievements of our students. Each year they make up a large proportion of commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students  From the platform of readiness for university study they establish in their preparatory program, our students go on to participate, and often excel in the programs of their choice.

THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU

In the English Language area, the Centre incorporates a well regarded and comprehensive ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs, including both Academic and General English programs, Study Abroad and Short programs at our locations in Newcastle and Sydney.

In the tertiary preparation area, our Newstep program provides people aged 18 to 20 a "second chance" to study at university. This proven pathway has enabled many young people to access undergraduate studies since it was established in 1990. Our Open Foundation program is the largest of its kind in Australia, and has been successfully preparing mature-aged students to enter University for more than 30 years. Our Yapug program is designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people qualify for entry into undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle.

LEADING ENABLING EDUCATION RESEARCH

International studentOver time, the Centre has been established as a national leader in the research field of enabling education. We seek to strengthen the research base of enabling education in order to facilitate evidence-based practice and policy-making, and to contribute to debates around access and equity in the new Information society.

A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY

If you are a prospective international student, we believe we have the English Language programs to develop your language skills in preparation for further studies. If you are a prospective Australian student and are looking for the opportunity to change your life, our Foundation Studies programs will help you to realise your potential. The opportunity is yours for the taking.

Associate Professor Seamus Fagan
English Language and Foundation Studies
The University of Newcastle