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Discover why thousands of international students are choosing to immerse themselves in Newcastle's bustling culture, without the stress of more expensive Australian cities.
The University of Newcastle Language Centre offers a wide range of programs for institutions wishing to create partnerships with Australian institutions. Our programs incorporate intensive English training, with the opportunity to engage with Australian and other international students, excursions to experience Australian culture, volunteering programs, a highly regarded homestay program and much more.
The University of Newcastle Language Centre has been offering English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) since 1989, and has established a reputation for excellence in English language education. We teach ELICOS for academic and general purposes at varying levels of proficiency at our Newcastle and Sydney campuses.
Each year the Centre successfully trains approximately 800 students from over 30 countries including Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Participants include overseas students, working holidaymakers, tourists, business people and professionals.
We provide a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse atmosphere as part of the wider University of Newcastle environment. Courses are taught by fully qualified and experienced teachers of English as a Foreign and Second Language at both our Newcastle and Sydney locations. Many of our teachers have taught in a variety of Asian and European countries and understand the challenges and delights of living and studying in a foreign country.
Our staff are led by English Language and Foundation Studies Centre Director, Dr Anna Bennett, who has a PhD in Sociology and is also Head Research Engagement and Development (ELFSC) at the University of Newcastle. The Language Centre is a member of the National ELICOS Association, University English Centres Australia (UECA), and English Australia. Our programs are accredited by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).
The University of Newcastle Language Centre is the only official IELTS Testing Centre in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley area, offering regular opportunities for candidates to test their English language proficiency. We also offer IELTS Preparation courses for candidates wishing to develop their language skills prior to IELTS testing.
Our Language Centre on the University’s main campus in Newcastle is a modern building, conveniently located in the centre of the campus adjacent to the University’s library and the student services centre.
The beautiful city of Newcastle is known for its spectacular coastline, its contemporary culture and enviable lifestyle and was included among the top 10 cities in the annual publication of Lonely Planet Guide to the Best Places to Travel 2011 (“Best in Travel Guide for 2011”).
The University of Newcastle’s Sydney-based Language Centre allows students to balance the benefits of studying English with a high-ranking, long-established institution with easy access to the conveniences of Sydney’s CBD and surrounding areas.