English Language Courses

What is ELICOS?

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to enable international students to develop their English language skills for a variety of purposes.

Perhaps you need to improve your English language skills to gain entry into a degree program at the University of Newcastle? Maybe you would like to improve your English skills to boost your career? We offer a range of programs to suit varying levels of English language proficiency.

All courses prepare students for further study at the University of Newcastle. Academic language and skills are taught throughout the English for General Purposes program.

ELICOS Courses and Levels

English for General Purposes Courses (EGP)
English for Academic Purposes Courses (EAP)

Study Hours

The University of Newcastle Language Centre offers 20 hours of class per week.

Students are expected to attend classes for 4 hours each weekday and the timetable differs between Newcastle and Sydney campuses:

Sample Newcastle Language Centre Timetable

 9am10am11am12pm1pm2pm
Monday-FridayClassSelf StudyBreakClass

Sample Sydney Language Centre Timetable

9am10am11am12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm
Monday-FridayClassBreakClass

ELICOS Pathways

Upon application via one of our registered Overseas Representatives, or upon arrival at the Language Centre, students will sit our Placement Test. Results of this test will determine the level that each student will commence in. Each level consists of 10 weeks of study.

Students wishing to go on to further studies will need to satisfactorily pass:

View courses and pathways diagram

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