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 studying at the Newcastle campus will be expected to attend classes for 4 hours each weekday. Here is a sample timetable for the Newcastle Language Centre:

9am 10am11am 12pm 1pm 2pm
Weekday Class Self Study Break Class

For students studying at our Sydney Language Centre, classes are run in two shifts. Students will not be able to choose which shift they will be enrolled in, but instead will be allocated a timetable in either Shift 1 or Shift 2. Shift 1 is from 9am-2pm each day, and Shift 2 is from 12pm-5pm each day. Here is a sample timetable for the Sydney Language Centre:

9am 10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm3pm4pm
Shift 1 Class Break Class
Shift 2 Class Break Class

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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