The University of Newcastle, Australia

English Language Centre

The University of Newcastle English Language Centre specialises in teaching English to students from all over the world. 

We offer a wide range of intensive English language programs designed to help students achieve their goal of studying with the University of Newcastle, as well as providing opportunities to engage with the wider Newcastle community as part of our award-winning Student Experience Program. Currently, all our program offerings are being offered live and online. To learn more about our online offerings, visit our Study from Home ELICOS page .

Study from Home ELICOS

Study with our English Language Centre from anywhere in the world.

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Top 3 ? Ranked English Language Centre in Australia
Top 6 ? Ranked English Language Centre in the World
Ranked 197 ? in the world
Top 50 ? university in the Asia-Pacific Region

About the Language Centre

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 source countries. We provide a friendly, supportive, and culturally diverse atmosphere as part of the wider University of Newcastle environment. Courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) at both our Newcastle and Sydney locations.

Our staff are led by Pathways and Academic Learning and Support Centre Director, Dr. Anna Bennett, and Assistant Director Benjamin Doran. The English Language Centre is a member of University English Centres Australia (UECA), and English Australia. Our programs are accredited by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

Winner in student engagement ? 2019 English Australia Award for Innovation
Winner in International community engagement ?
NEAS Quality Endorsed Centre ?

What we offer

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Your English language pathway to the University of Newcastle. Offering academic and general English language training for students who have narrowly missed the English language requirements of their degree program with the University of Newcastle.
  • Study Abroad. A packaged program including English plus degree course study with the University of Newcastle over one or two semesters
  • Tailored or Integrated Short-term English. English programs for individuals and groups looking to improve their English language proficiency.
  • Student Experience Program. Offered to students enrolled in all programs with the English Language Centre. Our SEP includes volunteering/work experience opportunities, excursions, and a range of dynamic and engaging activities including Speed Conversations, Cooking on Campus and World Sports Day.

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.

Benefits of studying English at the University of Newcastle

Experienced Teachers
15 students per class on average
International student body
  • We’ve been teaching English for over 30 years. Experienced teachers and small class sizes (15 students on average) means students get personalised attention.
  • The University of Newcastle is proud of its international student body. Of the 40,000 students enrolled in the university, over 7,000 originate from over 100 countries outside Australia.
  • Locations in Newcastle and Sydney campuses with convenient access to the University's student facilities and services
  • Ability to practice your English with Australian students through our free Student Experience Programs
  • Quality curriculum with classes designed to equip you with the language skills for your future study, career or personal purpose
  • Prepares you for direct entry to University of Newcastle degree programs
  • The University of Newcastle offers on- and off-site accommodation including homestays

Our Facilities

  • Computer laboratories with software for language learning
  • Email, wireless and LAN internet access
  • University libraries access, including availability of staff members specifically designated to assist overseas students in library research
  • Access to the University's Computer Technology Centre which provides free computing lessons to Language Centre students. This centre provides a "Help" desk which is available 12 hours a day

Our Central Locations

Newcastle (Callaghan) campus

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”).

National Geographic has named Newcastle as one of the world’s 7 Smart Cities that have risen to the challenges of 21st century urban life. The University of Newcastle’s NUspace campus and an inner-city digital precinct were cited by National Geographic as key attributes of Newcastle’s global “Smart City” status.

Sydney CBD (Elizabeth Street)

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.

English AustraliaNEASNEAS Endorsed Premium Product

2018 Winner NSW Community Engagement Award

English Australia 2019 Award Winner