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 enter 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 ELICOS courses prepare students for further study at the University of Newcastle. Currently, all our programs are being offered online as Study from Home ELICOS.

Course dates and fees How to apply

ELICOS courses and levels

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

Study hours

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

Students are expected to attend classes for 4 hours each weekday.

See below for an example of our current Study from Home ELICOS timetable.

11:30 – 12:30

12:30 – 1:30

1:30 – 2:30

2:30 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:30

Monday - Friday

Independent Learning Hour

EAP Class

Lunch Break and SEP Activities

EAP Class

EAP Class

Sample Week: English Language Centre EAP (Advanced)

Week 2 Topic: Migration








11:30am –12:30am

EAP Lesson

(R3) Reading Skills

Identifying Main Ideas

(S1) Speaking Skills

Thematic questions

(L1) Listening Skills

Introduction to note-taking

(W6) Writing Skills

Researching articles  

Week Review

12:30am – 1:30am

Task-based Activity











1:30pm – 2:30pm

Lunch Break & SEP

Speed Conversations

Chill Tuesdays

Ready to Talk!

Pronunciation Class

Cooking on Campus

2:30pm – 3:30pm

EAP Lesson

(W1) Writing Skills

Reviewing sentences

(R1) Reading Skills

Set reading No.2

(S1 / R4) Vocabulary

Using unknown vocabulary

(L2) Listening Skills

Live lecture

(S3) Speaking Skills

Introduction to oral presentations

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Consolidation hour

Review key points

Review key points

Review key points

Review key points

Weekly Quiz

4:30pm – 5:30pm

E-Consults & SEP


Tuesday Movie Nights


World Sports Afternoon


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:

English Australia


NEAS Endorsed Premium Product

2018 Winner NSW Community Engagement Award

English Australia 2019 Award Winner


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.