English Language Pathways

University of Newcastle English Language Pathways specialise in teaching English and Academic Skills to students from all over the world. Successful completion of our English Language Bridging Program (ELBP) allows students who have met the academic requirements of their degree to transition to their award program with the University of Newcastle and the College of International Education (CIE).

We offer a range of intensive Academic English courses designed to help students improve their language proficiency and achieve their goal of studying at the University of Newcastle, as well as providing opportunities to engage with the wider community as part of our award winning Student Experience Program.

Our English Language Pathways are available face to face at our Callaghan Campus, with Study from Home options still available via our hybrid classrooms.

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Top 50 ? university in the Asia-Pacific Region

About our English Language Pathways

The University of Newcastle's English Language Pathways have been offering English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) since 1989, and has established a reputation for excellence in English language education. Based in Newcastle, our English Language Pathways include the English Language Bridging Program (ELBP) for direct-entry students, and also offers a range of short-term integrated and tailored Study Tour options.

Each year, approximately 800 students from over 30 source countries study with Our English Language Pathways. 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).

Our staff are led by Pathways and Academic Learning and Support Centre Director, Dr. Anna Bennett, and Assistant Director Benjamin Doran. The English Language Pathways 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

Benefits of studying English with the University of Newcastle

Experienced and Innovative Teachers
Student-centred Learning
Award-winning Student Experience Program
  • Our English Language Pathways have been delivering English language courses for over 30 years. Our experienced and innovative teachers facilitate engaging and rewarding lessons with a student-centred approach to English language education.
  • High quality ELBP curriculum with classes designed to help students successfully transition to tertiary study with the University of Newcastle, prepare for the global workforce, and increase their English proficiency for a range of personal and professional goals.
  • The University of Newcastle is proud of its international student body and offers a wide range of services to support their student journey.
  • Located in Newcastle with convenient access to the University's student facilities and services.
  • Ability to practice your English with Australian students through our award-winning Student Experience Program.
  • Successful completion of ELBP enables direct entry to University of Newcastle degree programs and prepares to students for success in their future studies.
  • The University of Newcastle offers on-campus and off-campus accommodation including homestays.

Our Facilities

  • Modern classrooms designed to facilitate a student-centred and blended approach to learning.
  • Campus wide WIFI and free access to a range of student systems and software.
  • Access to the University library, including dedicated resources and experienced staff committed to increasing the digital literacy of international students.

Our Central Locations

Newcastle Callaghan campus

Our 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. 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.

Newcastle City campus

Located on the corner of Auckland Street and King Street, our City campus is right in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD. The City campus consists of NUspaceThe Conservatorium of Music, University House, Northumberland House, the new Honeysuckle Precinct and Newcastle Legal Centre.

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2018 Winner NSW Community Engagement Award

English Australia 2019 Award Winner


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