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Why is ELICOS sector important?

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) provides international students with a wide variety of options to learn English and it enables students to enter other education sectors at all levels.

Where does the training takes place?

English language training commonly takes place in dedicated colleges or centers.

Is this a standalone course?

Yes, it can be taken by students as stand-alone courses. This means that the student wishes to improve their English proficiency and then return to their home country.

Who can take the course?

ELICOS students typically come on a student visa, a tourist visa or a working holiday visa.

Types of ELICOS centers:

• Located in all of Australia's major cities as well as in a range of regional locations, • Private or government operated, • Independent or attached to a high school, TAFE college or university, • Small boutique colleges or large international providers.

Features of ELICOS courses

• Their duration generally ranges from four to 48 weeks, • They are taught at all levels of proficiency from beginners to advanced. • They comprise of at least 20 hours of study each week. • They usually have flexible commencement dates, so students can enroll at any time during the year.

How many categories are offered?

There are five major categories of English language courses generally offered in Australia to international students.

Five categories of English language courses

General English

These courses help to improve English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students can enter at any level, from elementary to advanced, and they progress at their own pace.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

EAP courses are designed to help students succeed in university studies by improving their English and academic study skills. They help students achieve the level of English language proficiency needed to undertake tertiary studies at Australian and International universities.

Secondary School Preparation

These are designed to inform students about the education system in Australia, familiarize students with teaching methodologies they will encounter in their secondary studies and to introduce specific subject areas and assist with subject selection.

Examination Preparation

These courses are generally provided for students aged 17 and above and involve intensive test practice. Many English courses focus on preparing students for external English proficiency examinations such as: Cambridge exams (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, & BEC), IELTS, TOEFL &TOEIC test.

English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

These courses are generally specialized to meet a specific student need for technical English proficiency. They are designed for a small student group.

Short courses for non-student visa holders:

Students may obtain a tourist visa to study English for less than 3 months , or if on a working holiday visa, study a maximum of 4 months. These students may undertake the same programs and classes as student visa holders.

English language tests

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International English Language Testing System. It is the most commonly used English Proficiency test in Australia and is accepted by all our academic institutions.

How many modules does IELTS have?

IELTS test consists of 4 modules.

How many formats does IELTS have?

IELTS test is available in two formats: Academic and General Training.

Do all the candidates have same modules?

All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. However, the two formats have different Reading and Writing Modules.


Test of English as a Foreign Language. It tests the ability of candidates to use and understand English at a university level.

CAE Cambridge test

Certificate in Advanced English. It is a thorough and demanding test of all areas of language ability of the candidate.

How many modules does CAE have?

CAE exam consists of five modules: reading, writing, use of English, listening and speaking.

PTE Academic test

Pearson Test of English – Academic. It is a computer-based exam, measuring the individual's English ability through tasks which reflect real-life settings.

Duration of PTE test?

The test runs for 3 hours, during which candidates are given 20 different types of task.

Is ITEP recognized in Australia

It is an American-based online proficiency test, recognized in US but not well-recognized in Australia at this stage.

Is Password Test recognized in Australia?

The password test, is another online proficiency test, based in the UK, it only enjoys limited recognition in Australia.

Entry points

What is the entry level?

Australian education institutions can only accept students with an appropriate level of English proficiency and institutions are free to set their own English language requirements.

Are the levels and measures same?

There may be different language proficiency levels and different measures used by different institutions in respect of the English proficiency levels required for their courses.

Entry costs

What is the average cost?

Average tuition costs are $305 per week.

Do the prices vary?

Yes, course prices vary depending on: the center, it’s location & length of the course.

Are the study tour prices same?

Study tour prices are specific to the study program and subject to negotiation.