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English for Academic Purposes (EAPP)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Throughout the year

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • On-campus: minimum 20 weeks
  • maximum 36 weeks; Online: minimum 20 weeks
  • maximum 60 weeks

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Prepare to study a degree at USQ

USQ Open Access College offers English language programs for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will prepare you to study a degree at USQ. You can study EAP for future study, career or personal reasons.

EAP is tuition free for Australian citizens and permanent residents; however international students will be required to pay a fee for this program.

Our English for Academic Purposes program is endorsed by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

We’ll support you all the way

As an EAP student you can access great teaching and support in a friendly caring environment. EAP will develop your language skills and give you the confidence you need to succeed at university. All English Language students have the opportunity to live with an Australian family.

EAP includes two levels and each level takes 10 weeks to complete. To start your studies in EAP you will need an IELTS result of at least 5.0 in the four macro skills or an equivalent recognised international English test. If your IELTS result is less than this, you could start your studies in ELICOS.  If you have not completed an IELTS test, you will need to complete a comprehensive set of tests that will help us ensure you start your studies at the best level for you.

Further study

EAP aims to prepare you for entry to university. When you successfully complete the second level of EAP you can go on to study a degree at USQ.  Now is the time to start your pathway to a career that you want.

EAP I Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses1 4
Total 4


EAP II Courses to be studied Units
4 x core courses 4
Total 8

1 Two units.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen (resident in Australia), holder of either Australian Permanent Residency or Australian Permanent Humanitarian visas, you have access to fee-free places in this program.

Fee-free places are granted for a period of three semesters. As a fee-free student, if you wish to continue your studies beyond three semesters you will need to complete a new application form.

If you do not meet the citizenship or residency requirements, you will be required to pay a fee.

Students will be required to purchase textbooks and study materials.

Entry Requirements

Students from non-English backgrounds residing in Australia should meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completion of senior secondary schooling, or equivalent, in the home country, or Year 12 in an Australian High School, or completed 'A' levels.
  • EAP I: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
  • EAP II: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and doctorate)

How to apply


EAP dates


Start dates Finish dates Campus 
24 February 2020 24 April 2020 Toowoomba
6 July 2020 11 September 2020 Toowoomba
14 September 2020 20 November 2020 Toowoomba
23 November 2020  12 February 2021  Toowoomba 


Start dates  Finish dates  Campus 
27 April 2020 3 July 2020 Toowoomba, Springfield
14 September 2020 20 November 2020 Toowoomba, Springfield
23 November 2020  12 February 2021 Toowoomba, Springfield

EAP I online dates and courses offered in 2020

Start dates  Finish dates 
24 February 2020 19 June 2020
13 July 2020 6 November 2020

EAP II online dates and courses offered in 2020

Start dates Finish dates
24 February 2020 19 June 2020
13 July 2020 6 November 2020

Achieve success at USQ