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English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELES)

Study Mode
  • On-campus

  • Throughout the year

Number of Units
  • 6 units

  • Minimum of 5 weeks to maximum of 32 weeks.

  • Toowoomba

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Program Information Set

Do you need to improve your English skills?

USQ Access College offers English language programs for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) is designed to improve your English language skills. You can study ELICOS for personal reasons, as a pathway to future study, or to improve your career.

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

We’ll support you all the way

As an ELICOS student you can access great teaching and support in a friendly caring environment. ELICOS classes are small and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence and make new friends. All English Language students have the opportunity to live with an Australian family.

ELICOS includes three levels of English study. You could start your studies in any of these levels, depending on your current English language skills or your IELTS results.  ELICOS is flexible to suit your needs and we will work with you to start your studies at the best level for you. 

Further study

ELICOS aims to prepare you for further study. When you complete the Intermediate level of ELICOS, you could choose to go on to study USQ’s English for Academic Purposes to prepare you for university study.

ELICOS is offered at 3 levels. Students will be placed in an appropriate level according to provided evidence of their English language skills or according to results of a placement test. 

Progress to the next level is determined by a student's success in exams and assignments. Students can study in ELICOS for up to 32 weeks depending on their level of proficiency at entry.

Level  IELTS Entry  IELTS Exit
1 - Elementary 3.5  4.0
2 - Pre-intermediate 4.0  4.5
3 - Intermediate 4.5  5.0

Students completing the Intermediate level who wish to continue their English language studies for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs may undertake the English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Students at the Elementary level will need a minimum of 30 weeks of ELICOS followed by 20 weeks of EAP to proceed to degree study.

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.


Fees may vary as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Resident status: students on international student visas or students from non-English speaking backgrounds resident in Australia.
  • Minimum academic requirements: completion of senior secondary schooling in the home country or Year 12 in an Australian High School or mature-age entry.

Students without an IELTS score are given the USQ Placement Test before starting classes to determine which level of English is suitable for them.

Level IELTSentry1
1 - Elementary 3.5
2 - Pre-intermediate 4.0
3 - Intermediate 4.5

Students are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency on an internationally recognised test of English prior to arrival. On arrival students will then be tested using the USQ placement test to determine allocation to either Level 1, 2 or 3. Students with an IELTS score below 3.5 will not be accepted to the ELICOS program.

How to apply

ELICOS dates

Start dates  Finish dates
7 May 2019 12 July 2019
23 September 2019 29 November 2019
2nd December 2019 21 February 2020

The following additional start dates may be applicable for some students:

  • 10 June 2019
  • 28 October 2019 
  • 20 January 2020 

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