5 Secrets ELICOS Students Aren’t Telling You
Are you looking to study English in Australia? You might have heard of ELICOS from fellow friends planning on studying in an English-speaking country.
What is ELICOS?
The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) is a popular programme for international students hoping to get a head-start when it comes to grasping English and being able to do it in Australia.
There is a myriad of ELICOS programmes you can go for depending on your needs. Whether you are looking for a General English course, a specialised course for business or graphic arts or a unique preparatory course for IELTS, ELICOS has it.
A great way to take the course is through one of ELICOS’ long-term programmes.
One of the highlights of ELICOS is the flexibility it can offer you, allowing you to study and explore Australia at the same time - like frolicking at the beach after lessons!
From small group tuition to vocational educational centre and programmes ranging from 5 weeks to 20 weeks, you have the flexibility to choose whichever that suits your needs.
With that, here are five secrets that ELICOS students aren't telling you.
5 Perks of ELICOS
#1 ELICOS opens up international opportunities
ELICOS offers much more than being able to order a flat white in a Melbourne cafe and being understood!
It opens up international opportunities for you, be it gaining admission to a higher-education institution or finding a new career.
Like other Australian qualifications, ELICOS is recognised in most parts of the world. Having taken steps to improve your English proficiency will give you a leg up in your future endeavours.
#2 High-quality programmes
If you want to learn English effectively, you will want to get the best possible quality of English as a Second Language (ESL) education.
Australia is known for its excellent education system which attracts thousands (almost 800,000!) of international students each year.
In most countries, ESL education is mostly unregulated. However, with ELICOS, you can be sure that you are getting the best as the Australian government regulates the English teaching industry.
#3 Learn English at your own pace
Whether you are looking for a short stay in Australia to get a taste of ESL learning or a prolonged immersion into the Australian culture, ELICOS has a programme to suit your needs.
ELICOS programmes are offered in various durations, from one week to 5 weeks, to 20 weeks. You are grouped with students of the same level to optimise your learning and progress at the same pace!
If you were to ask any ELICOS student, they would tell you how they wished they had opted for an extended programme.
After all, who would turn down the opportunity for more prolonged immersion into the Australian culture and the chance to check out more of the country's best travel spots?
#4 Value for Money
By enrolling into an ELICOS programme in Australia, you are entitled to an Independent ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570) that allows you to work and study at the same time.
In Australia, the minimum wage of $740.80 per week is more than enough to offset your course fees.
This makes ELICOS value for money, as you get a whole new experience for (almost) nothing!
#5 Make new connections
ELICOS provides a welcoming environment for students to learn, interact, and make new connections.
Unlike school classes, you are grouped by proficiency instead of age in ELICOS programmes. That means that you will get the chance to meet people of different ages and from entirely different walks of life that share the same goals of mastering English.
Who knows, one of them could be your new university classmate or coworker!
Take the Next Step Forward
ELICOS programmes are ideal for overseas students trying to master English in preparation for future pursuits. What’s more, studying English in Australia is a wonderful new experience for you to discover a new culture and way of life.
Take the next step forward by booking your ELICOS programme with IDP today!