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ELICOS, also known as the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students, is the Australian equivalent of a language program catered for international students looking to improve and develop their English language skills.

With varying course durations, ELICOS offers students flexibility in developing their English skills for higher education and for work.

ELICOS is also meant for international students who are looking to study at a vocational college or university, as well as for those who require a higher standard of English in order to work in certain companies.

Opens Up International Opportunities

ELICOS serves as an effective springboard for multiple international opportunities - be it gaining admission to a higher-education institution or finding a new career.

Improve English Proficiency

You’ll get to hone and enhance your English proficiency with an internationally recognised qualification, based on a curriculum that is regulated to ensure quality.

Flexible Time Management

ELICOS programs can last from one to 52 weeks depending on the course type - and allows you to work and study (ELICOS Visa, Subclass 570) at the same time. Such flexibility enables one to explore the country and taste new experiences.

Make New Connections

Since you’ll be grouped by proficiency instead of age, you’ll get to meet people of different ages and from entirely different walks of life - increasing your exposure to various perspectives.

Value For Money

Since you’ll be eligible to work part-time, the minimum wage of $740.80 per week is more than enough to offset your course fees.


Students looking to study ELICOS in Australia will have to take a placement assessment test first in order to gauge their English standards. IELTS is one of the accepted tests that students can take.

Depending on your score, you will be allowed to study for a certain type of ELICOS course, for example, the General English course which is tailored for students with an IELTS score of 4.5 and below while the English For Academic Purposes (EAP) course requires an IELTS score of 5.0 and above.

There is so much more to studying English abroad and it is something you will understand once you’ve experienced it for yourself. What’s more, our dedicated counsellors are on hand to help you chase this path and make it as fruitful as possible.

• English for Academic Purposes (EAP): This program focuses on spoken and written English that students require for further study in an Australian university. The course duration can range from 5 weeks to 52 weeks.

• General English (GE): This program focuses on teaching students English for everyday situations as well as how to communicate with people in real situations in class and for cross•cultural communication. Students will learn how to speak accurately and clearly as well as develop their vocabulary. This course will typically last 5 weeks to 20 weeks.

• English For Special Purposes (ESP): This course instructs students on learning English for business in different contexts. This can be for professions and disciplines in hospitality, health professionals and other businesses. The course duration can last from 5 weeks to 20 weeks.

• Exam Preparation Course: This course focuses on general English skills and instructs students on how to prepare for language exams such as the TOEFL. The course duration can last from 5 weeks to 10 weeks.

If you’re ready to kick-start your English learning journey and get ahead of your peers, we’re here to guide you.

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