Overview

Want to improve your English language skills and help progress your career?

Our English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) is designed to improve your language skills in everyday conversational situations. We also teach you the language skills needed to study at university. 

We offer two types of English language courses: General English and English for Academic Purposes.

When you study an ELICOS course, the content and length of your course will be personalised to your existing English language skills.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Broad-ranging linguistic skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Academic writing skills
  • Wide-ranging study skills

Key codes

CRICOS course code
0102124
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Admissions

Students studying English for Academic Purpose may be eligible to transfer to their chosen Swinburne course, provided they meet the minimum English language entry requirements.

Assess your eligibility for entry to Swinburne

English language requirements

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 20 in any English or English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent.

Please note that applicants with a study score of 20–24 in EAL will be required to complete Swinburne's free Skills Plus program as part of their studies.

Evidence of English proficiency is necessary for students wishing to undertake further studies at Swinburne after their English language course.

IELTS or equivalent

Level                                            Approximate entry-level

Advanced (EAP)                         IELTS 5.5 - 6.0 or equivalent

Upper-intermediate (EAP         IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Intermediate                               IELTS 5.0 or equivalent

Pre-intermediate                        IELTS 4.5 or equivalent

Elementary                                  IELTS 3.5 or equivalent

English placement test

Swinburne reserves the right to conduct a placement test on arrival (or in the first week of your study) to assess all students' level of English. This may affect the duration of your English course if the result shows you need more or fewer weeks than originally offered. This may, in turn, affect timely entry into future courses.
The test measures all skills and will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Based on your results, we will recommend the number of weeks you will need to complete to enter into your chosen course.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at Swinburne offers two types of course: General English and English for Academic Purposes.

Class timetable

There will be morning and afternoon classes Monday to Friday.

Contact hours

25 hours per week (including 5 hours e-learning)

General English (Levels EAP3 to EAP 5)

General English programs are designed to help you improve your overall English language skills. Through a range of communicative activities, you can improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Studying General English at Swinburne offers you the chance to maximise your fluency, confidence and independence in English.

  • Fun, communicative, interactive classes
  • Maximise fluency, confidence and independence
  • Course books and in-house designed, high-quality material
  • Practical English skills – based on projects
  • Assessment every five weeks
Levels GE1 to GE3
General English
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Access to English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes (Levels EAP3 to EAP 5)

English for Academic Purposes aims to develop the English language skills needed to help you succeed at university. The program focuses on:

  • preparing assignments
  • taking notes and writing
  • communicating in multicultural environments
  • making presentations
  • improving your vocabulary.

Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes programs are designed to prepare you meet the minimum English language entry requirements to enter your chosen Swinburne course, including Foundation Year, vocational education certificates and diplomas, UniLink diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PhD courses.

At advanced levels of study, classes are separated into undergraduate and postgraduate students. Classes may also be streamed according to students’ chosen discipline of study. 

  • Exposure to authentic, current and global videos and documentaries
  • Access to current and informative written and online texts
  • Scientifically supported materials, teaching and learning strategies
  • Innovative use of technology
  • Assessment every five weeks

Maximum Academic Credit

Levels EAP3 to EAP5
English for Academic Purposes
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Access to University course

Maximum Academic Credit

Students that demonstrate the appropriate English level upon an entrance exam, may receive credit against relevant units.

2024 fees

A$480 (per week for 2024) (for Colombo and Kandy campus fee, refer to NCHS website http://nchs.edu.lk/swinburne/)*

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Future scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
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CRICOS code
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Colombo
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Colombo
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Hawthorn
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Hawthorn
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Hawthorn
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Colombo
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