What is ELICOS?

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at Swinburne are a great way to improve your English skills while meeting new people, getting to know a new city, and preparing for further study.

Why study at Swinburne?

Learn at one of the top 70 universities in the Asia Pacific for student satisfaction¹

Extensive student support and free English testing

Access to all of Swinburne’s services and facilities

A maximum of 18 students per class

Study in one of the world’s most liveable cities

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  • Three international students sit outside in the Hawthorn campus gardens

    “I came to Swinburne to study English because I want to upskill. My classes are friendly and kind and full of activity. I love my teachers and my classmates.”

    Hikari , 20, student from Japan

Meet your teachers

  • Ashley Starford

    Ashley Starford

    Teacher, ELICOS

    “I like my classes to be warm and welcome spaces where students feel comfortable communicating with each other. 

    I’ve always been interested in the international community. Sharing my knowledge of English is a profound way for me to liaise with the global community."

  • Charlotte Petitprez

    Charlotte Petitprez

    Teacher, ELICOS

    “I always share my background with my students and hope they can be inspired by my journey: I am a non-native speaker, but I am completely bi-lingual in English and French.

    I want to show them that if you put your mind to something, everything is possible."

  • Jarrod Tebb

    Jarrod Tebb

    Teacher, ELICOS

    “We have a very supportive group of teachers who really care about the students and the work that they do.

    I grew up in Melbourne and studied three languages at school: French, German, and Indonesian. I’ve been teaching English for 15 years."

Support at Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne College Student Hub and online support community

Free Wi-Fi, Microsoft Office 365, and Adobe Creative Cloud

Custom designed curriculum with access to student lounge and self-study area

Homestay accommodation

Counselling and support services

Explore campus in VR

Take a virtual tour of where you’ll be learning – explore the campus, classrooms, and some of our Swinburne student experiences – all in 360°.

On desktop, click and drag around the screen to explore the 360° video. On mobile, tilt your device to explore the 360° video.

Take a tour of Swinburne in 360°
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Studying English at Swinburne
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Want to know more about fees, online study, intake dates, and what to expect as an ELICOS student?
¹Times Higher Education Asia Pacific University Ranking 2019.

Discover more about Swinburne

  • Accommodation

    Discover all your student housing options at Swinburne, including on-campus accommodation, shared apartments, studio apartments and short-term accommodation.
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    Clubs and student organisations

    Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care about. Find your people.
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    Your safety at Swinburne

    We’ve worked hard to create a safe, accepting and vibrant community to ensure Swinburne remains a place where everyone can feel confident and respected – and we aim to keep it that way.

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    Sport and fitness

    At Swinburne, we provide opportunities for you to get involved in a variety of sports clubs and fitness opportunities. As an enrolled student, you’re eligible to join in on the fun and get active!

Keep on exploring

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    Getting around Melbourne

    Melbourne has many accessible public transport options and bike paths  making it easy to go exploring after class.

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    Things to do in Melbourne

    Melbourne is proudly multicultural and no matter where you're from, you can feel safe and welcome here. There are fun things to do in Melbourne every day, with free events all the time.

  • Two students sit on a bench outside the Moondani Toombadool Centre

    Things to do in Hawthorn

    Our Hawthorn campus boasts state-of-the-art learning facilities. Surrounded by an array of cafés, restaurants, bars, boutiques, and bookshops on Glenferrie Road, our Hawthorn campus provides the perfect environment for an amazing student lifestyle.

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    Bringing your family to Melbourne

    We know how important family is and how having them nearby can help you settle into Melbourne life. We’ve put together some things for you to consider when making the decision.

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    Money and living costs in Australia

    Living in Melbourne, like many cities around the world, can be relatively expensive at times, but there are ways to manage your money to make it go further. Find out what you need to get started and get by in Australia.

Ready to apply?

If you want to study an English Language Intensive Course at Swinburne, get started by learning how to submit your online application.

Learn how to apply