English Courses in Australia: What are the options?

Find out which English course is the best for you

When you are planning your exchange program to Australia, it is common to see yourself in doubt about which English course to choose.

Australia is known for having a high-standard in Education and there are many options of courses available in the country.

Finding a suitable course for your objectives might not be easy but we are here to help you!

Have a look at the most popular courses for international students below. 🤓

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GENERAL ENGLISH

General English is the most famous course for international students that want to study or improve in the English language.

This course will teach you the basics of English and help you in daily situations. Generally, the levels start from Beginner to Advanced.

Grammar, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Vocabulary are some of the topics that you will learn in General English.

Requirements: You must enroll for at least 14 weeks in the course.

Duration: The course can have the duration that you need, from at least 14 weeks until the period that you want it.

TOEFL

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test to measure the English ability of non-native speakers that want to enroll in a university or improve job prospects.

The test is recognized globally and is valid for 2 years from your exam date. After that period, the student needs to retake the test.

Requirements: You must have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English to start the course.

Duration: The duration may vary according to the institution but generally, the course lasts 10 weeks.

TOEIC

TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is a standardized exam that analyzes the level of English language of non-native speakers.

The purpose of the exam is to measure the daily English skills of people working in an international ambient. Like TOEFL, the TOEIC exam has a validation of 2 years.

Requirements: You must have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English to start the course.

Duration: The duration may vary according to the institution but generally, the course lasts 10 weeks.

IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a preparation course for the exam.

The intention of the exam is to evaluate the proficiency level in English of non-native speakers. The certificate of IELTS is widely accepted in universities and it is also a requirement to apply for a permanent residency in Australia.

Requirements: You must have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English to start the course.

Duration: The duration may vary according to the institution but generally, the course lasts 10 weeks.

CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge is another universally accepted exam. The course is a preparation for the exam and the certificate is valid indefinitely.

There are different levels of the test but the most popular ones are the First Certificate in English (FCE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).

The course embraces many aspects of English such as formal, informal, business, academic, and personal.

Requirements: Depends on the certificate level that you wish to achieve. For instance, to take the FCE, you must have an Intermediate level of English. However, for the CAE, you need to prove an Advanced level of English.

Duration: Usually, the preparation course lasts 3 months.

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES (EAP)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program prepares international students for vocational or university studies in Australia. Also, it will help you in other circumstances where English is the language of instruction.

Oral presentation skills, research skills, and vocabulary are some of the subjects that the course covers.

Requirements: Intermediate level of English or above.

Duration: Generally, the course takes 10 weeks to be completed but it may vary depending on the school.

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