ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) are offered by secondary schools, TAFE institutes, universities, private colleges and specialist English language centres. These courses are designed to help international students and visitors develop their English language skills so that they can fully participate in Australian life.


In the case of international students, ELICOS courses provide a great way to develop your English language skills so that you can meet the English language requirements of your institution or simply develop confidence in your English abilities before beginning your studies.

A number of institutions are affiliated with English language schools and will ‘package’ English language preparation courses with vocational or higher education courses.


Institutions offer a wide range of courses suited to all learning needs, which can range in length from four weeks to 48 weeks. Courses include:

  • General English
  • English for academic purposes
  • English for secondary school preparation
  • English for special purposes (English for Business, for example)
  • PTE, IELTS and TOEFL test preparation
  • Cambridge test preparation
  • Study tour programs, which include other extracurricular activities.

Top 10 reasons to Study an English Course

1. Study English in English Speaking Country proven to be the best environment to achieve the better result.

2. FREE placement test to enter the English course provider.

3. More pathway available into further education after English Course completion.

4. English course especially Academic Program can be used if a student does not meet the minimum IELTS score into the desired main program, this is beneficial for the student who finds it difficult to score high IELTS.

5. English class has customized program to suit student needs either general, academic or IELTS/PTE preparation.

6. English is a global language to compete in job market.

7. English language proficiency is needed for migration purpose.

8. English class is fun, entertaining and sometimes include excursions to the city or famous turistic spots.

9. Study English as cheap as $170 per week to improve your English skill in speaking, listening, writing and reading.

10. Work rights 40 hours per fortnight or unlimited during holiday!