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English language institutions

Australia is proud of the reputation and quality of its English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). The National English language training Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) maintains the high standard of Australia’s ELICOS courses.

High standards

Education providers who wish to offer courses to international students are also regulated through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and associated legislation, which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). This legislation ensures the protection of international students’ rights at all times. The legal framework of the ESOS act was reviewed and amended by the Australian Government in early 2010.

General information Course information

Institutions offer a wide range of courses suited to all learning needs. Courses include:

  • General English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Secondary School Preparation
  • English for Special Purposes (for example, English for Business)
  • IELTS and TOEFL test preparation
  • Cambridge test preparation
  • study tour programs (which include other extracurricular activities).
English proficiency tests

There are a number of tests in Australia designed to assess the English language proficiency of international students wishing to gain entry to Australian courses. The main ones are:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Occupational English Test (OET)

The OET tests the English language proficiency of overseas-qualified medical and health professionals wishing to undertake training programs or examinations in order to gain professional recognition and practise in Australia. You can find further details at www.occupationalenglishtest.org.

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