English for Academic Purposes (EAP)


course duration

5 to 30 weeks




Classes start every 5 weeks.
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Fee details


entry criteria

Entry criteria
3 entry points, starting at IELTS 5.0, with no sub-band below 5.0
Entry requirements



The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course is the best way to prepare for an academic IELTS test and gain practical academic skills and language. 


Who is this program for?

EAP is suitable for students wishing to study in an English medium university and who need an IELTS score to enter.


What you will learn

  • Express facts, ideas, and opinions in writing, using correct and appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures, and other features of academic writing
  • Apply a range of reading skills in order to understand and respond to a variety of written texts
  • Speak clearly and confidently
  • Understand spoken English in conversations, discussions, lectures, and to take notes
  • Use a range of study skills including research skills, in order to gather, combine and critically examine information and ideas from different sources
  • How to apply these skills to the IELTS test.

Entry to a UQ program

If you meet the academic requirements for entry to a UQ program but need to meet the English language entry requirements, you can apply for a UQ package offer. The UQ package offer includes:

An English course (GE, EAP or BE) designed to help you get to the level you need for entry into your UQ program, 
a conditional place in your preferred program

To receive a UQ package offer, you must provide evidence of your current English language ability (IELTS or other recognised test) with your UQ application. If the overall IELTS score you achieved is 5.0 or above (or equivalent), join our EAP or BE classes.

 If the overall IELTS score you achieved is below 5.0 (or equivalent), you can join our General English classes. When you successfully complete GE level 4, you can enter English for Academic Purposes or take a recognised proficiency test (e.g. IELTS) to enter BE.


Bring your own device (BYOD)

As a UQ College student, you will need to bring your own computer. This will allow you to fully participate in lessons, carry out self-study tasks and take computer-based assessments.

Prior to your study, you must ensure your device meet minimum specifications as outlined in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy. You will also need to complete a BYOD agreement as a part of your orientation.

Entry Requirements

S: Speaking, L: Listening, R: Reading, W: Writing

EAP Level 3

 Minimum Overall ScoreMinimum Sub Scores
UQ CollegeGrade of 4 in GE Level 2No sub score lower than C
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)*5.05.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)*56S:15, L:12, R:12, W:17

EAP Level 4

 Minimum Overall ScoreMinimum Sub Scores
UQ CollegeGrade of 4 in EAP Level 3No sub-score lower than C
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)*5.55.5
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)*70S:17, L:17, R:17, W:19


EAP Level 5

 Minimum Overall ScoreMinimum Sub Scores
UQ CollegeGrade of 4 in EAP Level 4No sub-score lower than C
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)*6.06.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)*78S:19, L:19, R:19, W:21


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Course modules

Academic English Skills

  • Develop the skills and confidence you need as a university student
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in conversations and presentations
  • Gain critical thinking skills.

Listening and Speaking

  • Gain a deeper understanding of vocabulary and grammar in use
  • Learn key skills for identifying information when listening to academic texts
  • Participate in speaking tasks to apply new language in context.

Reading and Writing

  • ​Read academic texts to identify key ideas
  • Develop your use of grammar and vocabulary for reading and writing
  • ​Learn to write more clearly and accurately
  • Get feedback on your writing skills from your teacher.

IELTS Preparation

  • Get ready for the Academic IELTS test
  • Practice reading and listening to IELTS style material.



contact hours

20 contact hours per week 

additional resources

Bring your own device (BYOD) to complete online coursework, assessment, and self-directed learning resources. See UQ College BYOD technical requirements here.


Up to 18 students per class

session times

Lessons are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Student timetables will vary depending on courses selected.


Sample timetable

Monday - Friday

Morning session
8.15AM - 12.45PM
Class 8.15 AM - 10.15 AM
Break 10.15 AM - 10.45 AM
Class 10.45 AM - 12.45 PM

afternoon session

Afternoon session
1.00PM - 5.30PM
Class 1.00PM - 3.00PM
Break 3.00PM - 3.30PM
Class 3.30PM - 5.30PM


Your teachers will provide informal feedback throughout the course. Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session.


Fees and dates

Please note: an AUD $220 enrolment fee applies when you enrol.

2022 Tuition fees ($AUD)

Enrolment lengthTuitionStudent services & materials


5 weeks$2,200$100$2,300
10 weeks$4,400$200$4,600
15 weeks$6,600$300$6,900
20 weeks$8,800$400$9,200
25 weeks$11,000$500$11,500
30 weeks$13,200$600$13,800
35 weeks$15,400$700$16,100
40 weeks$17,600$800$18,400
45 weeks$19,800$900$20,700

2023 Tuition fees ($AUD)

Enrolment lengthTuitionStudent services & materials


5 weeks$2,325$100$2,425
10 weeks$4,650$200$4,850
15 weeks$6,975$300$7,275
20 weeks$9,300$400$9,700
25 weeks$11,625$500$12,125
30 weeks$13,950$600$14,550
35 weeks$16,275$700$16,975
40 weeks$18,600$800$19,400
45 weeks$20,925$900$21,825




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The University of Queensland
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