English for Academic Purposes: Direct Entry

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This course prepares international students with skills for essay writing, presentations and note taking. Students who successfully complete this course with an appropriate grade can meet the English requirements for further study at ACU. The program aims to develop the advanced reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, computer and study skills required for further study. It will prepare students for the language, academic and cultural demands of studying at ACU. Students will develop comprehension, critical thinking, note taking skills and vocabulary; academic speaking and writing skills; further knowledge of English grammar; and the ability to communicate on issues relating to their field of interest.

Course Fee:

International: $3,600

Entry Requirements:

No minimum education; international students require an IELTS score of no less than 0.5 under the entry score for their intended study at ACU. This ranges from IELTS 5.5 and for Diplomas up to 6.5 or 7.0 depending on the degree.


This course is offered in durations of 10, 12, 20 and 24 weeks.

Subjects you can Study:

English as a second language

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 10 weeks
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info Yes Full time 10 weeks
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 10 weeks

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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