English for Academic Purposes

James Cook University JCU

This is a series of 10-week courses run at the Cairns and Townsville Centres for students preparing for direct entry into JCU programs or those at other tertiary institutions. Successful completion leads to direct entry to most JCU degrees as long as academic entry criteria have been met.

Course Fee:

International: $3,520

Entry Requirements:

EAP Level 3 (Extended): IELTS 5.0 or equivalent English language entry ratings; EAP Level 3: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English language entry ratings; EAP 4: IELTS 6.0+ or equivalent English language entry ratings; EAP 4 (Extended) - IELTS 6.0+ or equivalent English language entry ratings


The course can be undertaken at four levels: EAP Level 3, EAP Level 3 (Extended); EAP Level 4; EAP Level 4 (Extended). Specific IELTS and EAP course material is used to help students develop language skills needed to participate in degree or vocational education courses, e.g. note-taking, research, project, oral presentation, debating, seminar, report and essay-writing skills.

Subjects you can Study:

Academic English as a Second Language

Study Pathways:

Successful completion of this course allows students to gain admission to most JCU degrees without further testing, as long as academic entry criteria have been met.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00117J

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Townsville No info No Full time 10 weeks
Cairns No info No Full time 10 weeks

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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