This program is designed to improve the English language proficiency of international students for professional and academic purposes. Elementary to advanced courses are available and range in duration from five to 50 weeks. New courses start every five weeks.

Entry Requirements:

Only available to international students. Evidence of English proficiency is necessary for students wishing to undertake further studies at Swinburne after their English language course. Students who do not have evidence of English proficiency can opt to sit an English Placement Test, either at Swinburne or online at any Swinburne Representative office. English placement test: Our English Placement Test (EPT) is ideal for students do not have an IELTS or other approved international test score. Students need to complete an English placement test as part of the application to study at Swinburne. The test is free-of-charge every Tuesday morning (10.30am) or Thursday afternoon (2.30pm) at Hawthorn campus or online at any Swinburne representative office. The test measures all skills and will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Based on the results, Swinburne will recommend the number of weeks students need to complete to enter into their chosen course. Swinburne reserves the right to conduct a placement test on arrival (or in the first week of your study) to assess all students' level of English. This may affect the duration of the English course depending on the results. This may, in turn, affect timely entry into future courses.


General English, Levels 1-4 (Elementary to Upper Intermediate): General English (GE) prepares you to join our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs or can be taken as a way of improving your language skills for use in everyday situations. The broad aim of GE is to improve your overall English language skills in an Australian context. Through a range of activities, we will help you improve your writing, reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation and grammar knowledge. English for Academic Purposes, Levels 3-5 (Intermediate to Advanced): English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prepares you for direct entry to Swinburne University of Technology. The courses focus on academic language, critical thinking and academic literacy skills and aim to enhance your success in your higher education course. At the advanced levels, classes are separated into undergraduate and postgraduate and may be streamed according to your chosen discipline.

Subjects you can Study:

English as a second language for overseas students

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00111D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Higher Education Hawthorn No info Yes Full time 5-50 weeks

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