English for Academic Purposes

University of Southern Queensland USQ

The aim of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is to provide English language preparation for tertiary study based on the personal and intellectual transition required by individual students to succeed in higher education in the Australian context. It aims to develop thinking processes and academic English skills to prepare students from non-English speaking backgrounds for university education. It provides this transition for international students not fully prepared academically or requiring a higher level of English for tertiary study.

Course Fee:

International: $3,900

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements: Resident status: students on international student visas or students from non-English speaking backgrounds resident in Australia; Minimum academic requirements: completion of senior secondary schooling in the home country or Year 12 in an Australian High School or completed 'A' levels or mature-age entry; English Language Entry Requirements: EAP I - An entry level of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, EAP II (Undergraduate and coursework) - An entry level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, EAP II (Postgraduate research) - An entry level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, EAP I online - An entry level of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent score or completion of CSWE 111 (Certificate in spoken and written English). Online general English course from NSW AMES, EAP II online - An entry level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent international English language proficiency score.


EAP includes two levels (2 x 4 units) and each level takes 10 weeks to complete. On-campus: minimum 20 weeks, maximum 36 weeks; Online: minimum 20 weeks, maximum 60 weeks

Subjects you can Study:

Level 1: Academic Speaking and Listening (2 units); Academic Reading and Writing (2 units). Level 2: Writing to Learn, Academic Speaking and Listening Skills and Critical Reading Skills, plus one additional course based upon program pre-requisites from the following; Postgraduate Study Skills, Mathematical and Computing Literacy - Level A, Mathematical and Computing Literacy - Level B or Mathematical and Computing Literacy - Level C.

Study Pathways:

This program aims to prepare students for entry to university. When students successfully complete the second level of EAP they can go on to study a degree at USQ.


The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type. This program is at AQF Qualification Level 04. Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning. The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Toowoomba No info Yes Part time 36 weeks
Toowoomba No info Yes Online 20 weeks
Toowoomba No info Yes Full time 20 weeks
Springfield No info Yes Full time 20 weeks
Springfield No info Yes Online 20 weeks
Springfield No info Yes Part time 36 weeks

Why study with us

Redefining flexible and online study, we are determined to prepare you for today’s competitive workforce. We make it easier for you to fit study into your life and will support you through the challenges that life and study bring. 

Study options

Studying on-campus at one of our three locations (Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich) is a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in an innovative and friendly environment. Or, you can join more than 70 per cent of our students who choose to study online with us. There is also the option to fast-track most degrees by studying over summer.

We offer degrees in:

  • Business and Commerce
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  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health and Community
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Sciences. 

If you’re looking to gain the skills and confidence to prepare for university study, look no further than one of our pathway programs.  

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Australian & New Zealand
Phone: +61 7 4631 5315 
Freecall: 1800 269 500 
Email: study@usq.edu.au   
Fax: +61 7 4635 5550 
Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm (AEST) 
Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Phone: +61 7 4631 5543 
Email: international@usq.edu.au  
Fax: +61 7 4635 9225 
Skype: usq.international 
Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm (AEST) 
Monday to Friday (except public holidays) 

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