Bridging English Program

A pathway for entry into undergraduate and postgraduate programs at The University of Queensland.

 

The course is designed to develop your English language skills for UQ entry and studies. Students who successfully meet all BEP exit requirements do not need to sit an IELTS test at the end of the course to gain entry to UQ.

BEP is not just a course that will help you get into UQ - it's the course that will help you succeed once you are [studying your chosen program] here (Vimeo, 2m:30s).- Pinpak, Thailand


Why choose BEP?

BEP will help you to develop the English language abilities and skills needed for UQ program commencement. The course develops proficiency in all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as systematically building your range of vocabulary and control of grammar.

The BEP course offers multiple entrance points to provide you with more flexibility and a better transition to further study programs. Every 5 weeks you will have the opportunity for one-on-one consultation sessions to develop individualised study plans with your teacher.

Weekly progress tests will ensure you are on track with your academic progress to reach your English language goals.

Your BEP 10 results are forwarded by ICTE-UQ to UQ International as a statement of eligibility for UQ degree program entry.

What will you do?

You will study for 20 hours in class each week. In addition, you are expected to:

  • complete online workbook tasks (6-8 hours a week)
  • read and listen extensively (3-4 hours a week)
  • complete set writing tasks (2-4 hours a week)
  • carry out independent project work (1-2 hours a week).

Spending this extra time will help you to improve your English language abilities to the level needed for successful entry into UQ.

Bring your own device

You will need to bring your own device to do this course.   We recommend a minimum 25cm laptop or tablet with a physical keyboard (not an on-screen keyboard).

You will use your device to complete online tests in class, complete homework tasks in online workbooks, access reading texts and the UQ Blackboard online learning management system.

Sample timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Integrated academic skills: Speaking Integrated academic skills: Listening Integrated academic skills: Writing Review and extension Integrated academic skills: Reading
Integrated academic skills: Reading Integrated academic skills: Writing Integrated academic skills: Listening Integrated academic skills: Speaking Review and extension

 

Course options

BEP Advantage (recommended)

This option allows extra time at the end of the program before the UQ semester starts.  

With this extra time you can do:

  • the BEP extension course if you do not succeed at BEP assessment first time, or
  • an Academic Communication Skills (ACS) course to further prepare you for your program.

Both these programs are optional.

The three-week BEP Extension provides you with the opportunity to revise everything you have learnt in the BEP Advantage and practise taking the assessment.  Upon completion of the BEP Extension, you will retake the official BEP assessment to enter UQ.

Academic Communication Skills is a three-week program which provides you with the opportunity to develop your academic language skills and learn more about studying in Australia.  You are eligible to join ACS if you have been accepted into a UQ degree and successfully complete the BEP Advantage.

ACS will provide you with the skills to:

  • understand assessment questions
  • plan to meet assessment requirements
  • learn how to avoid plagiarism
  • learn how to write essays
  • produce annotated bibliographies.

BEP Standard

The BEP Standard finishes immediately before the start of the UQ semester. If you do not achieve your required English level to enter your degree, you will need to defer the start of your degree until the following semester.

Summary

Entry requirements

Duration

10 to 30 weeks, depending on your English level and UQ program entry requirements.

Tuition

20 hours in class each week and tasks outside class.

Fees

Around $455 per week for tuition.  

Assessment

Assignments and weekly progress tests. Read more about  BEP assessment.

How to apply

Start by finding a program (degree).  You can ask questions and apply online, or contact a local UQ student advisor to help you apply.

Takeaway

Fees and dates

2017 tuition fees ($AUD)

Enrolment length Tuition Student services & materials Total inc $220 enrolment fee if applicable
10 weeks $4,550 $100 $4,870
15 weeks $6,825 $150 $7,195
20 weeks $9,100 $200 $9,520
25 weeks $11,375 $250 $11,845
30 weeks $13,650 $300 $14,170
ACS (optional) $800 - $800
BEP Extension (optional) $,1365 $30 $1,395

For entry into a UQ program commencing Semester 2, 2017

BEP Advantage (recommended)

IELTS score Program BEP dates
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 20 9 January - 5 June 2017
6.0 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 15 13 February - 5 June 2017
6.0 overall, 6.0 minimum for writing,
no score less than 5.5
BEP 10 27 March - 5 June 2017
  ACS 19 June  - 7 July 2017
  BEP extension  19 June - 10 July 2017

BEP Standard

IELTS score Program BEP dates
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.0 BEP 25 9 January - 10 July 2017
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 20 13 February - 10 July 2017
6.0 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 15 27 March - 10 July 2017
6.0 overall, 6.0 minimum for writing,
no score less than 5.5 
BEP 10 2 May  - 10 July 2017

 

For entry into a UQ program commencing Semester 1, 2018

BEP Advantage (recommended)

IELTS score Program BEP dates
5.0 overall, no score less than 5.0 BEP 30 2 May 2017 - 18 December 2017
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.0 BEP 25 12 June 2017 - 18 December 2017
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 20 24 July 2017 - 18 December 2017
6.0 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 15 28 August - 18 December 2017
6.0 overall, 6.0 minimum for writing,
no score less than 5.5
BEP 10 9 October 2017 - 18 December 2017
  ACS 15 January - 2 February 2018
  BEP Extension 15 January - 2 February 2018

BEP Standard

IELTS score Program BEP dates
5.0 overall, no score less than 5.0 BEP 30 12 June 2017 - 12 February 2018
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.0 BEP 25 24 July 2017 - 12 February 2018
5.5 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 20 28 August 2017 - 12 February 2018
6.0 overall, no score less than 5.5 BEP 15 9 October 2017 - 12 February 2018
6.0 overall, 6.0 minimum for writing,
no score less than 5.5
BEP 10 13 November 2017 - 12 February 2018

Preferred provider health cover fees

Student visa holders are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover.  After receiving your enrolment, ICTE-UQ will calculate the exact period you will require 'Overseas Student Health Cover' provided by Allianz Global Assistance and include the fees in your Offer Letter.

Enrolment Period

Student only cover Dual Family cover* Multi Family cover+
10 weeks AUD$ 220 - 275 AUD$ 1,077 AUD$ 1,558
15 weeks AUD$ 275 - 330  AUD$ 1,292 AUD$ 1,870
20 weeks AUD$ 376 AUD$ 1,473 AUD$ 2,393
25 weeks AUD$ 469 AUD$ 1,834 AUD$ 2,654
30 weeks AUD$ 516 AUD$ 2,014 AUD$ 2,915
35 weeks AUD$ 562 AUD$ 2,195 AUD$ 3,176
40 weeks AUD$ 717 AUD$ 2,756 AUD$ 3,999
45 weeks AUD$ 880 AUD$ 3,328 AUD$ 4,840

* Dual Family Cover = 1 student + 1 adult partner (spouse or de-facto) OR 1 student + 1 or more children
+ Multi Family Cover = 1 student + 1 adult partner (spouse or de-facto) + 1 or more children

These figures are based on the number of weeks per course. In some cases, your Student Visa duration may be longer to allow for extra session breaks. 

Homestay

Placement fee $250
Weekly fee  $250
Late payment fee $50

Airport transfers (each way)

Brisbane airport $110
Coolangatta airport (Gold Coast) $235
'No show' fee $30-60

What our students are doing

Ignacio Javier Gonzalez Aravena

Ignacio Javier Gonzalez Aravena (Chile)
Completed Bridging English Program and now studying a Masters at UQ

My experience at ICTE-UQ was fantastic, not only academically but also personally. The teachers and my classmates were very friendly.  The teachers are professional with many years of experience in teaching English, and they are very supportive of all the students.

The UQ campus is a beautiful place for studying because it has all the facilities necessary for learning and networking. In my case, I made many friends from all over the world.

Nowadays, I am studying a Master of Technology and Innovation Management in the Faculty of Business at UQ. My studies at both ICTE-UQ, and UQ have given me the chance to face several challenges in a business context.