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Improve your English in social and work situations and get a foundation for more advanced learning.


We will test you before you start and place you in a class that suits your English level and personal goals. General English is offered at 7 levels so you can start and finish your program at the level you need.

I have had the chance to meet people from lots of countries. I really enjoyed the classroom environment. There was lots of opportunities to share opinions. -Henrique, Brazil

What will you learn?

Through this course, you will learn to:

  • use English with greater confidence
  • develop your ability to understand real-life conversations and television programs
  • read with greater understanding
  • speak with increasing fluency, clarity and accuracy
  • extend and apply your existing grammar knowledge
  • understand both formal and everyday English.

What will you do?

You will learn through interacting with your teacher and other students in pairs and groups.  Classes will be based around interesting topics and use a mix of course materials, including books, television, radio and digital. 

Course content focuses on the development of communication skills with a balance of speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks.

Bring your own devicelaptop icon

You are encouraged to bring your own device to class to assist with studies (laptop or tablet).

Sample timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Language in use: Speaking skills Integrated skills: Reading Integrated skills: Listening Integrated skills: Speaking Language in use: Reading skills
Language in use: Listening skills Integrated skills: Vocabulary Integrated skills: Punctuation Integrated skills: Grammar Language in use: Writing skills


Entry requirements

None - you will be tested on your first day to determine your course and class level.


5 - 45 weeks in 5 week blocks.  Students usually study for 10 weeks at each course level.


20 hours face-to-face classes and five hours of SKILL-UP learning each week.

Fees and dates

Around $400 per week for tuition. 


Tests every 5 weeks. Read more.


Course dates and fees

Enrolment length Tuition  Student services & materials

Total inc $220 enrolment fee

5 weeks $2,000 $50 $2,270
10 weeks $4,000 $100 $4,320
15 weeks $6,000 $150 $6,370
20 weeks $8,000 $200 $8,420
25 weeks $10,000 $250 $10,470
30 weeks $12,000 $300 $12,520
35 weeks $14,000 $350 $14,570
40 weeks $16,000 $400 $16,620
45 weeks $18,000 $450 $18,670


1. 9 January - 10 February 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks (ESP : TESOL A)
2. 13 February - 17 March 2017 5 weeks  5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks (ESP : TESOL B)
3. 27 March - 28 April 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
4. 2 May - 2 June 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
5. 12 June - 14 July 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
6. 24 July - 25 August 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
7. 28 August - 29 September 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
8. 9 October - 10 November 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  
9. 13 November - 15 December 2017 5 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks  

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. 


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


  • Please note that if you are enrolling for 30 weeks or more you do not need to pay all your fees upfront. See payment periods for when you need to pay.
  • If you are enrolling for less than 30 weeks, payment of all fees is required a month before you start.

English language pathways

General English can prepare you for life, work, travel or open doors to further study.

Study pathways table

CEFR level

Our courses align with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The column on the left-hand side refers to the CEFR level for each course.

How long do you need to study? 

Work out how long you may need to study English to reach your goal.


What our students are doing

Cindy Youngshin (Korea)
Completed General English and is now training to be an English teacher

My time at ICTE-UQ was extremely joyful, as I had the opportunity to study interesting topics and to be taught by brilliant teachers. Fortunately, my experience at UQ was not only limited to classes but clubs as well. My times in conversation club and chorus club had broadened my experience at UQ via being able to engage in various activities. Also I made many friends from different countries which increased my knowledge and understanding of different cultures.

I was fascinated by how people from different backgrounds who had spoken different language throughout their whole lives, were able to converse through one language. This connection that can exist through the English language has inspired me to set a new goal, by spreading the language to my own people as well. 

I have taken my first step by taking a TESOL course where I will learn how to teach English.

Get in touch

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St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

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