English for Academic Purposes

Learn English for life and further study

Study English language with a course at UQ's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course is the best way to prepare for an academic IELTS test and gain practical academic skills and language. 

What you will learn:

  • express facts, ideas and opinions in writing, using correct and appropriate vocabulary, grammatical structures and other features of academic writing
  • apply a range of reading skills in order to understand and respond to a variety of written texts
  • speak clearly and confidently
  • understand spoken English in conversations, discussions, lectures and to take notes
  • use a range of study skills including research skills, in order to gather, combine and critically examine information and ideas from different sources
  • apply the skills and language studied to the IELTS test. 

Course modules

IELTS Preparation
• Get ready for the four modules of IELTS
• Build speed and accuracy in speaking and writing
• Practice reading and listening to IELTS style material
Academic Skills
• Develop the skills and confidence you need as a university student
• Increase your reading speed and comprehension
• Communicate clearly and effectively in conversations and presentations

Sample timetable

Class structure: 

  • 20 contact hours per week
  • Access to additional online and self-directed learning resources
  • You may be placed in a morning or afternoon session based on your course and class level.
  • Up to 18 students per class
Morning session
(8:15 am - 12:45 pm)
  Afternoon session
(1:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
Monday - Friday   Monday - Friday  
Class 8:15 am - 10:15 am Class 1:00 pm - 3:00pm
Break 10:15 am - 10:45 am Break 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Class 10:45 am - 12:45 pm Class 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Entry requirements

English for Academic Purposes is offered at three entry points - IELTS 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0 (or recognised equivalent).

Click here to see entry requirements

Computer / Laptop

We recommend that you bring your own laptop for classes on campus. For online classes, you must have your own computer and internet access.


Your teachers will provide informal feedback throughout the course. Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session.  Read more about assessment and certification.

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Academic English

Length: From 5 - 30 weeks

Dates: Classes start every 5 weeks. Check for course start dates

Fees: Tuition fees will vary depending on course duration. Learn more

Entry criteria: EAP has three entry points – IELTS 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0. Check full entry requirements

Levels: Three levels

Hours per week: 20 hours in face-to-face or online class

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Related courses

If you are seeking entry to a university, take an Academic IELTS test with us

If you are seeking entry to a specific program at UQ, you can apply for a package offer.

If you go on to a degree program at UQ, you can attend free English for Academic Communication courses to support your studies.


Apply for Academic English


If you have an IELTS (or other recognised) test result, please include a copy with your application.


You may also find answers to your questions in our information for new and current students.

Enquiries can be emailed to admissions@icte.uq.edu.au

Contact us with any questions or concerns - we're here to help.