Bridging English Program

Why choose the Bridging English Program?

Bridging English (BEP) provides direct entry to undergraduate, postgraduate and Study Abroad programs at The University of Queensland (UQ). It is designed to prepare you for academic success at UQ.

If you pass the tests in the course, you do not need to take an IELTS test again. This course will be offered to you if you apply for a UQ program and need to improve your English for entry. You do not apply for this course directly to UQ-ICTE. The BEP course will be included in your The University of Queensland package offer.

Bridging English will help you to develop the English language abilities and skills needed for UQ program commencement. 

Bridging English develops English language proficiency in all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), as well as systematically building your range of vocabulary and control of grammar.

The course offers multiple entrance points to provide you with more flexibility and a better transition to further study programs. Weekly progress tests will ensure you are on track with your academic progress to reach your English language goals. Every five weeks you will have the opportunity for one-on-one consultation sessions to develop individualised study plans with your teacher.

Your final results are forwarded by UQ-ICTE to UQ International to show that you meet the English language requirements for entry to your UQ degree program.

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

How to apply

Visit Applying for Undergraduate Study for more information about package offers for undergraduate study.

Visit Applying for Postgraduate Study to learn more about package offers from UQ for postgraduate study. 

All applications for BEP are accepted through the UQ International admissions process. If you would like help with your application, please contact UQ International or a UQ representative in your country.

Course details


You need to meet the academic requirements for entry to the UQ program and be within the specified range of English language proficiency for that program. Minimum entry is IELTS 5 or recognised equivalent for most programs, with some programs requiring a higher level.


Around $480 per week for tuition. View fees.


10 to 30 weeks, depending on your English level. View how long do you need to study.


Start dates throughout the year. Your start date will be based on your current level of English, an estimate of how long you need to take to get to the required level and the start date for your UQ Program. You can choose to finish just before your UQ program starts, or earlier. View dates.


Full-time: 20 hours per week in class, 12 to 18 hours per week on tasks outside of class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8.15am-12:45pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm - 5.30pm

Class size

Maximum 18 students per class.


You will need to bring your own laptop with Google Chrome installed as your browser. You will use your device to complete online tests in class, complete homework tasks in online workbooks, and access materials in the UQ Blackboard online learning management system.


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.

Course options

BEP Advantage (recommended)

BEP Advantage allows extra time at the end of the program before the UQ semester starts.

With this extra time, you have more options. You can:

  • take a break from study before your UQ program starts
  • take the BEP Extension course if you do not succeed at BEP assessment first time, or
  • take an Academic Communication Skills (ACS) course to further prepare you for your program.

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

Academic Communication Skills (ACS) provides you with the opportunity to meet other new international students, 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 have successfully completed the BEP Advantage.  

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.

Want to study a degree program at The University of Queensland?

Read about English language pathways to UQ and find a pathway to suit you.

What our students say

From Bridging English to a Master of Communication at 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 program here .

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