About the course

lectureThis course is for international students with an unconditional offer of a place in a UQ program. The course will enable you to develop your academic language skills, learn more about living and studying in Australia and meet other UQ international students.

ACS will help you to:

  • understand assessment questions to meet assessment requirements
  • practice and learn how to avoid plagiarism
  • write essays that accurately and cohesively synthesise library research
  • produce annotated bibliographies
  • write effective emails to university lecturers and administration
  • participate in practice tutorials
  • give oral presentations.

Importantly, you will receive feedback from teachers on your academic writing and speaking.

Course dates

This course is run before Semesters 1 and 2 commence, subject to sufficient enrolments.

Semester 1 2019

Course dates: Monday 14 January - Friday 1 February 2019
Application and payment deadline: Friday 4 January 2019

Semester 2 2019

Course dates: Monday 17 June  - Friday 5 July 2019
Application and payment deadline: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Course fees AUD$

$860 + $60 Materials and Student Services Fee

Sample lesson plan

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Session 1 Writing for academic purposes: Locating sources in the library Writing for academic purposes: Paraphrasing Writing for academic purposes: Synthesising research in essays Writing for academic purposes: Drafting essays Speaking in tutorials: group work with Australian students
Session 2 Oral presentations: Using your voice effectively Assessment at UQ: Understanding assessment questions Oral presentations: Answering questions Assessment at UQ: Vocabulary building strategies Informal academic communications: Requesting extensions


Please email ICTE Admissions to express interest in this course.

Email ICTE Admissions

Enrol online for Academic Communication Skills (ACS)

What our students say

Erika Mancilla

The excellent level of teaching at ICTE provided me with the academic and English language skills to succeed in my UQ postgraduate studies.

ACS also gave me the opportunity to learn more about Australian culture and to make friends from other countries before the start of semester.

Erika Rincon Mancilla, Mexico
Master of Business (International Event Management)