From beginner to advanced levels, you can improve your English skills with our English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). You will focus on how to speak, to listen, to read, and to write. You will learn practical English for work, study, and everyday situations.
We also offer an ELICOS Bridging Program for students who wish to go on to study Certificate, Diploma, or Bachelor courses.
At the end of each class, you will have an opportunity to study independently and to discuss your progress with our friendly and approachable teachers.
ELICOS runs at the Preston and Prahran campuses.
The duration of this course depends on your goals. You can study for a minimum of 5 weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks. There are 9 intakes per year.
You are required to attend 20 hours of classes per week from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 1pm
Between 1.30pm and 2.30 from Monday to Friday, you can choose to do some guided independent learning where you can also talk about your progress. This extra hour is optional, but we highly recommend that you attend so that you get the best value from your learning experience.
- $300 AUD per week.
- Please note: We charge the international student fee (displayed in the Fees section) on a weekly basis.
To enrol, please apply directly to Melbourne Polytechnic’s International Office.
We take new enrolments every 5 weeks.
2018 Course Dates – General English and English for Further Study Purposes
|8 January – 9 February|
|12 February – 16 March|
|19 March – 20 April||26 March – 27 April|
|23 April – 25 May||30 April – 1 June|
|4 June – 6 July||11 June – 13 July|
|9 July – 10 August||16 July – 17 August|
|20 August – 21 September||27 August – 28 September|
|24 September – 26 October||1 October – 2 November|
|5 November – 7 December||12 November – 14 December|
2019 Course Dates – General English and English for Further Study Purposes
|2 January – 1 February||7 January – 8 February|
|4 February – 8 March||11 February – 15 March|
|18 March – 19 April||25 March – 27 April|
|23 April – 24 May||29 April – 31 May|
|3 June – 5 July||11 June – 12 July|
|8 July – 9 August||15 July – 16 August|
|19 August – 20 September||26 August – 27 September|
|23 September – 25 October||30 September – 1 November|
|4 November – 6 December||11 November – 13 December|
2020 Course Dates – General English and English for Further Study Purposes
|Prahran and Preston|
|6 January – 7 February|
|10 February – 13 March|
|23 March – 24 April|
|27 April – 29 May|
|9 June – 10 July|
|13 July – 14 August|
|24 August – 25 September|
|28 September – 30 October|
|9 November – 11 December|
English Language Bridging Program
2018 Preston Intakes
2 January – 2 February
12 June – 13 July
2019 Preston and Prahran Intakes
2 January – 1 February
12 June – 12 July
2020 Preston Intakes
6 January – 7 February
9 June – 10 July
|Melbourne Polytechnic ELICOS Level||Description||CEF level*|
|I speak fluently and understand well. I still make many small mistakes but others understand most of the time. I will be comfortable learning in Australian Higher Education||C1|
|I speak, write and understand well but still make mistakes and others can’t understand me sometimes. I will be comfortable learning in Australian Further Education||B2|
|I can speak, write and understand reasonably well and can use basic tenses but have problems with more complex grammar and vocabulary||B1|
|Pre-intermediate||I can communicate simply and understand in familiar situations but only with some difficulty||A2|
|Elementary||I can say, write and understand a few things in English||A1/2|
|Beginner||I do not speak or write any English yet|
*CEF – The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
5-50 weeks (9 intakes per year). Minimum 5 weeks. 4-week Summer School for students commencing Certificate/Diploma/Bachelor courses.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
- Tuition fees per week: $300
Entrance RequirementsThere are no entry requirements for this course. Students wishing to sit the IELTS English Language Test may apply to the IELTS Test Centre at Melbourne Polytechnic. For more information, contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Course Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400.
Assessment MethodsAssessment will be based on one or more of the following:
- group/individual oral presentations
MaterialsLists of materials required and book lists are provided at the start of the course.
Pathways to further studyMove to a more advanced English language course. Commence a formal study program at Melbourne Polytechnic or another institution.