English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)


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.

ELICOS program

We take new enrolments every 5 weeks.

2018 Course Dates – General English and English for Further Study Purposes

Prahran Preston
20 August – 21 September 27 August – 28 September
24 September – 26 October 1 October – 2 November
5 November – 7 December – Upper Intermediate only 12 November – 14 December

2019 Course Dates – General English and English for Further Study Purposes

Preston and Prahran
7 January – 8 February (Prahran – Upper Intermediate class only)
11 February – 15 March
25 March – 27 April
29 April – 31 May
11 June – 12 July
15 July – 16 August
26 August – 27 September
30 September – 1 November
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

The Bridging Program is not offered at Prahran

2019 Preston Intakes

2 January – 1 February

11 June – 12 July

2020 Preston Intakes

6 January – 7 February

9 June – 10 July

The Bridging Program is not offered at Prahran

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

Upper Intermediate

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

International Students






Prahran, Preston


Full-time: available
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 Delivery



  • Tuition fees per week: $300
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Entrance Requirements

There 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 Methods

Assessment will be based on one or more of the following:
  • assignments
  • group/individual oral presentations
  • tests


Lists of materials required and book lists are provided at the start of the course.

Pathways to further study

Move to a more advanced English language course. Commence a formal study program at Melbourne Polytechnic or another institution.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
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