English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)


Melbourne Polytechnic offers the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at all levels from beginner to advanced (English for Academic Purposes). Studies concentrate on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Enrol with us and learn practical English for work, study and everyday situations and get off to a great start in your career and life!

Every teaching day, your final hour will be guided independent learning, where you have an opportunity to discuss your progress with your teacher – or you can just learn at your own speed instead

We are very excited to announce that from 2018, our ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) will be running in the Prahran Campus in addition to our existing Preston Campus.

This campus is located in the heart of one of the most vibrant, energetic and fashionable districts of Australia, offering countless bars, shops, choice art-culture and well-served public transport within metres in every direction. This location is the envy of all Melburnians.


  • 5-50 weeks, with a minimum of 5 weeks offered (9 intakes per year – see dates below)
  • Bridging Program for students commencing Certificate/Diploma/Bachelor courses (see date below)


  • Monday to Friday, 20 hours per week between 8.30am and 1pm – required
  • Monday to Friday, 5 hours per week between 1.30 and 2.30pm guided independent learning – optional

You are required to attend at least 4 contact hours per day to get minimum benefit (until 1pm), but the final hour – 1.30pm to 2.30pm, the Teacher Assisted Independent Learning (TAIL) – is highly recommended to get the greatest value and potential from your learning experience, and to complete your program as quickly as possible


  • AU$300 per week
  • Please note: the international fee as displayed in the Fees section is charged on a per week basis

To enrol, please apply directly to Melbourne Polytechnic’s International Office.

ELICOS program

New enrolments are taken every 5 weeks.

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

Prahran Preston
  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

English Language Bridging Program

2018 Preston Intakes

2 January – 2 February

12 June – 13 July

2019 Preston Intakes

2 January – 1 February

12 June – 12 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

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

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








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 Career 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 Career 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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