English Pathway

The JCU English Pathway is a bridging course designed to help you develop the written and spoken English language skills required for university study in Australia.

Fast facts


Face-to-face or online program offered by the Townsville International English School.

This course is only available to international students with offers to study at JCU Townsville or Cairns campuses.


Weekly commencement intakes are available throughout the academic year. However, there are four recommended intake dates throughout the year.


  • AUD$300 per week for the 11-week program
  • AUD$250 - One-off enrolment fee
  • AUD$100 - IELTS assessment (required for transfers into programs over 6.0)

Fees are subject to change. Please contact the Townsville International English School to confirm.


The course is delivered in 11-week blocks, requiring 22 hours of study per week.
Students may need to take multiple blocks of 10-weeks in order to achieve the English language skill level required. A recommended length will be provided to students on application.

Entry requirements

If the JCU IELTS course requirement is 5.5 or 6.0:

If the JCU course English requirement is Band P or Band 1, and you have not yet achieved this, you will be provided with a ‘packaged offer’ which includes an offer to complete this bridging course, along with a conditional offer for the undergraduate or postgraduate degree you applied for at JCU.

This bridging course is designed to help you improve your English language proficiency and prepare for the IELTS test, when required. The program focuses on academic English and prepares students for all components of the exam.

For those students able to transfer directly to JCU, this course can help you develop the necessary skills and abilities to successfully complete your university education.

The JCU English Pathway bridging course is not suitable for courses with English language requirements listed under Bands 2, 3a, 3b and 3c of the JCU Admissions Policy Schedule II.

Following successful completion of this course, you will either be able to transfer directly to your chosen degree (up to IELTS 6.0) or undertake a PTE exam to allow transfer into degrees with higher English language skill requirements.