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English Pathway

Your English language pathway to James Cook University.

The James Cook University English Pathway is designed to help you improve your English and meet the requirements for your desired degree program.

Fast facts

Location

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

The English Pathway is only available to international students with offers to study at JCU Townsville or Cairns campuses.

Commencing

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

Fees

  • AUD$300 per week for 11-week program (consisting of 22 hours of study per week)
  • 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.

Duration

Program is delivered in 11-week blocks
Students may need to take multiple blocks of 10-weeks in order to achieve desired English proficiency. 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 for a place in the English Pathway program, along with a conditional offer for the undergraduate or postgraduate program you applied for at JCU.

If the JCU IELTS course requirement is 6.5 or higher:
For all other English levels, students will receive a ‘conditional offer’ from JCU, and should contact TIES directly for admission to the English Program. Once you receive an offer from TIES, JCU will provide you with a packaged offer for your chosen degree. You will need to complete an IELTS or PTE test to meet the English language entry requirements.

The English Pathway is a 11-week course, offered by the Townsville International English School. The program is designed to improve 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 to ensure success.

For those students able to transfer directly to JCU, the TIES program will equip you with all the necessary skills and abilities to successfully complete your university education.

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 for a place in the English Pathway program, along with a conditional offer for the undergraduate or postgraduate program you applied for at JCU.

If the JCU IELTS course requirement is 6.5 or higher:
For all other English levels, students will receive a ‘conditional offer’ from JCU, and should contact TIES directly for admission to the English Program. Once you receive an offer from TIES, JCU will provide you with a packaged offer for your chosen degree.

The direct entry English Pathway is not available to courses with English language requirements listed under Bands 2, 3a, 3b and 3c of the JCU Admissions Policy Schedule II.

Following successful completion of your English program 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 requirements.