Study English

English language programs at Cairns and Townsville can be your pathway to university or your ticket to a new opportunity. Choose the English language program right for you.

English Language Pathways

English Language Pathway

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

This program is a pathway to gain entry into your chosen JCU undergraduate or postgraduate degree. If you don’t meet the English language entry requirements English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is for you.

Studying EAP will develop the skills required for your chosen university course. Your entry level is determined by your current English language capacity and the degree that you intend to enrol into at university. EAP can be studied at four different levels, and:

  • Prepares you for your undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • Improves your reading, writing, speaking and listening in English
  • Equips you to present information, concepts and ideas on a variety of topics
  • Enables you to express feelings and emotions, exchange opinions, and make observations in English
  • Improves your research skills.

Many students who meet the academic entry requirements for entry into a JCU degree, but not the English language entry requirements, receive a ‘packaged offer’ consisting of a period of academic English language studies, plus an offer into a JCU course.

Some courses, such as the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, the Bachelor of Nursing Science, and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, will require an IELTS test after completion of the EAP program and prior to an offer being made into that course.

The JCU's EAP program (CRICOS course code 089159G) is taught by professional English language teachers in small class sizes with a student ratio of 1:18, meaning you will have full support during your studies.

Program information (EAP)

Enter WithCourseExit WithDurationDates 2018Course Tuition Fees
IELTS 5.0
or equivalent English test
EAP Level 2IELTS 5.5

10 week block

12 Feb  – 20 Apr

8 May – 13 Jul

13 Aug  – 19 Oct

12 Nov  – 1 Feb

$3,380
IELTS 5.5
or equivalent English test
EAP Level 3

IELTS 6.0

10 week block

12 Feb  – 20 Apr

8 May – 13 Jul

13 Aug  – 19 Oct

12 Nov  – 1 Feb

$3,380
IELTS 6.0
or equivalent English test
EAP Level 4IELTS 6.5

10 week block

12 Feb  – 20 Apr

8 May – 13 Jul

13 Aug  – 19 Oct

12 Nov  – 1 Feb

$3,380
IELTS 6.5
or equivalent English test

EAP Level 5

IELTS 7.0

10 week block

12 Feb  – 20 Apr

8 May – 13 Jul

13 Aug  – 19 Oct

12 Nov  – 1 Feb

$3,380

*JCU accepts IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson official English test scores for entry into EAP courses. Alternatively, a JCU Placement test can be taken to determine entry. Contact International Admissions for more information.

** A 60% pass rate applies to all levels. A minimum of 80% attendance is required.

English language tests minimum scores

To find out which degrees have specific English entry requirements, and to check the minimum English language scores for your chosen degree, please visit: English language tests minimum scores.

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