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.

General English (GE)

General English is taught in intensive courses, with 25 contact hours per week (full-time) or daily rate (part-time).

Course options: Elementary to Advanced levels.

General English courses are designed to:

  • Develop formal English proficiency skills as well as language skills for general purposes
  • Provide students with a foundation of essential English language skills required in educational and professional workplace environments
  • Focus on intensive learning for higher performance and achievement of outcomes.
  • Develop your skills in English to a point where you can progress to the Direct Entry English Program (DEEP 1)

Program information (EAP and GE)

Enter WithCourseExit WithDurationDates 2017Course Tuition Fees
IELTS 3.0–3.5 or equivalent English testGeneral English (GE) IntroductionIELTS 4.0–4.510 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan 

$3,250
IELTS 4.0–4.5 or equivalent English testGeneral English (GE) Level 1IELTS 4.5–5.010 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250

IELTS 4.5-5.0 or equivalent English testGeneral English (GE) Level 2IELTS 5.010 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250
IELTS 5.0 or equivalent English testEAP Level 2IELTS 5.5

10 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English testEAP Level 3

IELTS 6.0

10 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent English testEAP Level 4IELTS 6.5

10 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent English test

EAP Level 5

IELTS 7.0

10 week block

13 Feb  – 21 Apr 

8 May – 14 Jul 

7 Aug  – 13 Oct 

6 Nov  – 26 Jan

$3,250

*JCU accepts IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson official English test scores for entry into GE or EAP courses. Alternatively, a JCU Placement test can be taken to determine entry. Contact internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au 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.