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General English (CRICOS Code 070714G)
English for Further Studies (CRICOS Code 070715G)
Advanced IELTS Preparation Program (CRICOS: 079023G)

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program includes General English and English for further studies (English for Academic Purposes).


  • La Trobe Melbourne was the first University Language Centre in Melbourne and has more than 36 years experience teaching English to International Students.
  • Flexible start dates, every 5 weeks
  • Have access to La Trobe University's great facilities


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English courses

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (known as ELICOS) includes General English, English for further studies (English for Academic Purposes), plus English programs for specific purposes.

Students studying English have access to the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), student advisory and support services, computer and language laboratories, field trips and excursions, cultural studies, and language and social activities, to explore and live the Australian experience. English language students also have access to and use of La Trobe University's campus facilities.

There are two shifts for English language programs:

Shift 1 9.00 to 11.00am 1.00 to 3.00pm
Shift 2 11.00am to 1.00pm 3.00 to 5.00pm

Note: You must be available for either shift.

Students can participate in the free Learner Support Sessions to enhance their skills. These sessions may include:

  • Using the Media to learn English
  • Listening through song
  • IELTS preparation
  • Speaking Skills
  • Paraphrasing and summary writing
  • Academic Writing
  • Reading Skills
  • Ready for work?
  • Song gaps
  • English through drama
  • Vocabulary for academic writing

General English


For everyday use at all levels. Gain competence in:

  • Core skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Computer skills, language laboratory
  • Courses include excursions, as well as social and recreational activities

(CRICOS: 070714G)

English for Further Studies (EFS)


Critical language and academic skills development. EFS is also for students seeking direct entry to La Trobe University diploma, and undergraduate/postgraduate degree programs. Students gain vital skills and familiarity in an Australian academic setting; develop independent study techniques and gain an understanding of student/lecturer relations and expectations through:

  • Library and project research
  • Academic reading, listening and note taking
  • Presentations and public speaking
  • Academic essay and report writing
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Academic study skills

(CRICOS: 070715G)

Advanced IELTS Preparation Program


This course is designed to prepare advanced level students for the IELTS Examination and aims to lift students' current IELTS score by 0.5 over a 10-week period. Students may be permitted to study for 5 weeks but progress on the IELTS examination will be significantly less. The course is designed to prepare students for both the Academic and General modules of the IELTS exam.

A range of IELTS-related speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks and skill building activities will be used to provide full preparation for the IELTS exam. Students will undertake 4 practice tests progressively throughout the duration of the 10 week program to measure their progress in reading, listening and writing. One speaking practice interview will be conducted in Week 10. Communicative and interactive teaching methods will be used throughout the course.

(CRICOS: 079023G)

English for Specific Purposes


Teacher professional development

La Trobe Melbourne tailors professional development programs for prestigious institutions and Education Ministries from around the world to train and enhance teaching skills. This collective experience also benefits trainees who gain insight into a diverse range of international teaching settings.

Levels and Outcomes


English for Further Studies Entry requirements

English Level IELTS TOEFL (iBT) Pearson's Exit to
EFS 3 4.5 (minimum writing score 4.5) 47 38 -
EFS 4 5.0 (minimum writing score 5.0) 55 40 Foundation Studies/ Diploma program
EFS 5 5.5 (minimum writing score 5.5) 65 48 UG (IELTS 6.0); Diploma Program
EFS 6 6.0 (minimum writing score 6.0) 80 (no band <20) 61 or 68 PG (IELTS 6.5)


Course Fees


English Language Programs

Weekly Course Fees 2014 (Contact Hours: 20 hours per week)

  • General English A$420
  • English for Further Studies (EFS) A$420

Additional Fees and Services

  1. Enrolment and Orientation fee A$220
  2. ELICOS - students will need to purchase one textbook from the University bookshop every 10 weeks. The approximate cost of each textbook will be $50-$80.
  3. Accommodation Placement fee A$220 (*Students wishing to use this service must complete the relevant section on the application form, and pay with tuition and other fees. Every time you use this service to change accommodation, you will be required to pay an additional fee of A$200. *Please note this is non-refundable.)
  4. Airport Pick up - To assist you with your arrival in Melbourne, La Trobe Melbourne provides an airport pickup service. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation upon arrival. This service will cost A$120 (one way) or A$160 (return). Click here to download the Airport Pickup Request form.
    • The request form must be submitted at least 3 working days before your arrival date. Airport pickup requests cannot be processed without a completed form.
    • Keep a copy of your completed form for your reference. Once your airport pickup is booked you will receive a confirmation email.
  5. Special group tuition fee A$120
  6. Carer Fee
    • Initial 4 weeks is A$150
    • Additional weeks (per week) A$35
  7. *The Carer Fee is a compulsory fee for students under 18 years of age, studying at the College on a student visa until they turn 18.

  8. OSHC: Required for Student Visa
    • Individual (Approx. per month) A$33
    • Family (Approx. per month) A$66

    *OSHC: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory Health Insurance plan for students who are on a student visa. OSHC is provided by World care. Rates are calculated monthly and are calculated according to the duration of your enrolment. Fees are valid from 1 June 2010 and are subject to possible increase in 2011. For further details of OSHC, please refer to www.oshcworldcare

Start Dates


Course dates 2015

Terms Start Date
(Placement test)
Classes start End of 5 weeks Public Holidays/Study breaks
T1 02 January 06 January 06 February 26 January (Australia Day Holiday)
T2 12 February 16 February 20 March -
T3 19 March 23 March 24 April 03 - 7 April (Easter)
T4 23 April 28 April 29 May 27 April (ANZAC Day)
T5 04 June 09 June 10 July 08 June (Queen's birthday)
T6 09 July 13 July 14 August -
T7 20 August 24 August 25 September -
T8 24 September 28 September 30 October -
T9 05 November 09 November 11 December -