English for Further Studies

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

Critical language and academic skills development. It is aimed at student seeking direct entry to a foundation studies program, diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate degree. 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


CRICS Code 079164E

English courses

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (known as ELICOS) includes General English and English for further studies (English for Academic 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 which allows them to experience the full Australian University life. 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:

  • Academic Writing
  • Conversion with La Trobe University Students
  • English through drama
  • IELTS preparation
  • Listening through song
  • Paraphrasing and summary writing
  • Reading Skills
  • Ready for work
  • Speaking Skills
  • Using the Media to learn English
  • Vocabulary for academic writing


English Language Programs

Weekly Course Fees 2017 (Contact Hours: 20 hours per week)

  • General English A$440
  • English for Further Studies (EFS) A$440

Weekly Course Fees 2018 (Contact Hours: 20 hours per week)

  • General English A$450
  • English for Further Studies (EFS) A$450

Additional Fees and Services

    • Enrollment and Orientation fee A$220
    • 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.
    • 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.Any changes or cancellations must be made 72 hours before your arrival time
    • Carer Fee
      • Initial 4 weeks is A$150
      • Additional weeks (per week) A$35

*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.

  • OSHC: Required for Student Visa
    • Individual (Approx. per month) A$54
    • Family (Approx. per month) A$142

    *OSHC: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory Health Insurance plan for students who are on a student visa. OSHC is provided by Allianz Global Assistance. 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

Levels and Outcomes

View Course Information Chart for English Programs

English for Further Studies Entry requirements

English Level IELTS TOEFL (iBT) Pearson's Exit to
EFS 3 4.5 (minimum writing score 4.5) 34 30 -
EFS 4 5.0 (minimum writing score 5.0) 40 36 Foundation Studies/ Diploma of Business/Diploma of IT
EFS 5 5.5 (minimum writing score 5.5) 55 42 Undergraduate degrees/Diploma of Health Sciences/Diploma of Bioscience/Diploma of Media and Communications
EFS 6 6.0 (minimum writing score 6.0) 75 50 Postgraduate programs

English program dates

Course dates 2017

Terms Start date (placement test) Classes start End of 5 weeks Public holidays/ study breaks
T1 05 January  09 January 10 February 26 January (Australia day)
T2 09 February 13 February 17 March -
T3 16 March 20 March 28 April 14 - 18 April (Easter)
25 April (ANZAC day)
T4 27 April  01 May 02 June -
T5 08 June 13 June 14 July 12 June (Queen's birthday)
T6 13 July 17 July 18 August -
T7 24 August 28 August 29 September -
T8 28 September 02 October 03 November 07 November (Melbourne Cup)
T9 09 November 13 November 15 December -


Course dates 2018

Terms Start date (placement test) Classes start End of 5 weeks Public holidays/ study breaks
T1 4 January  8 January 9 February 26 January (Australia day)
T2 8 February 12 February 16 March -
T3 15 March 19 March 27 April 30 March - 3 April (Easter)
25 April (ANZAC day)
T4 26 April 30 April 1 June -
T5 7 June 12 June 13 July 11 June (Queen's birthday)
T6 12 July 16 July 17 August -
T7 23 August 27 August 28 September -
T8 27 September 1 October 2 November -
T9 8 November 12 November 14 December -