Essential Academic English (EAE)

Build the vital Academic English skills for your pathway to university.

  • Intermediate

  • 10 Months

Why study EAE?

  • EAE prepares you for UEEC

  • You will build your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

  • You will be exposed to real course material from UNSW

  • It is taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers


Build the vital English skills you need to thrive at university. Essential Academic English prepares you for the University English Entry Course (UEEC) or IELTS Test Preparation.

Content Content

Develop your skills in:

  • Academic writing and grammar skills 
  • Reading and research skills using academic texts 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Pronunciation and spoken English skills for presentations and academic discussion 
  • Academic listening and note taking skills

Sample Timetable

Classes may be scheduled in the morning or the afternoon at our Kensington or Randwick Campus

Morning class times: 9.00 - 11.00am and 11.30 am - 1.30pm
Afternoon class times: 1.30 - 3.30pm and 4.00 - 6.00pm


9:00am - 11.30am
Weekly Grammar and vocabulary review and short test
Language 1: Revising tenses and verb patterns-Present Simple

11:30am - 1:30pm
Writing Skills: Analysing simple sentence clause structure and preparing to write a biography


Entry Requirements

Test / CertificateGeneral requirementBusiness, Law (UG & PG coursework), Build Environment (UG & PG coursework, Reserach), Arts and Social Sciences (PG coursework), Medicine (UG coursework)
IELTS (academic module)5.0 Overall, Writing 5.0 (sub-scores no less than 4.5)5.5 Overall, Writing 5.5 (sub-scores no less than 4.5)
TOEFL (paper based)483 Overall, TWE 4.0513 Overall, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet)56 Overall, Writing 1465 Writing 18
Pearson Test of English38 Overall, Writing 3846 Overall, Writing 46

AUD $5,600 per course (2019)

14 October- 20 December 2019

AUD $5,650 per course (2020)

6 Jan- 13 March 2020
10 Feb -17 April 2020
25 May – 31 July 2020
29 June – 4 September 2020
12 Oct -18 Dec 2020

intakes 2021

4 January 12 March 2021
8 February 16 April 2021
24 May-30 July 2021
8 June-3 September 2021

Important information

You will be placed in an appropriate class based on a test score under the following conditions:

  1. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of the enrolment date.
  2. If you have variations in test sub-scores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
  3. UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement test to confirm appropriate course placement.
  4. UNSW Institute of Languages reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
  5. Progression into the next English course level depends on your achievement in course assessments. You may progress more quickly or slowly than the indication in weeks provided in this table.
  6. UNSW Institute of Languages also accepts Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).
  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses