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Essential Academic English Course (EAE)

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

10 weeks

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.


Course 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

Alternative English test results accepted due to COVID-19

The following tests will be accepted for UNSW Global programs until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will have the same entry requirements as those set for IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT. Scroll down for entry requirements.
  • Duolingo English Test will be accepted for applications from China and Iran. See entry requirements for Duolingo here.
  • English Language Test scores and prior studies in English (including High School) will be accepted for tests completed no more than:
    • Three years before the intended start date in Foundation Studies or Diploma program
    • Two years before the intended start date in an English language course
Test / CertificateGeneral requirementUndergraduate: Medicine, Built Environment, Business & Law Postgraduate: Business & Law, Built Environment, Arts & Social Sciences
IELTS5.0, Writing 5.0 (sub-scores 4.5)5.5, Writing 5.5 (sub-scores 4.5)
TOEFL (paper)483, TWE 4.0513, TWE 4.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet)56, Writing 1465, Writing 18
Pearson Test of English38, Writing 3846, Writing 46
UNSW Global ProgramsD, Wiriting DD+, Writing D+
HKDSE English22, Writing 3

Term 14 January - 12 March
Term 28 February - 16 April
Term 524 May - 30 July
Term 68 June - 3 September
Term 86 September - 12 November
Term 912 October - 18 December11 October - 17 December
FeesAUD $5,650*TBC

* Price is indicative only

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

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