Essential Academic English (EAE)

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

  • Intermediate

  • 10 weeks

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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

wdt_ID Test / Certificate General requirement UNSW Business School post graduate UNSW Law Faculty students
1 IELTS (academic module) 5.0 Overall, Writing 5.0 No score less than 4.5 5.5 Overall, Writing 5.0 (sub-scores no less than 4.5*) 5.5 Overall, Writing 5.5 (sub-scores no less than 5.0)
2 TOEFL (paper based) 483 Overall, TWE 4.0 513 Overall, TWE 4.0 513 Overall, TWE 4.5
3 TOEFL iBT (Internet) 56 Overall, Writing 14 65 Writing 18 65 Overall, Writing 18
4 Cambridge Advanced English 154 Overall, Writing 154 162 Overall, Writing 154 162 Overall, Writing 162
5 Pearson Test of English 38 Overall, Writing 38 46 Overall, Writing 46 46 Overall, Writing 46

Dates and Fees

AUD $5,600 per course (2019)

wdt_ID Term Dates
4 1 and 2 7 January - 15 March 2019
5 2 and 3 11 February - 18 April 2019
6 5 and 6 27 May - 2 August 2019
7 6 and 7 1 July - 6 September 2019

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).