English language programs

Southern Cross University offers a supportive learning environment for our international students who need additional English language support through SCU College at our Gold Coast and Lismore campuses. Learning to study English in a regional university environment, provides lots of opportunities to practise and increases your confidence. 

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Course Lismore Coffs Harbour Gold Coast
English for Academic Purposes*  
General English*  
Study Tours

 *These courses are registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and the SCU College are fully accredited by National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

 Arrival information

2020/2021 Tuition costs:

  • $450 per week (20 hours face-to-face tuition + 5 hours self-study)
  • $240 enrolment fee (non-refundable).


  • $300 Workplace Observation placement fee.

2020/2021 Homestay costs: 

 Coffs HarbourLismoreGold Coast
Single (1 student per family, 18 years or over) $330 (2020)
$340 (2021)
$330 (2020)
$340 (2021)

$370 (2020)
$370 (2021)

Shared (2 or more students per family, 18 years or over) $300 (2020)
$315 (2021)
$300 (2020)
$315 (2021)
$340 (2020)
$340 (2021)
Single (1 student per family 17 years or under) $350 (2020)
$350 (2021)
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Shared (2 or more students per family, 17 years or under) $330 (2020)
$330 (2021)
$330 (2020)
$330 (2021)
All costs include 3 meals per day, wifi and transport to campus

2020/2021 Homestay Placement Fees (per placement)

Lismore - Placement fee (single) $290
Lismore - Placement fee (shared) $240
Coffs Harbour – Placement fee (single) $290
Coffs Harbour – Placement fee (shared) $240
Gold Coast – Placement fee (single or shared) $290

Medical insurance costs:

  • Overseas Student Health Cover is compulsory for all international students
  • Indicative cost for 12 months $605 (effective February 2018).

Costs associated with Study Tours are negotiated with each tour group and depend on activities arranged.

*Fees are in Australian dollars and are correct at time of publication (September 2018)

Refund Policy

Students are able to obtain refund of fees under some circumstances. See Tuition Fees Refund Policy.


See specifics by clicking on each program name in in the table above.

All Academic English and General English classes include:

  • 20 hours of face-to-face tuition per week from experienced and qualified ESL teachers
  • 5 hours of independent self-study
  • Computer access after class hours and one hour per week with class
  • Formative and summative class assessment
  • Access to library, computer laboratories and other university facilities
  • Course Completion documents.


Although timetables may vary, generally:

  • At Lismore and Coffs Harbour** campuses English language classes are from 9:00am to 2:00pm with self-study from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.
  • At Gold Coast campus English classes are from 8:30am - 1:15pm followed by an hour of self-study or 1:30pm - 6:15pm followed by an hour of self-study. These scheduled timings are subject to availability.
  • There are lunch, morning and afternoon breaks each day.
  • Every class has reserved computer laboratory times each week during class times.
  • Students have access to email and the internet after and before class in one of the many university computer laboratories.

 ** Only Study Tours are available at Coffs Harbour.

General English and English for Academic Purposes programs are pathways to university study. Depending on your English language proficiency, English Language Programs lead to enrolment in diplomas through to postgraduate qualifications. See entry levels for specific courses below.


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Contact us

Our team at SCU College has experience in working with students from non-English speaking backgrounds and can help find the right English language course for you.

T: +61 7 5589 3366