English language programs

Get ready for your university degree with an SCU College English language program (CRICOS Code: 064715B). Choose a language pathway program to suit your needs and work with our team to prepare yourself for your future. Study online or at our Gold Coast and Lismore campuses in a supportive learning environment.

*These programs 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).

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English Language Program Graduate OutcomeCourse Learning Outcomes
Lifelong learning Use skills and knowledge necessary for current and future learning success.
Communication and social skills Demonstrate acquisition of English Language proficiency for use in University study.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is the perfect unit to help you prepare yourself for study at Southern Cross University. EAP will help you build on your existing English language abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This unit will also help you develop your academic and digital literacy practices, including researching, referencing, note-taking, using the Southern Cross University Learning Management System and giving presentations.

Find out more about EAP   
SCU English College student Natsumi Hakai at the Learning Centre on the Lismore campus

General English (GE)

SCU College’s General English unit will help you develop your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while focusing on communicative English. Our team will help you develop your language skills for use in real-life contexts including work and travel.

About the General English unit   
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Study tours

Immerse yourself in an English-speaking environment with one of our customised English-language study tours. No matter what English language skill level you are at, this program can be tailored to suit your needs. Each tour includes English language classes and activities so you can engage and learn about Australian life and culture.

Find out more about our study tours   
International students undertaking the English language academic pathway program through SCU college at Lismore campus.

Study English online

Begin your  Southern Cross University journey with our Study English online programs. We offer the Online Australia Experience twice a year.

More information on studying English online   

Frequently asked questions

ProgramLismoreCoffs HarbourGold Coast
English for Academic Purposes*  
General English*  
Study tours 

*These programs 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).

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Arrival information 

2021 & 2022 Tuition costs:

  • $450 per week for 15 weeks or less (20 hours face-to-face tuition + 5 hours self-study)*
  • $240 enrolment fee (non-refundable)

*$420 for 16+ weeks in 2022


  • $300 Workplace Observation placement fee.

2021 and 2022 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 $596 (effective December 2018).

Costs associated with study tours are negotiated with each tour group and depend on activities arranged. 

Refund Policy

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

2021 & 2022 Homestay costs:

 Coffs HarbourLismoreGold Coast
Single (1 student per family, 18 years or over)




Shared (2 or more students per family, 18 years or over)




Single (1 student per family 17 years or under)


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Shared (2 or more students per family, 17 years or under)



All costs include 3 meals per day, Wi-Fi and transport to campus      

What will I study?

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 during and after class
  • Formative and summative class assessment
  • Access to library, computer laboratories and other university facilities
  • Program 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
  • 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. Please for entry levels for specific programs.

More useful information

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A list of frequently asked questions containing information on program withdrawals, the process for withdrawing or changing a program, and much more.

Contact SCU College

Dean, SCU College - Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality)

T: +61 7 5589 3366

E: colldirector@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Dean, SCU College

T: +61 7 5589 3360

E: emily.pather@scu.edu.au