English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

International student Mayu Yamada (Japan) undertaking the English language academic pathway program through SCU college at Lismore campus

Set yourself up for success at Southern Cross University with our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. EAP will build on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also improve your academic and digital literacy practices, including researching, referencing, note-taking, using the Southern Cross University Learning Management System, and giving presentations.

Which level should I choose?

Your EAP level will be selected based on your level of English language skills during your application.

  • EAP1 - Entry to courses with Academic IELTS 5.5 and 6.0 (CEFR B2)
  • EAP2 - Entry to courses with Academic IELTS 6.5 (CEFR B2+)
  • EAP3 - Entry to courses with Academic IELTS 7.0 (CEFR C1)

Students studying EAP must be on a student visa and class attendance is closely monitored as per the Attendance Policy for ELICOS Programs.

When can I start?

Our intensive EAP program runs three times a year, just before university classes begin. Individual students’ EAP pathway lengths vary, depending on the number of weeks they require to enter their university course.

How to apply

Complete and submit an International Application for Admission form. Follow the instructions on the application form to submit your completed application.

Download the International Application for Admission form

Leading into SessionWeeks of EnglishStart DateEnd Date

Session 2, 2021 starts:

Monday, 5 July 2021

(O Week: 28 June 2021)

50 1 June 2020  11 June 2021
45 6 July 2020 11 June 2021
40 10 August 2020  11 June 2021
35  21 September 2020  11 June 2021
30  26 October 2020  11 June 2021
25  30 November 2020  11 June 2021
20  18 January 2021 11 June 2021
15  22 February 2021 11 June 2021
10  29 March 2021 11 June 2021
10 May 2021 11 June 2021
Leading into SessionWeeks of EnglishStart DateEnd Date

Session 3, 2021 starts:

Monday, 1 November 2021

(O Week: 26 October 2021)

50 5 October 2020  15 October 2021
45 9 November 2020 15 October 2021
40  14 December 2020  15 October 2021
35  1 February 2021  15 October 2021
30  8 March 2021 15 October 2021
25  19 April 2021 15 October 2021
20  24 May 2021 15 October 2021
15  28 June 2021 15 October 2021
10  2 August 2021  15 October 2021
13 September 2021  15 October 2021

EAP start dates leading to sessions 1 - 3 2021

2021 Breaks:

  • Monday, 21 December 2020 – Sunday, 3 January 2021
  • Monday, 12 April – Sunday, 18 April
  • Monday, 16 August – Sunday, 22 August

2021 Public Holidays:

  • Tuesday, 26 January
  • Friday, 2 April
  • Monday, 5 April
  • Monday, 3 May (Gold Coast Campus ONLY)
  • Monday, 14 June (Lismore Campus ONLY)
  • Monday, 4 October

EAP start dates leading to sessions 1, 2 and 3, 2022

Leading into SessionWeeks of EnglishStart DateEnd Date

Session 1, 2022 starts:

Monday, 7 March 2022

(O Week: 28 February 2022)

50 1 February 2021  11 February 2022
45 8 March 2021 11 February 2022
40  19 April 2021  11 February 2022
35  24 May 2021  11 February 2022
30  28 June 2021  11 February 2022
25  2 August 2021  11 February 2022
20  13 September 2021  11 February 2022
15*  18 October 2021  11 February 2022
10  22 November 2021  11 February 2022
10 January 2022  11 February 2022

* Start date for the Undergraduate Qualifying Program

Leading into SessionWeeks of EnglishStart DateEnd Date

Session 2, 2022 starts:

Monday, 4 July 2022

(O Week: 27 June 2022)

50 31 May 2021  10 June 2022
45 5 July 2021 10 June 2022
40  9 August 2021  10 June 2022
35  20 September 2021  10 June 2022
30  25 October 2021  10 June 2022
25  20 November 2021  10 June 2022
20  17 January 2022 10 June 2022
15*  21 February 2022 10 June 2022
10  28 March 2022 10 June 2022
9 May 2022 10 June 2022

* Start date for the Undergraduate Qualifying Program

Leading into SessionWeeks of EnglishStart DateEnd Date

Session 3, 2022 starts:

Monday, 31 October 2022

(O Week: 24 October 2022)

50 4 October 2021  14 October 2022
45 8 November 2021 14 October 2022
40  13 December 2021  14 October 2022
35  31 January 2022  14 October 2022
30  7 March 2022 14 October 2022
25  11 April 2022 14 October 2022
20  23 May 2022 14 October 2022
15* 27 June 2022 14 October 2022
10  1 August 2022  14 October 2022
12 September 2022  14 October 2022

* Start date for the Undergraduate Qualifying Program

EAP start dates leading to sessions 1-3 2022

2021 Breaks:

  • Monday, 12 April 2021 – Sunday, 18 April 2021
  • Monday, 16 August 2021 – Sunday, 22 August 2021
  • Monday, 20 December 2021 – Monday, 3 January 2022

2021 Public Holidays:

  • Friday, 2 April 2021
  • Monday, 5 April 2021
  • Monday, 3 May (Gold Coast Campus ONLY)
  • Monday, 14 June (Lismore Campus ONLY)
  • Monday, 4 October 2021

2022 Breaks:

  • Monday 20 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022
  • Monday 18 April 2022 – Monday 25 April 2022
  • Monday 15 August 2022 – Sunday 21 August 2022

2022 Public Holidays:

  • Monday 3 January 2022
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022
  • Friday 15 April 2022
  • Monday 18 April 2022
  • Monday 25 April 2022
  • Monday 2 May 2022 (Gold Coast Campus ONLY)
  • Monday 13 June 2022 (Lismore Campus ONLY)
  • Monday 3 October 2022

Our English language programs


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

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