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 1, 2021 starts:

Monday, 1 March 2021

(O Week: 22 February 2021)

50 3 February 2020  12 February 2021
45 9 March 2020 12 February 2021
40  20 April 2020  12 February 2021
35  25 May 2020  12 February 2021
30  29 June 2020  12 February 2021
25  3 August 2020  12 February 2021
20  14 September 2020  12 February 2021
15  19 October 2020  12 February 2021
10  23 November 2020  12 February 2021
11 January 2021  12 February 2021
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

Our English language programs


Contact SCU College

Director, SCU College

T: +61 2 6626 9148

E: colldirector@scu.edu.au

Assistant to Director, SCU College

T: +61 7 5589 3359

T: +61 409 558 792

E: emily.pather@scu.edu.au

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