English for Further Studies

Be ready to start your academic journey with this 10-week English language course for international students.

Key Information


10 weeks

Intake Dates

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Please see the Fees section below

Course overview

Build language skills to succeed academically

Not confident you’ll be ready to study in a new language? The English for Further Studies program is designed for international students with ambitions to succeed in an Australian academic setting.

In developing your academic and language skills, you’ll learn self-study techniques, become familiar with lecturer expectations, and get a better understanding of academic coursework.

This is achieved through:

  • Library and project research
  • Academic reading, listening and note taking
  • Presentations and public speaking
  • Academic essay and report writing
  • Critical thinking and analysis

The English for Further Studies course is offered at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus and can be packaged with your academic course into a single offer letter. 

ELICOS classes are currently scheduled from 11:00am-1:00pm & from 1:30pm-3:30pm (Australian Eastern Standard time - AEST).

Entry requirements

Your starting point will depend on your IELTS score

English LevelIELTSTOEFL(iBT)PTEExit to
EFS 34.5 (minimum writing score 4.5)3430-
EFS 45.5 (minimum writing score 5.0)4036 (no skill less than 29)Foundation Studies
EFS 45.5 (minimum writing score 5.5)4036 (no skill less than 36)Diploma of IT / Diploma of Business
EFS 55.5 (minimum writing score 5.5)5546 (no skill less than 36)Undergraduate degrees/Diploma of Health
Science/Diploma of Bioscience/Diploma of
Engineering/Diploma of Psychology
EFS 66.0 (minimum writing score 6.0)7546 (no skill less than 46)Postgraduate programs/Diploma of Media and Communications

English program dates

View term dates below

TermsSTART DATE(Orientation)ClassesStudent’s Study breaks & Public holidays
   1 - 6 January (Break)
Term 15 January9 January – 10 February26 January, Australia Day
Term 29 February13 February – 17 March 
Term 316 March20 March – 28 April7 - 13 April, Easter break
25 April, Anzac Day
Term 427 April1 May – 2 June 
   5 – 9 June (Break)
Term 58 June13 June – 14 July12 June, Queen’s Birthday
Term 613 July17 July – 18 August 
   21 – 25 August (Break)
Term 724 August28 August – 28 September29 September, AFL Final
Non-Teaching  2-6 October (Break)
Term 85 October9 October – 10 November7 November, Melbourne Cup Day
Term 99 November13 November – 15 December 
Xmas Break  18 – 31 December (Break)

2024 Fees

Our Elicos fees

A$20,855 (for 56 weeks) at a cost of A$485 per week plus a non-refundable enrolment fee of A$220.

For further details about English for Further Studies, contact one of our representatives.