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Apply for English language programs

Follow these steps if you want to apply for a general or academic English course.

If you want to study English and a QUT degree or pathway, you will need to apply directly to QUT. This includes English language programs combined with:

  • QUTIC foundation or diploma courses
  • undergraduate degrees
  • postgraduate coursework degrees.

Step 1: Meet the requirements

Depending on your level of English language proficiency, there are different programs you can study. There are no academic requirements.

General English (5-45 week program)

No proof of English proficiency required.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

You will need to meet the English language level required for your course. There are 3 EAP programs available depending on your level of English.

IELTS Academic TOEFL iBt Pearson PTE (Academic) Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
EAP 1 5.0 overall (5 RW) 49 overall (10 R, 15 W) 38 overall (38 RW) 154 overall (154 RW)
EAP 2 5.5 overall (5.5 RW, 5.0 LS) 56 overall (18 W, 14 RS, 10 L) 46 overall (46 RW, 38 LS) 162 overall (162 RW, 154 LS)
EAP 3 6.5 overall (6 RWLS) 79 overall (21 W, 18 S, 16 LR) 58 overall (50 RWLS) 176 overall (169 RWLS)
IELTS Test Centre

If you are in Australia, you can complete an IELTS exam at our IELTS Test Centre.

EAP entry test

If your IELTS score isn't high enough, and you are in Australia, you can sit for our EAP entry test. Tests are held on three dates each year.

There is no cost for these tests.

Complete the entry test application form (PDF file, 29.4 KB) and submit it to QUTIC by the closing date listed on the form.

On the day of your test, register at QUTIC reception and present your photo ID. You will be provided with test instructions at this time.

EAP program Apply for the test by Test date
EAP 1 and EAP 2: February 2018 intake 24 January 2018 31 January 2018
EAP 1 and EAP 2: June 2018 intake 23 May 2018 30 May 2018
EAP 1 and EAP 2: October 2018 intake 12 September 2018 19 September 2018

Step 2: Check the costs

Program registration fee

There is a program registration fee of $175. You will need to pay this when you accept your offer.

Tuition fees

Check your course information to see the tuition fees for your program.

Your offer letter will let you know what the indicative fees are for a full-time study period.

Tuition fees usually increase each year. Read the international student fee policy (PDF file, 245.4 KB) and refund policy (PDF file, 132.5 KB) before you accept your offer.

Health cover for international students

If you're an international student with an Australian student visa, you must have valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) with an approved provider. You need to organise your OSHC before your come to Australia. OSHC gives you access to health care while you're here. If your family is coming to Australia with you, they must also have OSHC cover.

You don't need OSHC if you are:

  • a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • a Swedish student covered by the National Board of Student Aid or by Kammarkollegiet
  • a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia
  • studying for less than four months on a visitor or tourist visa. You will not be eligible for OSHC and are advised to purchase Overseas Visitors Health Cover or comprehensive travel insurance
  • an Australian government scholarship student (Australia Award students).

The Department of Home Affairs has implemented mandatory visa length cover as a requirement for all student visa applications. This means you must show that you have OSHC for the entire proposed duration of your student visa.

Preferred provider

Our preferred OSHC provider is Medibank. We organise a Medibank Comprehensive OSHC policy for international students. We'll arrange cover for the length of your visa with Medibank Private. You'll need to pay for this cover when you accept your offer.

Medibank's OSHC cover

If you’d rather use a different provider, the website has information about which health funds offer OSHC. You’ll need to provide us with proof of your policy.

I have received an Australia Award Scholarship

If you hold an Australia Award Scholarship, you are entitled to basic OSHC through Medibank Private. We will pay for your OSHC (single person cover) before you arrive. You can contact International Student Services for more information about your cover, including family upgrades.

Airport reception

You can organise for us to pick you up at the airport when you arrive. The fee for this service is $110.

Living costs

While you are living and studying in Brisbane, you will have to pay for:

  • travel
  • accommodation
  • books
  • living costs.

Living in Brisbane


If you want, you can organise to stay with an Australian family while you're studying. There is a placement fee of $250, as well as a weekly homestay fee of approximately $270.

Step 3: Submit your application

Complete the application form
Attach required documents

Ensure that you attach all the required documents. This includes:

  • a photocopy of your passport
  • proof of English language proficiency, if required.
Submit your application

Submit your application form and supporting documents via email to

What happens next?

You will usually receive an outcome of your application within 1-2 weeks.

Step 4: Accept your offer

If your application is successful, we'll send you:

  • an offer letter
  • an acceptance of offer form
  • instructions on how to pay your tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

To accept your offer, you must:

  • check that all your information is correct
  • complete your acceptance of offer form
  • pay your enrolment fee ($175), tuition fees and your health cover.

Make sure you read and understand the international student fee policy (PDF file, 245.4 KB) and refund policy (PDF file, 132.5 KB).

When we receive your acceptance form, we'll send you an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE). Check that all the information on the eCoE is correct. You will need your eCoE to apply for your visa.

Step 5: Apply for your visa

Student visa

Use your CoE to organise your Australian student visa online through your closest overseas Australian embassy or consulate.

You must nominate the overseas embassy or consulate where you will be applying for your visa on your acceptance of offer form. Choose the closest one to your city of residence to avoid delays in your visa processing.

Visa assessment

Your application for a visa will be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs. Find more information about visa assessment processes via the Department of Home Affairs website.

Other visas

Students from some countries may be eligible to study our English programs on a working holiday or tourist visa. You must do your research and ensure that your visa is valid to study in Australia.

Contact us

Contact QUT International College if you have any questions about the application process.

Get in touch

Australian and NZ students

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International students

1800 181 848
(within Australia)

+61 3 9627 4853
(outside Australia)

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