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English for Academic Purposes (EAPP)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Throughout the year

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • On-campus: minimum 20 weeks
  • maximum 36 weeks; Online: minimum 20 weeks
  • maximum 60 weeks

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Prepare to study a degree at USQ

USQ Access College offers English language programs for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will prepare you to study a degree at USQ. You can study EAP for future study, career or personal reasons.

EAP is tuition free for Australian citizens and permanent residents; however international students will be required to pay a fee for this program.

Our English for Academic Purposes program is endorsed by the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

We’ll support you all the way

As an EAP student you can access great teaching and support in a friendly caring environment. EAP will develop your language skills and give you the confidence you need to succeed at university. All English Language students have the opportunity to live with an Australian family.

EAP includes two levels and each level takes 10 weeks to complete. To start your studies in EAP you will need an IELTS result of at least 5.0 in the four macro skills or an equivalent recognised international English test. If your IELTS result is less than this, you could start your studies in ELICOS.  If you have not completed an IELTS test, you will need to complete a comprehensive set of tests that will help us ensure you start your studies at the best level for you.

Further study

EAP aims to prepare you for entry to university. When you successfully complete the second level of EAP you can go on to study a degree at USQ.  Now is the time to start your pathway to a career that you want.

EAP I Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses1 4
Total 4


EAP II Courses to be studied Units
4 x core courses 4
Total 8

1 Two units.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen (resident in Australia), holder of either Australian Permanent Residency or Australian Permanent Humanitarian visas, you have access to fee-free places in this program.

Fee-free places are granted for a period of three semesters. As a fee-free student, if you wish to continue your studies beyond three semesters you will need to complete a new application form.

If you do not meet the citizenship or residency requirements, you will be required to pay a fee.

Students will be required to purchase textbooks and study materials.

Entry Requirements

Students from non-English backgrounds residing in Australia should meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completion of senior secondary schooling in the home country or equivalent, Year 12 in an Australian High School, completed 'A' levels or mature age entry.
  • EAP I: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
  • EAP II: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and doctorate)

How to apply


EAP dates


Start dates Finish dates Campus 
27 February 2017 5 May 2017
8 May 2017
7 July 2017
10 July 2017 15 September 2017 Toowoomba
18 September 2017
24 November 2017
27 November 2017
23 February 2018


Start dates  Finish dates  Campus 
3 April 2017 16 June 2017 Toowoomba
8 May 2017  7 July 2017 Toowoomba, Springfield
14 August 2017 24 November 2017   Toowoomba
18 September 2017    24 November 2017 Toowoomba, Springfield
27 November 2017 16 February 2018 Toowoomba, Springfield 

EAP I and EAP II online dates and courses offered in 2017

Start dates  Finish dates 
27 February 2017 23 June 2017
10 July 2017 3 November 2017

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