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English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes (EAPP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • On-campus: minimum 10 weeks, maximum 20 weeks
  • Throughout the year (see Apply section)


  • USQ 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 are required to pay a fee for this program.
  • 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.
  • 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 English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.  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.
  • As an on-campus student, you can attend the scheduled lectures online via Zoom. 

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 an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at USQ.

If you are interested in applying for the Bachelor of Nursing program, you can go on to complete the Academic Communication Skills program (Level 2) which is designed to exit students with a PTE A 65 / IELTS 7.0, or equivalent. However, in order to be accepted into the Bachelor of Nursing, you will need to have your skills tested beforehand through an external international English language test and score a result of  PTE A 65, IELTS 7.0, or equivalent.

Professional accreditation

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

Career outcomes

  • Students who complete EAP are ready to embark on study that will lead them to their desired careers.

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)

Other pathway options

At USQ, we understand the path to University is different for everyone. There are many pathways programs available to fast-track your way to a USQ degree, and gain the confidence to study along the way.

Need help deciding which pathway is right for you? Contact our friendly team who can assist with any questions you might have.

Degree structure

EAP includes two levels and each level takes 10 weeks to complete.  


Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 4
Total 4


Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses 4
Total 4

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

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

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. The cost for one unit (course) is AUD 1020 for on-campus study.1

Students will be required to purchase textbooks and study materials.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

EAP dates


Start dates Finish dates Campus
15 February 2021 23 April 2021 Toowoomba
26 April 2021 2 July 2021 Toowoomba
5 July 2021  3 September 2021 Toowoomba 
6 September 2021 12 November 2021 Toowoomba
15 November 2021 4 February 2022 Toowoomba


Start dates Finish dates Campus
15 February 2021 23 April 2021 Toowoomba, Springfield
26 April 2021 2 July 2021 Toowoomba, Springfield
5 July 2021  3 September 2021  Toowoomba
6 September 2021 12 November 2021 Toowoomba, Springfield
15 November 2021 4 February 2022 Toowoomba, Springfield

Further information

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