VU English is Victoria University's English language centre. We have been providing high quality teaching in the centre of Melbourne for more than 25 years.

Our range of English language courses to international students are designed to help improve your language skills so you can transition into a university course. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in your study, with:

  • a wide range of courses, including General English and English for Academic Purposes
  • pathways into Victoria University diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD courses
  • outstanding teachers with years of experience and top qualifications
  • diverse English programs and clubs
  • a University Counselling Office to help with any problems
  • University English textbooks.

Quality assurance

VU English is a member of English Australia and University English Centres Australia.

Our courses are accredited by TEQSA and endorsed by NEAS Quality Assurance.

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English courses

We offer a variety of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at different levels. We use an active teaching approach to help you learn English. We target reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Many of our courses use our own textbooks and teaching materials. Assessment is a combination of ongoing assessment and final assessment tasks at the end of each course.

Study our courses overseas

We have several partner institutions in China, where you can study VU's English for Academic Purposes:

How to apply

You can apply direct to VU English through the University's EAAMS international admissions system, or use an agent to apply on your behalf.

To lodge your application to VU English online:

  1. Register your details
  2. Check your email to get your login details
  3. Log in and start your application.

Facilities & support services

Access facilities & services at all of our campuses, as well as the Independent Learning Centre exclusive to VU English.

We have many support services to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible, including:

  • English skills programs
  • accommodation and employment advice
  • personal and academic counselling
  • social activities and programs
  • support and encouragement
  • free airport reception service when you arrive in Melbourne (please pre-book).

Find out more about support services for international students.

We offer a range of programs to help you improve and extend your English language skills in our vibrant Independent Learning Centre (ILC).

Our centre has a full-time coordinator who offers specialised support and free lunchtime skills classes.

Skills program

Improve your writing, reading, grammar and pronunciation skills in our free lunchtime skills classes. We run classes each week during lunchtime.

Classes are limited to 15 students and are free of charge.

They are generally held on a "first-come-first-served" basis using the sign-up sheets on the noticeboard.

One-on-one study support

Our one-on-one study support is customised to focus on areas that you need to improve.

It can help you to better understand your course material.

These 30-minute sessions are available outside of class times and can be booked with the Independent Learning Centre Coordinator.

Online learning program

Our online learning program helps you control your own learning.

You can choose from a range of online learning materials including independent learning packages, links to useful ESL websites, videos and audio files.

We run weekly information sessions on how to use online programs in the Independent Learning Centre.

We encourage a learning environment that extends beyond the classroom.

You can take part in a range of social and sporting activities, join clubs and meet new friends. 

For every intake, VU English offers social activities such as:

  • cooking classes
  • rock climbing
  • field trips
  • social media competitions.

Participation is voluntary. Additional costs may be charged; however, every effort is made to keep these activities affordable for all students.

Study tours

At VU English, we provide customised study tours for foreign universities and institutions.

You can improve your English language proficiency and have a unique Australian experience. We can arrange:

  • accommodation
  • airport pick-ups
  • excursions
  • a wide range of English language courses to meet your needs.

We have recently conducted specialised English language programs for:

  • Indonesian Ministry of Education
  • Tamagawa University
  • Teikyo University
  • Kobe Gakuin University
  • Aichi Shukutoku University.

To find out more, please get in touch.

Contact us

Our staff

Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced educators with a passion for learning.

Our administrative staff are friendly and approachable and ensure the smooth running of VU English.

Dianne McKeagney, General Manager, VU English

Dianne has more than 20 years' experience in international education. In addition to teaching in Australia, she has taught English in Japan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia. She has a Master of Education in TESOL and has been an IELTS examiner for more than 10 years.

Dianne loves travel, film, music and tap dancing.

Hilda Cove, Program Manager, Teaching & Learning

Hilda has worked at Victoria University (VU) for several years in a variety of roles. Before working in her current position, she was the Senior Project Officer (Offshore) and was based in Beijing where she oversaw VU’s partner university programs across China. She has also been Course Coordinator and ELICOS teacher with VU English and she is an experienced IELTS examiner and test administrator.

Hilda is an avid traveller.

Nadia Chighine, Director of Studies

Nadia has worked in the ESL and Bilingual education sector for more than 20 years. She has postgraduate degrees in TESOL and Drama Education and has taught in ELICOS centres and in schools in Melbourne. She has worked as a teacher, coordinator and an English examiner in Melbourne, China and Vietnam. Nadia has also designed curriculum and assessments for English and Italian programs.

Nadia loves to travel and her favourite place is Rome.

Warwick Edmonds

Warwick has a postgraduate diploma in TESOL and more than 20 years' experience teaching English. He began his career as a primary school teacher in England. In 1993 he started teaching English to adult migrant students. He has worked at Victoria University for more than 15 years teaching ELICOS across a range of levels.

Warwick enjoys sport and travel.

Matthew Truelove

Matthew graduated from his Bachelor of English Literature in 1998. He worked in London for seven years before completing his postgraduate teacher training and moving to Australia. He taught in the Gold Coast and Sydney before moving to Melbourne and joining Victoria University in 2008.

He enjoys playing the guitar and taking his two sons, Oscar and Harvey, to the beach.

Richard Holland

Richard's first job after leaving university was as a high school French teacher in Harare, Zimbabwe. After re-locating to the UK, he qualified as an EFL teacher and spent 10 years in the Middle East. He migrated to Australia in 2003 and starting work at Victoria University. He enjoys teaching the higher levels of English and particularly enjoys working on the English for Academic Purposes course.

Richard likes swimming, running, yoga and good cinema.

Carla Bardella

Carla has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) specialising in sociology and language and a Graduate Diploma of Education in TESOL and Italian. She began teaching ESL at VU English in 2007, and is now Coordinator of VU English's Independent Learning Centre. She also has extensive experience teaching in China and Hong Kong.

Her passions include reading, swimming, cycling and a partner dance called Balboa, which is done to 1940s jazz music. She also enjoys talking with people from other cultures to gain a better understanding of the world we live in.

Netra Dave, Administration Officer

Netra is a tertiary-qualified business administration professional. Netra has more than four years' experience in tertiary administration and teaching in overseas Commerce and Management Colleges.

Netra enjoys exploring Melbourne and loves cooking and craftwork.

Contact VU English

VU English is located at Victoria University's City Campus:

Level 13
City Tower
372-378 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Located in Melbourne's central business district, the campus is very close to:

  • trains, trams and buses
  • cafés and restaurants
  • shops and supermarkets
  • apartments and hotels
  • sporting centres, stadiums and gyms
  • art galleries, theatres, cinemas, libraries and museums.

Visit the City of Melbourne's website to find out about events and things to do.