English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a university and TAFE preparation course for international students.

It's designed for international students with upper-intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.

EAP is made up of the following units:

  • EAP 4 – English for Academic Purposes Upper Intermediate
    A 10-week unit for students who wish to study academic English or gain direct entry into foundation studies, TAFE certificates/diplomas or higher education diplomas (Diploma of Business, Engineering or Information Technology) at VU.
  • EAP 5 – University Preparation Undergraduate
    A specialised 10-week unit for students who wish to enrol in a Victoria University undergraduate course.
  • EAP 6 – University Preparation Postgraduate
    For students with an advanced level of English who wish to enrol in a Victoria University postgraduate course.

You can also study EAP at one of our partner universities in China:

Benefits of studying EAP

  1. Over 95% graduation rates.
  2. Rapid progress in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  3. Practice in lecture and tutorial note-taking.
  4. Direct entry to TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
  5. Extra support for students.

Course essentials

Course location Levels Course code Duration
City Flinders EAP 4 (Upper Intermediate)
EAP 5 (Advanced I)
EAP 6 (Advanced II)
VNEAP 10 weeks per level
CRICOS code Intakes Course fee Entry
082777E EAP 4: Every Intake
EAP 5: Intake 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 & 9
EAP 6: Intake 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 & 9
A$440 per week (plus an enrolment fee of A$200)* IELTS 5.0^, VU English Placement Test or completion of VU General English Intermediate (Level 3).

* All prices are in Australian dollars (AUD)

^ Overall score of 6, plus writing at 6, for EAP 6. Overall score of 5.5, plus writing at 5.5, for EAP 5

Study areas

EAP study areas include:

  • academic culture
  • academic writing (including research and referencing skills)
  • academic reading
  • academic listening
  • academic speaking (including tutorial and oral presentation skills).

Course dates

We offer intakes throughout the year. Our university preparation courses are only available at certain times of the year:

  • EAP 4 – Certificate and Diploma Preparation – available for all intakes.
  • EAP 5 – University Preparation Undergraduate (UPU) – available at intake 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 & 9.
  • EAP 6 – University Preparation Postgraduate (UPP) – available at intake 3, 4, 7, 8 & 9.

COURSE ENROLMENT DATE START DATE END DATE INTAKE NUMBER
EAP 4 4 January 5 January 4 February 1
EAP 4 & 5 10 February 14 February 18 March 2
EAP 4, 5 & 6 17 March 21 March 29 April 3
EAP 4, 5 & 6 28 April 2 May 3 June 4
EAP 4 2 June 6 June 8 July 5
EAP 4, 5 & 6 14 July 18 July 19 August 6
EAP 4, 5 & 6 18 August 22 August 23 September 7
EAP 4, 5 & 6 29 September 3 October 4 November 8
EAP 4, 5 & 6 3 November 7 November 9 December 9

Preparing for a VU course

You will study an EAP course with VU English if you are required to complete English language studies to gain admission into a VU course.

View the course entry requirements for international applicants to find out if you already have the required English test results to study a VU course.

Submit an online course enquiry to VU International if you have further questions about your eligibility to study a VU course.

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