Questions and answers
Applying to study at the English Language Centre
I am an international student and need to improve my English skills before starting my degree/diploma/foundation program(s). How can I apply for an English course?
If you plan to study at Macquarie University, you will need to apply for your degree/diploma/foundation program(s) first. Please submit an application to Macquarie International via international online application manager. On your application, you can indicate that you would also like to study English at the ELC. Your application will be assessed by Macquarie International Admissions and they can issue a package offer* if you require English study. If you receive a package offer, you do not need to get a separate English offer.
What is a Package offer*?
A package offer is for an English program at the ELC plus your chosen degree/diploma/foundation program(s) at Macquarie University. You will study English first and when you successfully complete the appropriate English course, you will progress to your next program of study.
I have received a conditional offer from Macquarie International and I want to study English at the ELC to meet the entry requirement. What should I do?
If you already have an English proficiency test result (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE), please submit it to Macquarie International for them to issue a package offer.
I want to study just English at the ELC. How do I apply?
You can apply via our How to apply page.
Which English course should I apply for?
It depends on your current level of English and your study plans.
If you plan to study a Macquarie University degree/diploma/foundation program, you will need to complete a Direct Entry program at the ELC. Depending on your English level, you may need to study additional weeks of English before the Direct Entry program. Please send your English proficiency test result (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE) to Macquarie International so that they can confirm which program is required and how many weeks of English study you need.
For students who plan to only study English with us, we can recommend a suitable program based on your current English level and the information that you provide on your application form. Please provide your English proficiency test result (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE) if you have one.
How many weeks can I study English at the ELC?
You can study from 5 to 60 weeks with us depending on your level and your goal.
What age do I need to be to study at the ELC?
You will need to be 16 years old or above. If you are an international student aged 16 to 18, under Australian law, you must submit a special form to confirm your welfare and accommodation arrangements. Once the program commences, we will provide you with extra support. Find out more here.
Do I need a minimum English level to study at the ELC?
There is no minimum English level but we recommend that you provide your English proficiency test result (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE) so that we can assess your English level and recommend an appropriate program for you.
My IELTS score is X. Which level will I be in at the ELC?
This depends on your individual situation and goals. We will assess your application and recommend the number of weeks you need based on your current level and goals.
If I don’t have a proficiency test score (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE), can I apply to study at the ELC?
Yes. Submit your application and we will tell you what to do next.
Dates and class times
When can I start my course?
The course start dates can be found on the dates and fees page.
If you plan to only study English, you may select the date you prefer to start from one of the 9 possible commencement dates throughout the year. To confirm availability, we recommend that you provide your English proficiency test result (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE). In the unlikely event that we do not have a class of an appropriate level, we will make an alternative suggestion for you.
If you plan to study a Macquarie University degree/diploma/foundation program, you will need to complete a Direct Entry program at the ELC. Direct Entry programs have fixed start dates to make sure you can enter your Macquarie University program after successful completion.
What time will my class be held? Can I choose my class time?
Students attend class 4 hours a day totalling 20 hours from Monday to Friday. Class times will either be in the morning from 8.30am to 12.45pm, or in the afternoon from 1.00pm to 5.15pm. We will select the class time for you, so please make sure you are available for both morning and afternoon class times. Students are informed about their class on Orientation Day. Please remember that your class time may change from block to block.
Can I take a class in the evening or on the weekend?
Our classes run for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday, either in the morning or in the afternoon – your weekends and evenings will be free for study or for exploring Sydney.
I’ve got a job. Can I change my class time?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee what time your class will run. Please ensure you are available for both morning and afternoon class times.
What are the course fees?
Fee information can be found on the dates and fees page.
Are there any discounts for Australian citizens?
No. The weekly fee is the same for Australian citizens.
Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes. Macquarie University offers a range of scholarships for the ELC as well as for other Macquarie programs. View the list of scholarships available.
Arriving and accommodation
How can I find accommodation?
Accommodation information can be found on Macquarie University’s website. There are colleges on campus which provide food and board, or just board if you'd prefer something cheaper. For further information, please contact the accommodation office directly.
Do you have an airport pickup service?
Yes. An airport pickup service is available to new ELC students. Please make a request to Macquarie University.
I am interested in Study Tours, TESOL professional courses or customised programs. How can I find out more?
Institutions interested in these programs should contact our Study Tours team.
I am interested in studying a postgraduate TESOL qualification. How can I find out more?
Please refer to Macquarie University’s course finder.
Do you have a brochure?
Yes. You can download our brochure here.