Griffith English Language Institute (GELI)

Start your English studies at a multi-award winning institute with more than 25 years of experience delivering internationally recognised English language courses and programs. Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) welcomes students from around the world who want to improve their English proficiency to continue in a study pathway, work or travel.

Founded in 1990, GELI has welcomed students from more than 48 countries around the world, and provided high quality full-time English courses and tailored programs for specific purposes for students from beginner to advanced English levels. Our students enjoy the advantage of studying at an institute backed by the reputation of Griffith University, ranked in the world's top 400 universities in four major rankings*.

GELI is committed to the provision of exceptional teaching, on-going student support and development opportunities through:

  • Student support services: supporting students throughout their GELI experience
  • Best teachers in the field: over 80 per cent of our teachers have postgraduate qualifications in TESOL/Education/Applied Linguistics and all have experience teaching English to students from multicultural backgrounds.
  • Independent Learning Centre (ILC): our award-winning ILC program enables students to undertake additional English practice to enhance their language skills outside class.


As part of Griffith University, our students also have access to the full range of Griffith's services and facilities on campus including libraries, computer labs, sporting facilities, health and welfare services.

Campus locations
GELI is situated at Griffith's Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses.


GELI is situated at Griffith's Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses.

* Academic Ranking of World Universities; CWTS Leiden Rankings; The Times Higher Education University Rankings; and the QS World University Rankings


GELI is highly experienced in the provision of specific English language programs for students who wish to continue in a study pathway, work or travel.

  • General English (GE): improve your general language proficiency for study, work or travel purposes (available at six levels - beginner to advanced).
  • English for Academic purposes (EAP): available for students with intermediate/higher English levels wishing to continue an academic pathway.
  • English Test Preparation (ETP): for students who are planning to take an external English language test such as IELTS or ISLPR.
  • Direct Entry Program preparation (DEP prep): five-week introductory program for students planning to continue onto the Direct Entry Program (DEP) to Griffith University.
  • Direct Entry Program (DEP): intensive academic English program designed as a pathway for entry into Griffith University or Griffith College.
  • Griffith UniPrep: intensive three-week preparation program designed for students starting a degree at Griffith University.

At GELI we want you to make the most from your English studies. This is why we have a wide range of services to support you in all areas of your GELI experience.

GELI student advisers are your first point of contact to assist you with any issues affecting your study and life in Australia. No matter what, at GELI you are never alone.

Access free academic workshops that can help you continue to improve your English skills after class. You can also meet with specialised staff to help you with academic pathway advice and discuss your higher education or English study options.

Practice your English, make friends and enjoy Australia at its best participating of our GELI activities. You can choose from a wide range weekly free and low cost activities, on and off-campus such as cafe chat's, zoo visits, Brisbane city walks, surf lessons and much more.

Students who progress well in their studies and embrace their experience studying at GELI are also eligible to apply for the GELI Excellence Award. The award rewards these students with AUD$1,000 cash prize and is given out 10 times a year.

Find out more about student life at GELI, visit griffith.edu.au/geli

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Student Profiles

Bernabe Zaragoza Solis, Mexico

English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Direct Entry Program Preparation (DEP Prep) and Direct Entry Program (DEP)

"I think English is the universal language and to be able to speak it fluently will help me access international prospects in my career. To have the opportunity to study at such a renowned institute at a fair price has been a great advantage. GELI's multicultural environment encourages me to speak in English at all times, and that has helped me improve my skills dramatically. At GELI, I have not only improved my English but I have learned to 'think' in English. Studying the language has also changed my way of thinking; it has been a great investment for my future and has opened many doors in my career."

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