Swinburne University of Technology - English Language Courses

Swinburne is a world-class, world-ranked institution leading the way in science, technology, business, design and innovation. Swinburne offers English language programs to prepare you for a successful career or for direct entry to one of Swinburne’s degree or diploma programs.

About us

Swinburne has an international reputation for quality research that connects science and technology with business and the community. Our commitment to high-quality teaching and research is reflected in a number of prestigious world academic ranking lists. In 2016, QS and Times Higher Education ranked Swinburne amongst the top 100 young universities in the world. Swinburne has also received accolades for its work in physics and design. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015 named Swinburne amongst the world’s top 100 universities in the field of physics, and the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 recognised Swinburne’s design school as one of the top 100 in the world. Additionally, Swinburne has been consistently ranked in ARWU’s top 400 in the world.


Swinburne's English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), delivered at our Hawthorn campus, give you an opportunity to learn from qualified teachers, interact in English in a multicultural environment and prepare for entry to other Swinburne programs.

Our English language courses range from elementary to advanced levels. With a new intake every five weeks, you can start when it suits you. You can study for between five and 50 weeks, depending on your current level of English and whether you want to continue with further study.

General English
These courses will help you to improve your everyday English. They cover reading, writing, listening and speaking, punctuation and grammar to increase your competence using English.

Classes include:

  • Listening and oral communication skills
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Pronunciation and oral fluency
  • Supervised independent learning
  • Excursions and social activities.

English for Academic Purposes
These courses will prepare you for entry to Swinburne. They focus on the language, critical thinking and academic skills required in your further studies. 

You will develop skills in:

  • Assignment, report and essay writing
  • Academic reading, listening and note taking
  • Communication and interaction in the academic environment
  • Oral presentations and seminar discussions
  • Academic vocabulary development
  • Research and library techniques.

At the advanced levels, classes are separated into streams according to their discipline. This allows students to focus on the specific language skills required in their main course – whether it’s business, design, engineering or information technology (IT).

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Contact us

Swinburne Place West, 20 Wakefield Street
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: + 61 3 8676 7002
Email: international@swinburne.edu.au
Website: www.swinburne.edu.au/international 
Swinburne University of Technology CRICOS:  00111D
TOID provider: 3059

Swinburne offers a supportive, secure and peaceful campus environment. Our students enjoy state-of-the-art multimedia lecture theatres, well-stocked libraries, up-to-date computer labs and wi-fi connectivity, as well as on-campus accommodation at Hawthorn - so our students get the most out of their studies.

We also offer a range of services and programs that extend beyond what you learn in the classroom, including:

  • Dedicated international student support team
  • Accommodation counsellors
  • Student Leadership and Volunteer Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Careers and Employment Services 
  • Health and counselling clinic
  • Multi-faith prayer facilities
  • Language and Academic Skill centre
  • Maths and Statistics Help centre
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre

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Ayaka, Japan


The part that I enjoy most about my program is having conversations in class with other international students and teachers. It has been a very interesting experience to have friends from other countries in my class. I have become interested in other countries’ cultures. Now I would like to go to places such as Vietnam, Korea and China, even though I hadn’t thought about going there before.

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