Swinburne University of Technology - English Language Courses

Students come first at Swinburne. We equip our students with the knowledge and capabilities they need to establish successful careers through high-quality teaching and industry-engaged learning.

Swinburne offers qualifications ranging from English language programs, Foundation Studies, certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees to master degrees and PhDs. These options allow you to choose courses and pathways to suit your individual interests and career aspirations.

Swinburne has campuses in the inner and eastern suburbs of Melbourne, one in the Melbourne CBD and one in Sarawak, Malaysia. Swinburne's main campus in Hawthorn is just eight kilometres from the centre of the city, just 10 minutes by direct train. It is set among the cafes, boutiques and bookshops of a vibrant business, retail and residential area, with the convenience of supermarkets and the train station.

Swinburne is a research-intensive university, ranked equal 10th in Australia and top three in Melbourne by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014. Our researchers have earned a reputation for high-impact research, partnerships and commercialisation in concentrated areas of expertise.

We employ only highly qualified and credentialed academic staff, with relevant knowledge and experience in the fields they teach. Their impact on students has been consistently recognised by The Good Universities Guide, with some of the highest ratings for teaching quality, graduate satisfaction and generic (employability) skills. Our teachers make themselves available to students, in class, around campus or online, and contribute to the hands-on learning approach that complements their studies.


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 (elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate)

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
  • supervised independent learning
  • excursions and social activities.

English for Academic Purposes (intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced)

These courses will prepare you for entry to Swinburne. They focus on the language, critical thinking and academic skills required in your further studies. Advanced level classes focus on the language skills specific to your study area, including business, design, engineering and information technology (IT).

You will develop skills in:

  • academic writing for a variety of genres
  • academic reading, listening and note taking
  • communication and interaction in the academic environment
  • oral presentations and seminar discussions
  • research and library techniques.

Intensive English (Advanced)

If you have already achieved the English requirements for your course, we recommend you take an optional five-week intensive program which is specifically designed to refresh your English language skills and prepare for academic study before you begin your course.

Swinburne invests in major refurbishments and new infrastructure for teaching and research. Cutting-edge new buildings include the $140 million Advanced Technologies Centre and the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre at the main campus.

We offer 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.

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Sojin Kim, South Korea

English for Academic Purposes

"I'm studying English for Academic Purposes so I can go on and study information technology at Swinburne. I chose Swinburne because they have many services to assist international students, including help with assignments, finding accommodation and living in Melbourne. They also organise many activities to help you make friends with local students."

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