Advanced English Communication Skills (AECS) is designed to challenge students with advanced language skills and has a strong focus on the development of speaking and listening skills. The AECS course uses a wide variety of study materials including advanced English course books, real-life television, radio shows and movies, magazines, journals, books and the Internet. Students also undertake a class project which can involve writing and performing a live play, directing and filming a documentary or producing individual video diaries (digital stories).

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: St Lucia
CRICOS: 00091C

Each year, more than 2500 students from over 40 countries choose to learn English at The University of Queensland's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ). Here's three reasons why.

The recognition of studying at a university ranked in the world's top 100
The University of Queensland is consistently placed among the top 100 universities in the world by all major ranking systems* and has a global reputation for excellence.

UQ offers Queensland's most comprehensive range of programs and has won more national Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards than any other Australian university.

UQ is also a founding member of the Australian universities Group of Eight (Go8) and a member of Universitas 21, a select group of international research-intensive universities.

Exceptional English language learning opportunities
ICTE-UQ has more than 30 years of experience helping students to improve their English for work, travel or further study. ICTE-UQ students:

  • learn in small classes of 14 to 15 students
  • are taught by qualified, experienced teachers
  • study in an award-winning building purpose built for language learning.

A campus environment ranked no.1 globally
In a survey** of more than 16,000 English language students in the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, ICTE-UQ was ranked number one for 'campus environment' and 'campus buildings'.

ICTE-UQ students enjoy all the benefits of studying on a large university campus, including student clubs and societies, sporting and social activities, worldclass library and computing facilities and opportunities to meet and make friends with students from Australia and around the world.

Fast facts about Brisbane

  • Warm subtropical climate
  • A modern, safe and relaxed city lifestyle
  • A welcoming, multicultural population of 2.1 million
  • Voted Australia's 'hippest city' by Lonely Planet in 2014
  • Easy-to-use public transport including buses, trains and river ferries
  • A short distance from the famous Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches

*UQ Rankings: QS World University Rankings (2014-2015), Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2014), Academic Rankings of World Universities (2014)
**Survey: iGraduate 2013 English Language Barometer

ICTE-UQ students get the support they need to learn, have fun and stay happy and healthy, including:

  • help with arriving in Brisbane, finding accommodation and employment
  • health and welfare support, including an on-campus health centre and counselling services
  • sporting facilities, including an Olympicsize swimming pool (free for ICTE-UQ students on Friday afternoon), a Sport and Fitness Centre (gym, cardio studio, Pilates studio, group fitness classes), a Tennis Centre, an Athletics Centre and eight playing fields
  • an exciting program of social, sporting, cultural and tourist activities.

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Student Profiles

Takashi Nomura, Japan

General English

"Being an ICTE-UQ student has been more than just about learning English - it has been a chance to experience other cultures and a major life experience for me. I believe there is no better place to learn English in Australia than ICTE-UQ."

Tathiane Vuides Santos, Brazil

General English

"The teachers at ICTE-UQ are helpful and friendly and are always available to help. I can feel my English getting better and better every day. Being part of the UQ campus is a great experience and the perfect way to be surrounded by English every day. The facilities are excellent and I have even been able to join the UQ Capoeira club."

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