Excelsia College News | ELICOS


The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at Excelsia College are for students who would like to prepare for living, studying and working in Australia. Without English language skills it can be difficult to express oneself, or be successful in higher education and a career while assimilating into a community in Australia. In obtaining entry into an ELICOS course, students not only boost their English language proficiency but also form new connections, discover Australian culture and develop their sense of belonging in a fun and lively environment. 

The courses also help international students to develop learning strategies and critical thinking skills that can be applied to higher education contexts, as well as in the workplace. International students will develop the ability to better understand language nuances and subtexts. By the end of the course students will be able to write well-structured and formatted texts of various types and understand academic texts. High proficiency in English leads to a multitude of opportunities for students that exist locally and globally.  


The College offers three levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) equivalent is mentioned below.  

  1. EAP 1 (4.0–5.0 IELTS equivalent) 
  1. EAP 2 (5.0–6.0 IELTS equivalent)  
  1. EAP 3 (6.0–6.5 IELTS equivalent) 


Students are placed in their proficiency level and the program is designed to continually assess the students progress and adjust according to their needs. Upon successful completion of EAP 2, students are eligible to transition into their undergraduate program, and upon achieving EAP 3, they are eligible to transition into their selected postgraduate program – excluding the Master of Teaching (Secondary), Master of Counselling, Master of Social Work (Qualifying) and Doctor of Philosophy (Organisational Leadership).  


For example, for students who do not meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) entry requirement for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5), with an overall IELTS score of 6.0, but do meet all other entry requirements and have one of the ELP bands at 5.5, they have the option to undertake a 5 week EAP 2 program starting on 10 June, 2024. If they successfully complete EAP 2, they can commence the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5) on 24 July, 2024. This option is also available to those with an IELTS overall score of 5.5 and no band less than 5.5. 
Besides having a multi-level course structure, the ELICOS program will be delivered by highly experienced and qualified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teachers. These teachers are dedicated to empowering students and instilling confidence in all aspects of English language proficiency, specifically spoken and comprehension abilities.   


Dr Daisy William is the ELICOS Program Director at Excelsia College. She has a PhD in Financial Management and Corporate Governance from the University of New England. Daisy’s experience spans from management, teaching, lecturing, course coordination, business management and development, private consulting, and ministry.  
In addition to benefiting from experienced academics, students will enjoy access to our excellent facilities, engaging in cultural excursions, participating in language clinics, and labs specifically designed to address language nuances, including pronunciation and context. 
Khanh Linh Pham, a current ELICOS student at Excelsia said: 

‘I love Excelsia College. The friendly teachers are always ready to assist, and the clean, beautiful classrooms create a comfortable learning atmosphere. We also enjoy participating in the various activities like language clinics.’  


Excelsia College seeks to equip students to be successful in their higher education studies by collaborating with academics to provide the best support so that they can seamlessly transition from ELICOS to their degree program.  


Find out more about the ELICOS program here.