ELICOS: English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) applies to students studying in Australia on student visas. ‘Intensive’ denotes full-time study comprising a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week of face-to-face classes of English language instruction.
Studying ELICOS in an Australian English school means participating in a sector of Australian education that has been developed to allow speakers of English as a second language (ESL) to either develop their English or to continue on to academic studies.
ELICOS forms a significant part of Australia’s international education sector. Students come from overseas to study the English language for a variety of reasons. Some need to improve their English for work or career purposes, some have a personal interest in becoming fluent in English, and some intend to travel. Others may want to continue their education in English, either in Australia or elsewhere, and need to develop the language skills to undertake further study.
The National standards for ELICOS providers and courses were developed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments in consultation with the ELICOS sector.
In most countries there is no control over ESL teaching. In Australia the government regulates the English teaching industry to make sure that all international students receive a high quality of instruction.
Australia also has a very high quality university and vocational education system, and students often come to Australia with plans for a full study program, with English language as the stepping stone to other courses.
The ELICOS Standards enhance Australia’s reputation as a provider of quality world-class international education markets and help attract high-quality international students to Australia.