CDU International College

English for
Academic Purposes 4

EAP 4 prepares international students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Charles Darwin University


English for Academic Purposes prepares international students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Charles Darwin University. English for Academic Purposes is designed for students who have met the academic requirements of their program but have not yet met the English language requirements. The course builds both English Language skills and the academic skills students need to succeed at the university.

Small classes and specialist teachers provide a supportive, inclusive, and effective learning environment in which students can build their confidence before transitioning into an Australian University environment.

As an EAP student, you will

  • Improve your speaking and listening skills through a broad range of interactive classroom activities
  • Improve your academic reading and writing skills through engagement with a range of academic texts
  • Gain exposure to the types of assessment tasks you encounter during your university degree
  • Develop the independent learning skills required to succeed at CDU
  • Learn to confidently use CDU learning technologies in a supported environment.


There are two levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP 3 and EAP 4) which can be taken separately, or together (20 weeks), depending on a student’s English entry level and their destination degree. Each EAP level is undertaken full-time over 10 weeks.

Upon successful completion of English for Academic Purposes 4, students will meet the English language requirements for direct entry to:

  • Eligible CDU undergraduate programs requiring an IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall.
  • Eligible CDU postgraduate coursework programs requiring an IELTS equivalent to 6.5 overall.

Teaching takes place face to face in small group classes. Each week students will attend 20 hours of class and are expected to complete approximately 10 hours of work outside of this time.


Core Unit: totalling 40 credit points as detailed below

  • EAP004 English for Academic Purposes 4


Course Syllabus:

  • Week 1: Module 1A The tertiary environment
  • Week 2: Module 1B The tertiary environment
  • Week 3: Module 2A Progress and Innovation
  • Week 4: Module 2B Progress and Innovation
  • Week 5: Module 3A Communities
  • Week 6: Module 3B Communities
  • Week 7: Module 4A Systems
  • Week 8: Module 4B Systems
  • Week 9: Module 5A Employment and Leadership
  • Week 10: Module 5B Employment and Leadership

Admission criteria: 

In order to gain admission to English for Academic Purposes 4 potential students must meet the academic requirements of their primary degree program and meet one of the English Language requirements.

Students must be at least 17 years old when they commence the program.


English language requirements:

To gain entry into CDU International College, all applicants must satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 162.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency (CEFR)A minimum overall grade of B2.
DuolingoA minimum overall score of 95.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 42.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum score of 18 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU International College, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Academic entry requirements by country

Meet university entry requirements for desired progression courses. A full list of academic entry requirements by country can be found in our Entry Requirements page.

International tuition fees

The gross tuition fee for full time study is AUD $450 per week and non-tuition fees are AUD $200.

These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.


2024 Pathway Scholarships

Standard Scholarship of up to 20% tuition fee are available for all pathway programs.

Find out more about your eligibility

No application is required as applicants are automatically assessed after submitting their application to a course within the CDU International College. The scholarships are for all pathway applicants from all regions.

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Sample course progression

ELICOS program finishing in June articulate into Bachelor degrees starting in Year 1 – Semester 2 (July).

ELICOS program finishing in October articulate into Bachelor degrees starting in Year 1 – Semester 3 (November).

ELICOS program finishing in January articulate into Bachelor degrees starting in Year 2 – Semester 1 (March).