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General English Program

Study English for career, travel or just out of interest!

Our General English classes are a pathway for students preparing to study in our Direct Entry Program, but they are also a great choice for anyone wanting to improve their English for their career, travel, or just out of interest.

Our English programs are currently available online, so you can start your studies with us wherever you are!

Our Classes

General English at the University of Tasmania has three courses (1-3) based on Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. Your progress to each level is based on your achievement in regular progress tests.

Program Length

The General English Program is offered in 10-week blocks commencing every 5 weeks. You can study General English for 10 - 30 weeks.  If you have an English test score (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL), you can find out below which class you will be placed into.

Which class will I go into?>

If you do not have an IELTS, PTE or TOEFL score, you will need to sit for an English placement test.  We can arrange a test for you.

Contact us for a placement test

Start Date

Choose your start date >


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Pathway to our Direct Entry Program

Our General English classes can also be a pathway for students preparing to study in our Direct Entry Program. Students who complete the General English Intermediate course will have the opportunity to advance to the Direct Entry Program - EAP1 and begin their preparation for future University studies.

You will learn

General English Classes build the fundamentals of English language for global communication, ensuring a solid base for those who require English to develop access to further study, careers, travel or just for personal interest.  These units provide students with the tools to interact confidently in a range of situations as well as taking the first steps towards success at university if you decide to take that path.

Develop your ability and confidence by focusing on:

  • Fluency in spoken language
  • Communication skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Grammar usage

Course Progression

While many students progress steadily through their course, some students may need to spend additional time building their skills and confidence.  It is important to note that you may need to repeat one or more levels if you are not making satisfactory progress.  When thinking about your study plans, you may need to allow time for additional study before commencement of your intended degree.

Contact the English Language Centre for more details