ANU Access English

ANU Access English is a ten-week intensive course with a strong focus on academic English designed to equip international students with the academic skills and knowledge required to transition successfully to postgraduate and undergraduate courses at The Australian National University.

Aims and Objectives

The broad aims of this course are to help students to use English in an academic context and to develop the study skills needed for university studies. The ANU Access English course also aims to assist students in understanding and adjusting to the teaching and learning styles appropriate to the Australian university context and in acquiring the skills and confidence to become independent learners.  

Course Content

ANU Access English consists of 20 hours per week of face-to-face classroom instruction, with 12 hours per week allocated to Reading/Writing components and 8 hours per week to Listening/Speaking components. In the ANU Access English course, students can expect to improve their:

  • Research and critical thinking skills.
  • Academic reading and writing skills, including how to write an Annotated Bibliography and an academic essay.
  • Listening and note-taking skills, including how to make notes in lectures.
  • Presentation, discussion and teamwork skills, including how to deliver an oral presentation, how to participate in tutorial discussions and how to work on group projects. 

Entry Requirements

To directly enrol in the course, students must have an overall IELTS Band Score of 6.0 with a minimum Band Score of 5.5 in each skill. Students who successfully complete the Academic English Preparation (AEP) programme level 4 are also eligible to enrol in the course. For more information on the AEP progression requirements, visit Academic English Preparation (AEP).     

Progression Requirements

ANU Access English provides direct entry to The Australian National University. To progress successfully to the ANU, students must achieve an overall grade of 60% and above.


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