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    About GELI

    For nearly 30 years, Griffith English Language Institute (GELI), Griffith University’s official English language provider, has been delivering award-winning English language programs to international students.

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    Direct Entry

    Access to Griffith University facilities

    Courses for
    all students

    Exciting activities program

    Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

    English Test

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    Email: griffith-english@griffith.edu.au

    Phone: +61 (0)7 3735 3463

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    Welcome to Griffith English Language Institute (GELI). At GELI, your individual goals are important, regardless of whether you want to improve your English for study, work, travel or personal interest. Our classes are small and our staff will quickly come to know you and identify your learning needs.

    With nearly 30 years of experience in teaching long and short courses to students from all over the world, GELI provides high quality learning opportunities, excellent resources and a range of specialised support services designed to help you to be successful in achieving excellent study outcomes.

    We invite you to join the positive, vibrant and supportive university campus culture that enables you to immerse yourself in English. Our highly-qualified and experienced teachers will ensure you have the very best learning experiences in class. Outside the classroom, you can continue to develop your English through fun social activities, experiences of local Australian culture and adventures exploring our beautiful natural environment. Not only will your English quickly improve, but you will form lifelong friendships with students from all around the world.

    Congratulations on your decision to study abroad, and we look forward to meeting you at GELI!

    Kerry Sutcliffe

    Director (GELI)

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    About GELI

    Student Life

    GELI Courses


    Life in Queensland


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    Direct Entry Program

    Gain entry to a Griffith University degree, Study Abroad or Exchange program, or Griffith College diploma.

    Find out more

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    Courses for all students

    Improve your English for work, travel, personal interest or to enter high school in Queensland.

    Find out more

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    Independent Learning
    Centre (ILC)

    Enhance your language skills outside class.

    Find out more

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    Award-winning excellence

    Multi award-winning institute and recipient of national industry awards:

    • 2016 English Australia/ETS TOEFL Award
      for Innovation
    • 2015 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award
    • 2014 Office of Learning and
      Teaching Program Award for
      University Teaching for GELES

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    Access to Griffith
    University facilities

    Including library, computer labs, sporting facilities, and health and welfare services.

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    Exciting activities program

    Participate in free and low-cost activities to practise your English, make friends
    and have fun.

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  • GELI in

    3 campuses

    1000+ students per year

    40+ nationalities

    10 intakes per year, every 5 weeks

  • Direct Entry Program

    Join our highly popular Direct Entry Program to gain the English skills necessary to enter a Griffith University degree or Griffith College diploma.

    You will be placed in the appropriate class based on the results from your proficiency test or the Griffith English Test. As you progress through the Direct Entry Program, you will build your English language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and at the higher levels you will practise academic skills that will help you to be successful in your studies at diploma, bachelor, master or PhD level. A highlight of the pathway for Griffith University degree students includes the final 10 weeks, where you will attend lectures, participate in class tutorials, and complete essays and a research assignment to prepare you for your studies.

    When you successfully complete the Direct Entry Program at the equivalent of the IELTS level needed for your degree or diploma, you can enter your program directly without needing to submit a proficiency test result.


    Your tuition fees for the Direct Entry Program will vary depending on the number of weeks you are enrolled.

    Up to 25 weeks: $450 per week
    26+ weeks: $420 per week
    Enrolment fee: $225

    GELI classes

    Class sizes at GELI are small so you will receive personal attention from your teachers and progress quickly through your studies.

    There are 25 hours of study per week: 20 hours of face-to-face learning in class and an additional 5 hours of independent learning each week using GELI’s independent learning plans.

    Classes are held daily Monday to Friday from 8.15am - 12.45pm, allowing plenty of time in the afternoon for additional study or to join the Activities Program.

    Direct Entry Program

    Griffith English Test

    If you do not hold a proficiency test result (e.g. IELTS), take our free online English test to find your English class placement level for Griffith English Language Institute.


    How long will I need to study at GELI?

  • How long will I need to study at GELI?

    Key: W = Writing, L = Listening, R = Reading, S = Speaking, < = less than, Comm Skill = Communicative Skill.
    *Check the English language entry requirements for your degree at griffith.edu.au/international-study
    Please note: it normally takes 10–15 weeks to progress from one level to the next. This table indicates expected course length for students requiring IELTS 6.5.

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    English for work, travel or
    personal reasons

    Our English courses are not just for people wanting to go to university. We know there are lots of reasons you may want to improve your English. No matter whether you are beginner or advanced, we will help you achieve your English goals through our English Language Program. Learn at our award-winning institute whilst meeting new people and joining in fun activities, and have the additional support and services that come with being part of Griffith University.

    If you change your study preferences and decide that you would like to apply for a Griffith University degree, Study Abroad or Exchange program, or Griffith College diploma at a later date, you will already be on the pathway to undertake further study.

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    GELI offers a range of other English language courses and
    services depending on your study needs.

    Succeeding at Griffith

    Succeeding at Griffith is a compulsory 3-day intensive short course designed specifically for international partner university students transitioning to Griffith University. The course aims to highlight university expectations and to enhance the language, academic and study skills required to succeed at Griffith.

    English Test Preparation

    English Test Preparation is designed for students who are planning to take an external English language test such as IELTS, PTE Academic or ISLPR. English Test Preparation is available post-arrival only.

    This course provides an overview of the main English language proficiency tests and introduces you to a range of helpful test-taking strategies. The course introduces practice in the four skills areas of the tests including:

    • Reading: understanding information from academic and general texts
    • Writing: writing essays under exam conditions
    • Listening: understanding information presented in academic and general settings
    • Speaking: participating in academic/general discussions and presenting information.

    High School Preparation (HSP)

    High School Preparation (HSP) is a specialised program for international students aged between 13 and 18 years entering an Australian secondary school. The program combines English language studies with school subject studies to improve your English as well as general knowledge, academic skills and cultural information. Upon successful completion of the program, you will have achieved the English language proficiency level to enter an Australian
    high school.

    You will be placed in the HSP program according to your English level, which will be determined by your recognised proficiency test results or a placement test. Students are generally required to study in the HSP program for a minimum of 20 weeks.

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    Additional programs

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    English Language
    Enhancement Course (ELEC)

    This 10-credit point language and communication course is compulsory for undergraduate students in your first trimester if you have an IELTS score below 7.0*. This course is specific to your degree area and will help you throughout your studies.
    *subject to certain exemptions.

    EnglishHELP (English Higher
    Education Language Program)

    Free individual consultations with an academic language specialist, and workshops such as Find Your Voice (speaking and listening), Academic Grammar & Vocabulary, Pronunciation Power, Scientific Writing (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework only). You can access free HELP Yourself Resources wherever and whenever you need to. We also offer personalised support for research students.

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    Griffith University provides academic and English language assistance to help you succeed in your Griffith University degree.

    Library self-help resources

    You can refresh your learning in areas such as computing, researching, writing, presenting and analysing, strategies for academic success, referencing, and numeracy and maths.

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    Postgraduate English
    Language Enhancement (PELE)

    Extra weekly English and Academic Skills tutorials for postgraduate coursework students that develop your discipline-specific language skills to help you succeed in your studies.

    available in selected degrees and courses

    Griffith Mates

    The Mates are a diverse peer-support network for international students, with members who speak over 30 languages. Griffith Mates will help you make the most of university, develop friendships and practise your English.

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    Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules (PRISMS)

    Advanced online training for HDR candidates and research students in the following areas: managing your research, reviewing literature, writing and presenting, managing research data, getting published and measuring impact.

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    Take a subsidised IELTS (Academic) or PTE Academic test as evidence of your English language proficiency for future employers, professional registration, visa applications or for personal reasons.

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    English language support

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    IELTS Test Centre

    The Griffith IELTS Test Centre is on the Mt Gravatt campus. Regular tests are held on Saturdays for both the Academic and General Training modules.

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    PTE Academic Test Centre

    Griffith’s PTE Academic Test Centre is located at the Gold Coast campus. PTE Academic is a computer-based test of English language proficiency for study, migration and professional registration. Tests results are typically available within five business days.

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    Griffith Test Centres

  • GELI is located across three Griffith University campuses in the cities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.

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    world-class education, a beautiful climate and superb lifestyle. It is an ideal place to study and develop your career.

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    Fast facts

    2.27 million people

    283 days of
    sunshine a year

    Average temperature:
    15°C – 25°C

    One of the world’s most liveable cities

    Culturally diverse population: 28% of Brisbane’s residents were born overseas

    State capital of Queensland

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    Population: More than
    500,000 people

    300 days of
    sunshine a year

    Average temperature:
    16°C – 25°C

    Spans nearly 60 km of coastline with some of the best beaches on the planet

    Culturally diverse population: 28% of
    Gold Coast’s residents
    were born overseas

    hectares of World
    Heritage-listed rainforests

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    Your student experience

    Enjoy the advantages of studying on Griffith University’s campuses while you learn English at GELI. We have facilities and services that will help you study, meet people, pursue your interests, and practise your English.

    Academic workshops

    We offer free after-class workshops to assist students to improve in specific skill areas such as grammar and vocabulary.

    GELI Student Advisor

    If you need some extra personal support, make an appointment with our GELI Student Advisor at the GELI Student Centre. The GELI Student Advisor provides advice and information on issues that can affect your life in Australia and your studies at GELI.

    Independent Learning Centre

    Each GELI centre has its own dedicated Independent Learning Centre (ILC). You can use these centres and their resources to undertake additional English study. We encourage you to follow your weekly independent learning plans provided by GELI to guide your
    independent study.

    Health and wellbeing

    If you need a doctor, there are health and medical services located on the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses, as well as medical centres and hospitals near each campus.

    If you need someone to talk to about personal issues, we offer free, confidential student counselling on all our campuses.

    Library and computer labs

    GELI students have access to Griffith University libraries across all campuses, which have computers available for study and a free WIFI connection.

    Sport and fitness

    Griffith offers a variety of sporting facilities and competitions. Join Griffith Sport for social sport competitions. Enjoy discount student memberships for facilities including:

    • on-campus gyms
    • Mt Gravatt Tennis Centre
    • swimming pools at Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses.

    Clubs and societies

    Griffith has over 120 clubs in cultural, religious, political, educational, sporting, professional and special interest areas. There are also international student societies from the following countries: Africa, Bangladesh, China, Europe, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.


    Each Griffith campus provides access to prayer facilities as well as multi-faith chaplains.

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    At GELI, learning English does not stop when you leave the classroom. Through our activities you can meet new people, make friends, enjoy the Australian lifestyle, practise your English, and most importantly, have fun!


  • When you study at the Griffith English language Institute, you will learn in a positive and welcoming environment, as you improve your English to reach your goals.

    Student stories

    ‘I chose to study at Griffith English Language Institute because it is one of the best English schools in Australia.
    On top of that, they have wonderful structure and great services to support my study.’

    Kelen Marczak Polli, Brazil

    Former GELI student and GELI Excellence Award winner

    'I really enjoyed learning in class and in my own time at the Independent Learning Centre. My favourite thing to do after class was to go to any of the GELI activities; they are fun and helped me practise my English as well as make new friends. Since studying at GELI I have been able to successfully continue my studies at Griffith University.'

    Thuy Ngoc Tran Nguyen, Vietnam

    Former GELI student

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    How to apply

    Applying to study at GELI is easy.

    With applications open all year round, you can complete your application in 6 simple steps.

    Step 1

    Choose the degree, program or diploma you want to study (if relevant)

    Find the Griffith University program or Griffith College diploma which meets your career and study goals at
    griffith.edu.au/international-study or griffith.edu.au/college.

    Step 2

    If necessary, test your English language, grammar and vocabulary

    If you do not hold a proficiency test result (e.g. IELTS), take our free online English test to find your English class placement level.


    Step 3

    Choose the English program you
    want to study

    See English language program options at griffith.edu.au/english-programs.

    Step 5

    Apply online

    Apply online or via a registered recruitment representative. We will let you know how
    many weeks of English you need to complete
    to achieve your study goals in your Letter
    of Offer.

    If you are also applying for a Griffith University degree or Study Abroad or Exchange program, you will receive a packaged offer.

    Step 6

    Accept your offer

    Once you have received a Letter of Offer, you must formally accept your offer and pay your total deposit fee.

    Step 4

    Prepare supporting documentation

    Include certified copies of any required documentation (translated into English
    if applicable).

    After you accept your offer

    Once you have accepted your offer, GELI will:

    • send you a GELI Welcome Letter confirming your enrolment;
    • send you an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) if you are applying for a student visa;
    • provide information about Orientation Day including what time you need to arrive on campus and what you need to bring;
    • provide you with a computing login letter so you are able to update your contact details prior to your commencement at Griffith.
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    Whether you would like to live on-campus or off-campus, there are a number of options you can explore to find housing to suit your needs. You can also choose homestay and live with a local Australian family while you study.


    On-campus accommodation is available at all GELI campuses. Living on campus is a fantastic way to meet new people, find out about new cultures, and develop independence. On-campus accommodation is usually fully furnished and provides access to laundry facilities, gym equipment, common rooms, internet and organised student activities.

    • Semi-catered: Mt Gravatt campus
    • Self-catered: Gold Coast, Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses



    In Australia, share housing – where you share a house or apartment with a number of other students – is the most common form of offcampus accommodation. You will improve your English faster if you share with students who speak a different first language from you.



    Homestay accommodation gives you the option of living with an Australian family while you study. Homestay is available to students at all GELI campuses. Homestay is a great way to develop your English language skills and experience life in Australia, and offers catered
    and self-catered options.


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    The cost of living in South East Queensland is considered more affordable than other major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne*. The Australian Government requires students to have access to a minimum of A$20,290 (Australian dollars) per year to meet their living costs.

    *In the QS Best Student Cities 2018 rankings, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are ahead of Sydney and Melbourne in the Affordability Rank.

    Calculating your total cost of study

    Your total cost of studying in Australia will include:

    • tuition fees
    • visa application fees
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
    • flights
    • cost of living
    • other personal and study-related expenses.

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    South East Queensland is an affordable and friendly place to study and offers a combination of quality education and high living standards.

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    Work while you study

    Working while you study in Australia can complement your student experience. Australia has a high national minimum wage, and work rights in Australia mean you are entitled to a healthy and safe work environment, regular breaks and rest periods. Student visa holders can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight.

    Dinner: $19.50

    Movie ticket: $12.50

    Glass of tap beer: $6.00

    Fast food meal: $9.00

    Return trip to campus: $4.50

    Regular coffee: $4.50

    Men’s haircut: $23.00

    Loaf of bread: $2.50

    The information above is based on 2019 costs.
    Please be advised it is an estimate only and individual differences mean prices will vary.

    Monthly gym membership: $53.00

    Cost of living



    Griffith has used reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information contained in this publication is correct at the time of printing but this information may be subject to corrections or changes without notice. Griffith reserves the right to alter, change, or discontinue degrees and courses without notice. Griffith assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information provided by third parties. The publication of degree and program details in this document does not create an obligation on the part of Griffith to teach a degree in any given year, or teach it in the mode described in this publication. It is the responsibility of students to check and confirm all general and degree-specific information prior to application and enrolment. In particular, degree offerings, duration, mode, commencement, campus location, fees, and entry requirements need to be checked and confirmed. All costs and fees contained in this publication are in Australian dollars (AU$). Applications and enrolments are subject to Griffith’s Privacy Policy, which is available online at griffith.edu.au/privacy-policy.

    ESOS Compliance

    The provision of education services to international students by Australian educational institutions is governed by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations under this Act. Griffith, in providing education services to overseas students, complies with the National Code of Practice through the Department of Education. Visit: internationaleducation.gov.au and education.gov.au.

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    Griffith English Test

    Take our free online English test to find your English class placement level for Griffith
    English Language Institute.