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0.5 year/s full-time


On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester
Online - No


Not available to domestic students.
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required


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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, 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, students will be eligible for entry into a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs at CDU.

This is a 10 week English program and will be offered at the Darwin Waterfront campus commencing 14 April. Additional programs will be available in August and November 2023.


International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $.00. This equates to $.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
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.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study at CDU?

Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

What will I study?

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Course structure

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or


Upon successful completion of ZEAP40, 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.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Unit40cp

Core unit totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

EAP004 English for Academic Purposes 4 (40 credit points)

 40cpTotal Credit Points


Entry requirements

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 one of the English Language requirements listed.

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

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's 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.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

CDU English for Academic Purposes 3Successful completion of EAP003 English for Academic Purposes 3.
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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
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, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
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Area of study
Enabling Courses, Languages and Linguistics, Arts

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

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If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

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