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University English Centres Australia (UECA) is a network of Australian universities offering a variety of English Language Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), TESOL teacher training and professional development programs.

Founded in 1998, UECA members continue to provide a wide range of university preparation programs that give students the academic and linguistic platform required to study at some of the top universities in Australia.


  • Promote Australian University based English language centres to international and domestic students.
  • Affirm UECA's strong commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Offer value to our partner universities through the recruitment and preparation of international students to study at their universities.
  • Build partnerships with domestic and international universities to help build research capacity, teacher training and ongoing professional development to the global TESOL community.

UECA members offer English language pathways that articulate international students directly to Foundation Studies (high school equivalent), Diploma programs (first year undergraduate programs), Bachelor programs and Post-graduate programs (Master and Doctorate level). Their centres also offer programs in academic and general English including English for business and work, teacher training and test preparation (IELTS, CAE, FCE, TOEFL iBT, PTE, OET and BULATS). UECA colleges also tailor English language programs based on specific requests e.g. Study Tours and Study Abroad programs.


  • Inform government positions and policy.
  • Promote studying with partner Australian universities at key domestic and international events.
  • Support research within the ELICOS and university communities.
  • Provide information and professional support to members.


UECA offers partner universities an opportunity to:

  • Attend UECA international marketing missions to promote English Language Centres in new/developing markets.
  • Create platforms for information sharing and student recruitment.
  • Share research and data from benchmarking activities.
  • Participate in professional development workshops customised for teachers, directors and marketing officers to promote English language courses.
  • Contribute and shape the policy development activities of UECA.


UECA Marketing Missions

UECA organises annual international marketing missions to multiple markets to promote the network's English language centres and their programs. It works closely with Austrade and partner universities to conduct demonstration lessons, student promotional events, partner university workshops, brainstorming sessions and B2B networking events in key offshore markets. In 2013, UECA’s marketing missions focused on ASEAN countries including Vietnam and Thailand, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, and are explanding to include Colombia, Brazil and Chile in 2014.

Professional Development Fest

The Professional Development Fest is designed especially for early career, experienced and master level teachers. The annual PD Fest provides an opportunity for teachers to share ideas and teaching techniques and strategies to build an engaging curriculum. It also explores issues facing the industry and discusses opportunities for career development. UECA works closely with peak bodies such as English Australia on this event.

Building Research capacity for ELICOS

Through the sponsorship of the English Language Teaching (ELT) Research Workshops and Symposia at regional conferences such as CamTESOL, Cambodia, UECA has facilitated the meeting and networking of international researchers in the field of ELT. Through discussions and by providing training to emerging regional researchers, UECA has created multi-lateral opportunities for international collaborations in research in ELT.


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