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Your English pathway to academic study

If you have not yet achieved the English language requirement for your Griffith University degree, Study Abroad or Exchange program or Griffith College diploma, you can join our highly popular Direct Entry Program.

A highlight for Griffith University degree students studying the Direct Entry Program is 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.

Course features

Hours per week

There is 20 hours of face-to-face learning in class plus an additional five hours of independent learning specially designed to add to the week’s classroom lessons.

Class sizes

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


Classes are 8.15 am – 12.45 pm or, when available, 1 pm – 5.30 pm. A class time will be selected for you, with special circumstances taken into account where possible.

Learning outcomes

You will improve all your English language skills. 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.

Independent learning

After class you can continue to practise your English using specially developed independent learning plans.

Independent Learning Centre


Your tuition fees will vary depending on the number of weeks you are enrolled. You will also need to pay an enrolment fee.


Start date

Classes start every five weeks. When you start will depend on your Griffith University degree or Griffith College diploma start date and the number of weeks you are recommended to study English.

Key dates


You can use your free time to take advantage of our after-class workshops, Activities program, the Australian lifestyle and opportunities to work around your study schedule.

Activities program

Pathway to Griffith University

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

Griffith English Test

Take our free online English test to learn your commencing class level at Griffith English Language Institute.

How long will I need to study English?

You can enter most Griffith University degrees if you have IELTS 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 (or equivalent), and most Griffith College diplomas if you have IELTS 5.5 with no sub-score below 5.0 (or equivalent).

Check the specific English language requirements for your program.

Study duration

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English proficiency and placement test

You will not have to sit a placement test on arrival if:

  • you submit results for a recognised proficiency test and achieved an overall IELTS of 4.5 with no sub-score below 4.0, or equivalent
  • your proficiency test was taken within two years before your Direct Entry Program commencement date.

If you do not have a proficiency test score, you will do a placement test when you arrive on campus and be placed into the appropriate level of the program.

Recognised proficiency tests

  • IELTS (take a test at Mt Gravatt campus)
  • PTE Academic (take a test at Gold Coast campus)
  • ISLPR (take a test at Mt Gravatt)


You may choose to take an English proficiency test to determine your readiness for Griffith University at any stage of your English studies.


GELI has been the best pathway to reach my academic goals. Since I started my studies at GELI I have been able to learn so much, not only about English but also I have acquired multiple skills that I will be able to use in my studies and professional life. I was also the winner of the ‘Excellence Award’, this has encouraged me to always continue to do the best I can to be a better version of myself.

- Mauricio Gonzalez Betancur

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