UTS College offers Academic English programs which meet a broad range of language needs. These programs lead to UTS Foundation Studies, UTS College diplomas and UTS Bachelor degrees, Masters degrees and PhDs.

Each level of English is supported by teacher guided computer lessons using CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) activities and materials relevant to class lessons. The Acaedmic Student Handbook explains the pathways through the different class levels.

Our English programs include special features such as:

  • extensive reading
  • independent learning
  • academic and social conversations
  • blended and flipped learning approaches
  • HELPS and Learning Assistance Support (LAS) sessions.

Remote Learning

All UTS College programs are being delivered online via Canvas, UTS online and Zoom until further notice. It’s important that you check your UTS email before every class so you don’t miss any important information. 

To help you transition, we’ve put together step-by-step instructions. Please see the following guides:


To make the most of your remote learning experience, please read our Online Learning Guide. Please also take a look at our online learning support workshops and online one-on-one learning support.

Visit our Remote Learning page to find out more about learning remotely. We recommend reading the FAQs on Remote Learning for English students.

Different class levels

Our Academic English programs from AE1 through to AE3 prepare you for entry to UTS Foundation Studies, while AE4 prepares you for diploma programs and AE5 for Bachelor or Master’s programs, with a focus on the development of the core macro language skills of listening and speaking, reading and writing. You’ll also develop 21st Century skills to prepare you for success at UTS.

The levels for the Academic English (AE) programs are:

  • AE1 Themes: Our World Lifestyle Events, 200 hours, IELTS on entry: 4.0
  • AE2 Themes: People Society, 200 hours, IELTS on entry: 4.5
  • AE3 Themes: Business Globalised World, 200 hours, IELTS on entry: 5.0
  • AE4 Themes: The Internet Society Cities, 200 hours, IELTS on entry: 5.5
  • AE5 Themes: Leadership in a Globalised World, 200 hours, IELTS on entry 6.0

Testing and placement, how to move up to the next level

Assessments including assignments, progress tests and formal examinations are set at regular intervals throughout your enrolment. We support you throughout your studies, with the provision of Study Success Advisers to help you succeed. If your teachers think that you may be at risk of not meeting program requirements, you will be offered counselling and assistance to help you make satisfactory progress.


If you enrol in one of the Academic English programs, you will need to attend classes 5 days a week, either in the morning or afternoon. This will be approximately 20 hours a week.


If you are an international student and your attendance drops below 80%, UTS College is required to advise the Department of Home Affairs. This could result in the cancellation of your visa. Personal reasons such as weddings, holidays, sports or hobbies are not acceptable reasons for missing classes.

It is also important that you arrive on time. Late students are marked absent. Lateness to class disrupts your studies and also your classmates. Please note, you are unable to change your classes without the permission from UTS College. If you are not on the class roll, you must notify the Student Centre at (or via the Blue Building, Level 4, 187 Thomas Street) immediately.

If you are ever unable to attend classes 

If you are ever unable to attend classes due to serious circumstances, for example, because you might be in hospital, have had an accident, been involved in a police matter, have faced a family crisis, you should contact the UTS College Student Centre on: (+61 2) 9218 8666 or email

If you are unable to speak to someone when you call, you should leave a message providing your name, your student number, a brief description of what has happened to prevent you from attending classes and a phone number for UTS College to contact you. Alternaively, you can email the Student Centre and include the above details in your email.

For emergencies after office hours (8am-6pm Monday to Friday) please contact UTS Security for assistance:

How to submit a medical certificate

For international students, UTS College is required by law to have documentary evidence of the circumstances that prevented you from attending classes. This might be a statement from:

  • a hospital
  • a police report
  • a report from a doctor
  • or in the case of a death in the family, a death certificate.

These documents are needed to show that your ability to study has been seriously affected if you need special consideration and to make sure that your student visa is not cancelled. The Study Success Advisers can help you in these situations.

On the first day back after your absence, please email the Student Centre at to provide them with your documentation. Please note, medical certificates must be issued by a registered medical provider such as hospitals, doctors, dentists (emergency appointments only), psychiatrists and psychologists. UTS College does not accept certificates from alternative medical practitioners such as herbal practitioners, acupuncturists, Chinese therapists, massage therapists, iridologists etc. The medical certificate must be the original (or a scanned copy if submitting via email) and must state the provider number. It must not be backdated. Medical Certificates purchased online are not accepted.


Your timetable will be given to you by UTS College on your first day.

English language sample timetable
Morning ClassesAfternoon Classes
10:30am – 12:30pm1pm – 3:30pm
1pm – 3pm4pm – 6pm

Can I make a change to my timetable?

If you would like to change your class, please contact

Who to contact for help

Type of help Name Title
General information regarding: appointments with teachers, program dates, IELTS results, class transfers, general study queries, etc. Student Centre
Information regarding: class assignments and exams, program work and study requirements and end of term resultsPlease see your class teacher