English for Future Tertiary Studies

Introduction to Academic Studies (IAS)

CRICOS Course Code - 069912A

The UOW College Introduction to Academic Studies (IAS) course prepares international students for academic life and for living in Australia.

It is designed to develop and refine a wide range of academic skills necessary for success in university study. The social aspects of beginning a new life in a foreign country are also a focus of classroom and excursion activities.

Students who take the IAS course have already met university entry requirements and have been offered a place in either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. On completion of IAS, students will proceed to university.

Skills Developed

IAS allows students to develop skills in:

  1. Essay writing
  2. Reading academic journal articles
  3. Communication and interaction in the academic environment through oral presentations and discussions
  4. Library and research techniques

Entry Requirements

Students in IAS have met the English language requirements for their University degree.

Length of Study and Hours per Week

This course is 20 hours per week in class tuition for 6 weeks.


  • Essay writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Participation in online discussion forums

Session Dates & Intakes

Last reviewed: 28 July, 2015