English Language Training Information


Candidates selected for Australia Award Scholarships receive conditional offers, subject to:

    • meeting all visa requirements to study in Australia (including health requirements)
    • confirmed acceptance into a course at an Australian university
    • meeting English language requirements for entry into a selected course.

English language proficiency is essential to succeed in postgraduate studies in Australia. To be accepted into most courses, recipients require an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or acceptable TOEFL equivalent. Some courses required higher levels and if they do, recipients must meet that entry requirement before they can be placed.

Every recipient of an Australia Award Scholarship must attend a compulsory English language training course or Academic Preparation course. Applicants must understand this commitment and discuss it with their employers before they apply. Some employers maintain salaries for the first three months of this training but others do not. There is a stipend available through the Program after three months, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress. For awardees from provinces, the stipend is available from the start of their training course.

Recipients who have satisfactory IELTS (Academic) scores for entry into courses when they apply, do not undertake English language training but must complete an Academic Preparation course. This is compulsory and recipients require full-time work release to attend.

Recipients with IELTS (Academic) scores below 6.5 (or equivalent official TOEFL paper-based or internet-based scores) complete a compulsory English language training program targeted to their individual needs.

In 2018, there will be two pre-departure training courses conducted in Ulaanbaatar.

Course Structure

In 2018, the Mainstream English language training course will run for 26 weeks and structured as two modules (Modules 1 and 2), with students placed into the module that reflects their English language proficiency at the time the course commences.

Awardees with IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 will commence Module 1, with Weeks 1 – 10 focused on improving English language skills with the aim to reach IELTS 6.0 by Week 10. This will be assessed using IELTS practice tests.

The following candidates will begin the course at Week 11. Those with:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or assessed at that level by the placement test)
    • Those who successfully complete Module 1
    • Those with IELTS 6.5 but band scores below 6.0
    • Those with IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0 but their course requires more than 6.5,

The course from Week 11 – 26 will focus on improving English language proficiency from IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 (or more).

Those who successfully complete this course continue into an Academic Preparation course. 

ELT ComponentCourse DurationCourse Description
Mainstream Module 1
Entry IELTS 5.0-5.5
10 weeks This course is for candidates with IELTS scores of 5.0 or 5.5 at the time of application. The course objective is for awardees to reach IELTS 6.0 and commence Module 2.
Mainstream Module 2
Entry IELTS 6.0
16 weeks Awardees with IELTS 6.0 (or as assessed by the placement test) and Module 1 awardees begin at Week 11. The course for Weeks 11 – 26, focuses on improving English proficiency to IELTS 6.5+.
Academic Preparation
Entry IELTS 6.5+
6 weeks This course is for awardees with IELTS 6.5+ (with no band less than 6.0) at application and those who satisfactorily complete Mainstream Module 2.

IELTS is the main test used in Mongolia to determine English language proficiency. For further details see www.ielts.org. Official paper-based and internet-based TOEFL and the Pearson Test of English are also accepted.

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