The Academic English Program (AE) is an accredited direct entry university pathway program, developed by highly qualified English language teaching specialists at Insearch University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The program gives direct entry to UTS and other universities without the need to do IELTS. This means that no IELTS or TOEFL score is needed if you successfully pass the AE course.

The program uses the latest approaches to language teaching, learning and educational technology to successfully teach students university-level English and academic skills.

The delivery of the AE in Nepal is to the same standard as in Australia, and the course outcomes are identical. Successful completion of the program offers Direct Entry into a number of institutions across the globe. No IELTS or TOEFL scores are required to satisfy the English language requirement for institutions that recognize the program. However there may be separate requirements for Visa purposes.

The program is currently recognized by a range of Universities and private Higher education providers in Australia and other parts of the world. Refer to list www.nlicc.edu.np.

During 2018, NLICC will be offering three levels of the UTS Insearch Academic English (AE) program: Intermediate (AE 3), Upper-Intermediate (AE 4) and Advanced (AE 5) . There is also a provision to offer research level English (AE6) as and when required.

AE 3 – Successful completion of Academic English for Foundation. (AE3) allows direct entry* into courses with an entry requirement of IELTS 5.5

AE 4 – Successful completion of Academic English for Diploma (AE4) allows direct entry* into courses with an entry requirement of IELTS 6.0.

AE 5 – Successful completion of Academic English for Bachelor/Master (AE5) allows direct entry* into most undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with an entry requirement of IELTS 6.5

*Direct entry can vary across institutes for according to the type of degree. For specific information, contact NLICC’s Admissions Officer via +977 1 4720500 or e-mail info@nlicc.edu.np.

Each level is broken into two parts. The theme and objectives of each course are outlined in the following table:


Level Core Objectives
  • Develop ability to define concepts and describe graphs/charts/diagrams using formal written English
  • Build strategic competence in listening and reading skills
  • Develop ability to give a well-structured oral presentation
  • Develop ability to respond to a task through formal essay writing
  • Develop ability to handle multiple interactional settings
  • Increase competence in researching and critiquing skills
  • Develop strategic competence with a range of academic texts
  • Understand purpose and structure of academic and non-academic texts
  • Develop formal positions and arguments in essays
  • Write academic case studies and essays applying formal citing and referencing
  • Develop confidence and ability in university presentations and tutorials
  • Write formal summaries and reviewsusing appropriate academic conventions
  • Develop spoken confidence to interact appropriately in university settings

Specific grammar and language skills and sub-skills are aligned with each course. For further details, please contact NLICC’s Admissions to organise an appointment to discuss your language needs.

The Academic English language program is delivered through a combination of state-of-the-art technology, traditional classroom teaching and online self-paced personalised learning. This innovative approach allows for a more engaging, up-to-date and interactive student learning experience that helps improve student outcomes and success. This also gives students an experience of how teaching and learning is delivered in Australia and other parts of the world.

Each AE level consists of two 5-week terms i.e. ten-weeks in total with 200 hours of face-to-face teaching (20 hours per week).
In addition to classroom teaching you will be required to spend time in the NLICC Learning Center, an interactive space specially designed to supplement the classroom teaching.

The UTS Insearch Academic English program provides students with an affordable alternative and access to a quality program which will enable them to not only improve their English language skills for further studies but also for future employment.

  • One-off NLICC Admission Fee: NPR Rs. 8,000 (AUD $100)
  • 10 Week course fees: NPR 1,60,000 (AUD $2,000). This fee covers one AE Level, comprising Parts A+B.

Running the course locally also makes it more accessible! This means you can save money. How?

NLICC can run the course at 60% less than the standard amount charged for ELICOS programs in Australia. That is a minimum saving of $3,000 AUD on the course fees. Don’t forget; taking the course in Australia means you would have to save for accommodation and living expenses for ten weeks also!

The average number of students in our Academic English class will be 16 and the maximum class size is 22.

This enables our teachers to give our students individual support and help them with the learning needs.

All students enrolling in the UTS Insearch Academic English program at NLICC will be required to provide a copy of a High Stakes test i.e. IELTS/TOEFL score or achieve a PTE (Academic) test result, no older than 12 months, to determine which AE level they should start at.

For students who have not taken a High Stakes test, NLICC can organize an internal placement test to assess a student’s English proficiency and determine which Academic English class they should be placed in.

We aim to prepare you for the realities of Western educational systems, culture and workplace. Our specialised curriculum focuses on collaboration and teamwork, which means you’ll often work with a group to complete projects and assessments.

You may not be used to this style of learning, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you adjust. Many Australian employers emphasise the very same team work skills that you’ll be learning. So, you can find comfort in knowing that you will be getting the best preparation possible not just for university but for your career.

As part of our technology-enhanced learning approach, we encourage you to bring your own device to your classes. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are always welcome.

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10a.m. – 2p.m.

Morning Session Afternoon Session
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. (1st half) 13:00 – 15:00 p.m. (1st half)
60 mins break in between sessions, with opportunity for feedback and support from your teacher
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. (2nd half) 16:00 – 18:00 p.m. (2nd half)

Yes. Attending every class is mandatory for all students. In order to be able to continue in the program, students have to maintain an attendance of at least 80% of the 10 weeks. This is the same requirement, as if you were to attend this program at UTS Insearch or another, similar ELICOS program.

If you cannot attend class for any serious reason or emergency, you must contact NLICC. Personal matters and social events are not acceptable reasons for missing classes.
Avoid absences by making sure that you attend the specific class you have enrolled in and that you arrive to class on time.

ELICOS stands for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students. This acronym is used only in Australia: other countries may use English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to describe this kind of program, as opposed to English as a second (or other) language (ESL) programs that may be offered to migrants or citizens. All types of English language program can be grouped under the generic term English language teaching (ELT).

This is a high quality internationally accredited English language program delivered to Australian standards. The course has been structured in a way each that ensures a 0.5 increase in IELTS bands upon completion of a single level. It is not a test preparation program but a holistic English language program that develops the English language skills and academic literacy that required for success at a Western university. The course develops areas including the following:

  • Presentation & tutorial skills
  • Citations & referencing
  • Formal writing: essays, reports, case studies
  • Understanding lectures
  • Dealing with university level reading
  • Information gathering, organisation and evaluation skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Self-reflection
  • Conversation skills for meeting with academic staff

NLICC does not guarantee pass marks for students, as passing is dependent on students’ individual efforts and circumstances. However, what we can assure you is if your attendance is minimum 80% and you have completed all your assessments our team of teachers will work with you to ensure success.

If, despite all efforts, you do not pass a level NLICC will allow 5 weeks re-enrolment without a fee.

  • You need to obtain a Conditional Offer letter from one of the accepting University/Institutions. Visit www.nlicc.edu.au for list of accepting institutions and universities.
  • Get an NLICC Admissions Partner to submit your application
  • Receive an Academic English offer
  • Pay fees
  • Enroll

No. NLICC does not have the authority to provide visa counseling, however our Admissions Partners can. We do provide student counseling to students enrolled with us, particularly in relation to study difficulties, support to assist with specific learning needs and student’s potential career opportunities.

NLICC’s vision is to make further high-quality academic, professional and vocational training courses accessible to Nepalese students. NLICC has taken its first step with UTS Insearch ELICOS Academic English courses.

All students are required to meet the 80% student attendance rate set by UTS Insearch.

NLICC has a schedule available for the whole year. The best option for nursing students is to identify when they can complete a full 10 weeks during the year. Towards the end of the year, NLICC will most likely offer an Express delivery of the course over 8 weeks. NLICC will also have shut down periods for Dashain and Tihar and bridge the courses over these holidays.

If students require more flexibility than this, they will need to write to the Director of Studies via info@nlicc.edu.np at least two weeks prior to the course commencement date to discuss their needs with a view to negotiating a flexible timetable with other students in similar circumstances.