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English language course for international students

The Hutchins School English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program offers learning excellence, opportunities, a family environment and utilises world-class facilities.

Our residential ELICOS program is open to international students (both boys and girls) aged 12–15 years as of 1 July in that Australian school calendar year. The program is for students who require a 10, 20 or 40 week English language preparation course prior to integration into the Australian Curriculum.

Our program focuses on advancing a student’s literacy skills learning how to speak, listen, read and write in English. Our Head of ELICOS will provide support to students for their English language development as well as providing pastoral care.

About our community

International students are very important and highly valued members of the School community. We welcome all students from a wide variety of countries.

As part of the ELICOS program, students are carefully integrated into the School community. Students are part of a regular mentor class and are pastorally cared for by their mentor teacher, Head of House, Head of Boarding and Head of ELICOS.

Students also participate in the co-curricular program which includes sports, music, debating, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and performing arts.

ELICOS students have access to extensive resources including counselling, sporting facilities, libraries and ICT support.

On completion of the ELICOS program, students are supported through their schooling with ongoing English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) provisions.

The Hutchins and Collegiate residential communities

ELICOS students are accommodated in The Hutchins School boarding house (for boys) or the St Michael’s Collegiate boarding house (for girls).

Upon successful completion of the ELICOS program students may be offered a place within the regular school curriculum.

Outstanding academic results

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

We are very proud of our teaching and learning outcomes across a diverse and challenging spectrum of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. In 2021, seven students achieved an ATAR above 99, the top 1% of the state and 24 students achieved the highest score possible in at least one pre-tertiary subject.

The exceptional results are testament to the students’ efforts and discipline to their academic studies throughout the year, together with dedication of our highly skilled staff who encouraged, challenged and supported each student to achieve their personal best.

More information

To find out more about our ELICOS program, contact us at or +61 3 6221 4236.

Complete an ELICOS program expression of interest

To learn more about the opportunities we provide for boys to become their best, contact our Enrolments Assistant, submit an online Enquiry form or phone 03 6221 4236. We encourage you to book a tour with our Registrar as this is the best way to see our School in action. Read more…