University Direct Entry Courses (DEC)

What is DEC?

DEC is an English language program that prepares you for direct entry to your chosen course at the University of Sydney.

You will study with classmates entering courses in related university disciplines. You will learn the general skills necessary for success at university, including participating in tutorials and seminars, writing essays, conducting research and preparing research reports.

What will I learn?

You will learn English with classmates who intend to enter university courses similar to yours, and you will do projects based on topics related to your chosen university course. You will also be given an introduction to your faculty or school.

You will be assessed continuously throughout the course, with tasks that will help prepare you for the kind of assessments that you will complete at university.

If you successfully achieve all the assessment and other academic requirements including attendance, you will gain direct entry to your chosen university course (subject to visa status).

What do I need to enter?

You need a Conditional Offer of Admission to the University of Sydney and an IELTS result or equivalent*.

* The University accepts IELTS, PTE, CAE and TOEFL for recognition of English language entry requirements.

For more information, view the Test Concordance Table.

How many hours a week will I need to study?

  • You will need to attend classes for 20 hours a week. You will also be expected to do additional work at home.

How long is this course?

You can study DEC for 36, 25, 15, 10 or 5 weeks. How long you will need to study will depend on your current level of English and the English language entry requirement for your chosen university course. See the DEC table for details.

When does this course start and finish?

There are multiple DEC intake dates per year. After your DEC course it is recommended you enter Advanced Skills for Academic Success (ASAS) before starting your degree program.

What are the fees?

Course 2014
Material Fee
DEC36 $17,640 $18,360 $290 $385
DEC25 $12,250 $12,750 $290 $275
DEC15 $7,350 $7,650 $290 $175
DEC10 $4,900 $5,100 $290 $125
DEC5 $2,450 $2,550 $290 $75