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Graduate Academic Skills (GAS)

GAS is a high-level academic skills course that provides an introduction to the expectations and values of academic culture in an Australian university.
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Key benefits

  1. Transition successfully to university study in Australia.
  2. Develop core academic and research skills applicable across all fields of study.
  3. Become an active and independent learner.
  4. Participate in university life before degree commencement.
  5. Build lasting connections with peers.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the GAS course, you need an undergraduate or postgraduate offer from an Australian university and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Not at this English level? You can extend your program and start with our Intensive Test Preparation course (ITP).

What will I learn?

  • Develop skills related to academic discussions, university assignment papers, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • Participate in lectures, tutorials and group activities, including a project assignment that involves exploring Sydney’s suburbs.
  • Develop digital competencies necessary for university success, such as collaboration on discussion boards, creation of blogs and video materials, and use of eLearning platforms for project proposals.
  • Develop skills in self-reflection, self-assessment and autonomous learning.

Student video

Alvaro Franco

Grdaduate Academic Skills (GAS) student

My experience in CET and Graduate Academic Skills helped me to improve my academic skills in English. CET also gave me the opportunity to meet people from different countries and different parts of the world.

Schedule in 2018

Start date Finish date No. of weeks Hours per week Uni semester Uni start date CET application deadline (overseas applications) CET application deadline (applications within Australia)
8 Jan 2018 9 Feb 2018 Five 20 hours Sem 1 2018 5 Mar 2018 24 Nov 2017 1 Dec 2017
12 Jun 2018 13 Jul 2018 Five 20 hours Sem 2 2018 30 July 2018 27 April 2018 18 May 2018


The course fee for the GAS program is $2550, plus $300 for administration fee and $125 for materials.

  • How long will I need to study?

    Five weeks

  • Dates and fees

    See dates and fees

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