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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 unconditional/firm 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.

Course schedule

Start date Finish date No. of weeks Hours per week Uni semester Uni start date CET application deadline
4 Jan 2021 5 Feb 2021 Five 20 hours Sem 1 2021 22 Feb 2021 27 Nov 2020
7 Jun 2021 9 Jul 2021 Five 20 hours Sem 2 2021 2 Aug 2021 7 May 2021


The course fee for the GAS program is $2625, plus $300 for administration fee and $150 for materials.

Important Fee Information

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions that apply to your offer, enrolment and course at CET: CET Terms and Conditions.

Credit card surcharges

Course payments made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) will incur a surcharge of 1.53% of the total cost.

Overseas Health Cover (OSHC)

If you are intending to study under a student visa, you will need Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). CET can arrange OSHC for you with Allianz as part of the application process. Simply indicate the type of insurance required (single/dual/family) on step 2 of the application form. You may also arrange your own cover from any of the government approved providers below:

For more information, please review the University of Sydney's Overseas Student Health Cover page.

  • How long will I need to study?

    Five weeks

  • Dates and fees

    See dates and fees

  • CRICOS code

    University of Sydney CRICOS code: 086047G
    Centre for English Teaching CRICOS code: 042448J

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