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Graduate Academic Skills

Develop your academic skills ahead of your university degree
The Graduate Academic Skills (GAS) course is a high-level academic skills course that gives you an introduction to academic culture at an Australian university.

Alvaro's experience

"My experience at 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."

  • Develop skills in academic discussion, university assessment, 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 skills to succeed at university, such as collaboration on discussion boards, creation of blogs and videos and the use of eLearning platforms.
  • Develop skills in self-reflection, self-assessment and autonomous learning.

Key benefits

  • Transition successfully to university study in Australia
  • Develop academic and research skills applicable to all fields of study
  • Participate in university life before starting your degree
  • Connect with the University of Sydney and build peer networks before your degree starts

Students will study for five weeks, with 20 hours of classes per week.

2023/2024 Dates

Start date End date CET payment deadline
8 January 2024 9 February 2024

17 November 2023

11 June 2024 12 July 2024 26 April 2024
9 December 2024 24 January 2025 1 November 2024

Entry requirements

To study this course, you will need:

Fee information

Tuition fee: A$2,750

Admin fee: A$300

Materials fee: A$150


Important information regarding offers:

  1. Current offers for GAS commencing 2024 will be honoured at 2023 fees if full payment is received by 30 September 2023.
  2. 2024 GAS offers from the 1st October 2023 will be calculated at the 2024 fees. 

Tuition fee: A$2625

Admin fee: A$300

Materials fee: A$150

Terms and conditions

Please read the Centre for English Teaching (CET) terms and conditions that apply to you.

Credit card surcharges

Payments made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) will incur a 1.53% surcharge.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

If you intend to study under a student visa, you will need Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

CET can arrange OSHC for you with Bupa as part of the application process. Simply indicate the type of insurance required (single/couples/single parent/ family) on step 2 of the application form.

You may also arrange your own cover. See the overseas student health cover page for approved providers.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

You will need a laptop computer (Windows or Apple) to participate in the course. Tablet devices such as iPads are not sufficient.