ELICOSEnglish Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students
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This point is elaborated on below in the case study how HE on its own (with some help from ELICOS growth) could virtually achieve the NT Government's ambitions for this sector's growth.
The new visa process (DIBP, 2015) will be important for VET, which recently has not achieved anywhere near the growth of HE or ELICOS (cf.
The requirement of fluency in English to gain entry into the best universities and improve employment prospects creates numerous opportunities for ELICOS providers.
In June 1989, forty-five per cent of ELICOS students were estimated to be in Australia after their visas had run out (Mazzarol & Soutar, 1999; Nesdale, Simkin, Sang, Burke, & Fraser, 1995).
The highest category of students overstaying the visas were ELICOS students from the People's Republic of China (PRC).
That strong top-line result, however, is tempered by some underlying trends that indicate that Australias ELICOS centres are facing the same shifting market trends as are ELT providers in other major destinations.
The growth in ELICOS student numbers for 2015 also lagged behind overall international enrolment in Australia.
In aggregate terms there were 370,238 overseas students enrolled in 2007 (across the university, VET, ELICOS and school sectors).
Such students may take secondary-level courses at Australian schools, or remedial English language courses in ELICOS (18) colleges or pre-university foundation programs, tailored to prepare the students for entry into undergraduate programs (mainly in accounting).
Lower growth values for the ELICOS segment (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) persisted through November with an overall increase of 7.
In the aftermath of the liberalisation of overseas student policy in 1985, there was a rapid increase in the numbers of international students taking the short duration English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (or ELICOS courses).