English as an International Language

English as an International Language (EIL) is a newly emerged area of study in the field of applied linguistics. As a program, English as an International Language equips students with knowledge of the diversity of English as a result of its global spread, and the ability to communicate with diverse users of English from diverse cultural backgrounds. It is also a program that is developed to meet and respond to Monash’s internationalisation of education initiatives.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

EIL is commonly misunderstood as a program that teaches English as a second language to non-English-speaking background students. What it actually does offer students is a new perspective on the English language in the 21st century, with a focus on the importance of developing intercultural awareness and intercultural communication skills.

Knowledge of the diversity of English, and intercultural communication skills are important because:

  • living and working in a multicultural and multilingual environment is not uncommon
  • advanced information technology allows people to communicate with those from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds whose English and cultural practices are not necessarily familiar
  • the approach to the teaching and learning of English in today’s world has changed – knowledge in this field and the ability to teach English across cultures are essential.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Career Prospects

As graduates of the EIL program have gained an advanced understanding of the professional and international use of English, they are highly sought after by international companies to take up positions such:

  • International development manager
  • International liaison/project officer
  • Marketing/management
  • English language teachers
  • Translators/interpreters

Study Abroad

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

Complementary Areas of Study

If you are interested in English as an International Language, you may also like to consider linguistics, other languages (such as Indonesian, Chinese, Korean or French), sociology, media, and education.

Teaching English Language

Students who are interested in becoming English language teachers in the future are provided with an opportunity to observe ‘authentic’ English language classes as part of their study in the program. 


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