The University of Western Australia (UWA) Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is closely monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. This rapidly developing situation is being monitored closely by the University and UWA CELT. Our highest priority is the safety of our students and staff.

This page will be updated as new information comes to hand and we will support our students and staff, in Australia and overseas as this situation unfolds.

We understand this may be a difficult time, and we'll work with you to ensure that any impact on your studies is minimised (see information below).

Latest Updates for UWA CELT students

UWA CELT remains committed to ensuring any disruption to current students' education at the Centre is minimised and has designed a number of student-centric solutions. Digitally supported learning options for students have commenced (information by course type is listed below).

The following arrangements remain in place as of 20 March:

  • Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia
  • All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel 

Bridging Course students

UWA CELT’s Bridging Course will be offered both online and face-to-face. The online delivery will be available for students who are offshore, while students in Perth will study face-to-face.

The online and face-to-face programs will deliver the same outcomes. Both programs will provide the same tuition hours (20-hours per week for Module 1, and 25-hours per week for Module 2). The Bridging Course will run in live time for those students that study online. So, the first 10 weeks of the program (Module 1) will run from 1pm to 5.15pm AWST each day.

The online and face-to-face programs will provide a direct English pathway to most degree programs at UWA; A 70 percent pass will meet the English competency requirement for most undergraduate and postgraduate courses that require an IELTS of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 (some courses have higher English requirements). Results from the online Bridging Course will be valid for admissions purposes at UWA for two years.

The cut-off for the next intake of the Bridging Course is one week prior to the start of the program.

All course and other materials will be made available to students via Blackboard (an online Learning Management System). This includes the weekly program and a daily breakdown. UWA IT will provide support to offshore students as required.

ELICOS students

UWA CELT will temporarily discontinue face-to-face classes, from Term 7, 2021. This is an interim measure that will be in place until the Australian borders re-open. While face-to-face classes will no longer be offered for the time being, the Centre will continue to run its highly successful online courses.

For students who are new to CELT online classes, here is some information:

  • Your classes will run online Monday to Friday from 8:30-12:45 AWST.
  • Your attendance is recorded by your teacher so, if you are on a student visa, you must keep your attendance above 80%.
  • Classes will run using Schoology and Zoom.
  • For information about how to enrol in UWA CELT's online courses, please visit How to apply to study at CELT.

Important Contacts

A list of key staff members at the Centre, and the issues they can help with in relation to COVID-19, are listed below:

  • For information about deferring your studies, or for a refund of fees please contact the Centre Manager, Shiau Lin Barnett
  • To find out about the delivery of your course, please speak out to our Director of Studies, Anne-Marie Wright


The situation surrounding coronavirus health and travel advice is dynamically changing and the above information may change at short notice.

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