FAQs

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Entry requirements and level assessment

Are there any entry requirements for IML courses?

There are no formal entry requirements. All IML courses are open to the general public. Anyone 16 years old and over is welcome to enrol. 
Level 1, Survival courses and Short courses are designed to suit students with no previous experience in the language to be studied. For higher levels, previous knowledge is required, e.g. for French Level 5 students are expected to be familiar with the material covered in IML’s French Level 4.


What language level is best for me?

The choice of level is based on self-assessment. There is no placement test. To select the most appropriate course, we encourage students to compare course outlines available on the IML website. We also recommend students view the textbook and the chapters covered in the course. During the first three weeks of the course we will also accommodate all transfer requests provided the level is available and there is a vacancy in the class selected. Transfers can only be arranged within the current teaching year.


I want to prepare for my student exchange program by learning the language of the country I'm moving to. Can IML help with that?

We offer Survival and Short Courses for Beginners, which are designed for travellers and students going overseas. We also offer Summer Intensive and Accelerated courses for those who want a faster pace. Our courses are open to everyone; you don't need a degree or previous knowledge of the language prior to enrolling. 

Enrolment

How do I enrol?

Please go to Enrol now, then choose the language and level in which you want to enrol. You can also email, post or deliver in person the Enrolment Form.


Can I get a receipt for the course I have paid for?

Yes, we can email you a copy of your receipt in case of loss. For online enrolments, you will be sent an email with a receipt straight away. Otherwise a receipt will be emailed to you as soon as we have processed your payment.


Is my textbook included in the course fees?

IML does not sell textbooks and they are not included in your course fees. Textbooks can be purchased at one of the following bookstores. It is best to phone the bookstore to make sure they have the text in stock. Use the ISBN number to ensure you are purchasing the correct text.


Can I put an IML course on my HECS debt?

As IML courses are not accredited, they are not eligible for HECS payments. All course fees need to be paid up front.


Are discounts available?

For information regarding IML Course Fees and available discounts, please see here. Please note discounts will not be applied once payment has been processed.

IML Classes

Where are my classes held? Is there a distance learning option available?

All classes are held at the St Lucia campus, Brisbane. There is no distance learning option available. Classroom details are available on the IML website 2 weeks prior to the course start date.


How many students will there be in my course?

The average number of students in IML classes is 15, but there may be less or more depending on the language and level. For current enrolment numbers, please contact the IML Office.


Is the tutor a native speaker? 

All IML tutors are native speakers or have native-like proficiency.


Who is teaching my class?

All classroom and tutors’ details will be available on the IML website 2 weeks prior to the course start date. You can also give our office a call and we will check this for you.


How much homework will I need to do?

Language is learned best with maximum contact and usage. Home exercises will be designed for revision and consolidation of each course segment. Revision is most effective when undertaken regularly in short sessions. Depending on particular students’ pace of study, they will need 1-2 hours to do their homework.


Do you have any language courses for children?

IML courses are designed for adult learners. The minimum age for IML students is 16 years old. For Spanish classes for children, please contact Alphatykes at https://childhoodaustralia.com.au/. For other languages, please search the Multicultural Resource Directory. The Directory lists organisations that offer information, advice, support and networking opportunities, including after-hours cultural schools and organisations:
https://www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/multicultural-resource-directory/


The language I’d like to learn is not offered by the IML.

IML offers courses in more than 30 languages. If the language you want to learn is currently not offered by the IML, please search the Multicultural Resource Directory. The Directory lists organisations that offer information, advice, support and networking opportunities, including after-hours cultural schools and organisations: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/multicultural-resource-directory/


Are there any conversation clubs at UQ?

Yes, there are. Please have a look here: http://www.uqu.com.au/clubs-societies

IML transfer and refund policies

What is IML’s refund policy?

Please choose carefully. Under Australian Consumer Law, after the course has commenced we do not provide a refund if you have a change in circumstances or make a wrong selection. If IML cancels a course then a full refund will be offered. Fees are not transferable to another student or to the next year. The IML refund policy complies with the guidelines of the Queensland Office of Fair Trading and is similar to that of other adult learning providers. To be fair to all students who enquire about the policies and submit refund requests, we apply the policies equitably and consistently.


What is IML’s Transfer policy?

During the first 3 weeks of the course we will accommodate all transfer requests provided the level is available and there is a vacancy in the class selected. If you enrol in a level which is too easy or too challenging, ask the IML office about moving to a more suitable level. Transfers can only be arranged within the current teaching year.


I wish to cancel my enrolment.

If your course has not commenced yet, you can cancel your enrolment any time before the first session and we will provide a refund of your course fees. There is an administrative fee of $30 per each course. The request for withdrawal must be in writing.
If your course has already commenced, you can still withdraw your enrolment but you are no longer eligible for a refund.


I have accidentally enrolled into a wrong course online. Can I transfer my enrolment?

You certainly can, as long as there are still places and courses available. Please note all transfers need to be arranged in the first 3 weeks of your course and the request for a transfer made in writing.

Certificates and credit

Can I get credit for doing an IML course?

IML courses will not be counted towards your degree. They are open to the general public with no entrance requirements. The university degree courses are offered by the UQ School of Languages.


Can I get a Statement of Attendance for my course?

All students who participated in at least 75% of their classes are welcome to request a Certificate of Attendance via email at iml@uq.edu.au. It can be emailed or posted to you. 


Can I get a certificate of proficiency at the end of my IML course?

All students who sit and pass an optional assessment at the end of their course will receive a Statement of Language Proficiency. Please note there is no assessment for Short, Conversation, Semester 1A, Refresher and Survival courses. 

Translation services

Are IML translations NAATI certifed?

IML provides NAATI certified, professional translations for individuals and organisations. With NAATI Translators in over 90 languages, you can trust our team to deliver fast high quality translations, no matter how large or small. Email us for a free personalised quote at uqtranslation@uq.edu.au


How much will my translation cost?

Our prices start at $99.

For a more accurate quote go to "Obtain an Instant Quote".


How long will my translation take to arrive?

Standard turnaround time (1-2 pages) is usually 4 business days for an electronic copy of your NAATI certified translation. For multiple documents the turnaround time may differ. You will need to allow an additional 4 business days for the stamped hardcopy to arrive at IML.


Where can I get my driver's licence, degree or academic transcript translated?

You can have your documents translated by the Institute of Modern Languages Translation Service at Level 1, Joyce Ackroyd Building (37) at St Lucia. Email us for a free personalised quote at uqtranslation@uq.edu.au


Who will accept my NAATI certified translation?

NAATI certified translations from IML are accepted by all institutions throughout Australia, including Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australian Courts (including Family Courts), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld), Medical Board of Australia, Dental Board of Australia, QTAC and Engineers Australia.

 

Teaching at IML

I would like to apply to teach at IML.

Thank you for your interest in teaching at the Institute of Modern Languages. There are usually vacancies for language tutors each year at IML and interviews are mostly conducted in December or January; however, a small number are held in May or June and a vacancy can occur at other times if a tutor resigns.

To formally register your interest in working at IML, please send your CV, including names and contact details of three referees, and a lesson plan for the first 2 hour session of the Level 1 course of the language/s you wish to teach. Please address your documentation to Dr Marcel Noest, the Director of Studies.