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English in Hobart, Tasmania, SACE

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Programme Summary:

  • Standard, intensive or exam preparation courses
  • Homestay accommodation with full board
  • Full programme of cultural activities and excursions
  • From 18 years
  • Minimum duration 2 weeks



A language course in Tasmania is one of the most exotic experiences: Hobart has been described as one of the world’s most picturesque cities. The inner city flanks the harbour, Sullivans Cove, while its suburbs spread north and south along the shores of the Derwent River, east to the magnificent ocean beaches at Cremorne and Clifton beach, and west to the dolomite cliffs of Mount Wellington.

Established in 1803 as a penal colony, Hobart prospered as a trading port. The affluence of the 19th century is still evident in the number of historic buildings in Hobart’s central business district. Its internationally renowned festivals light up the city several times per year.


Our school in Hobart, Tasmania, is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, shopping centre (Salamanca Place district) and the city wharf area. Situated in a three story heritage mansion, the school has charming renovated classrooms, self access computer centre and a student kitchen and a common room.

An environmentally friendly campus, it has received a number of awards from the Hobart City Council in recognition of its achievements and services to the Tasmanian environment. Besides that, the school is a nationally accredited English language College, and a member of IALC (International Association of Language Colleges). It is also an authorised TOEIC Test Centre in Hobart and is approved by Cambridge University.

All teaching staff meet the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) requirements. All teachers are specialists in the English language and have teaching qualifications. They are also enthusiastic, motivated and caring professionals.

Students from all over the world choose our school to learn English. It has a broad mix of European, South American and Asian student nationalities from over 25 different countries. The “job advisory service” is very popular with our students on Working Holiday and Student Visas. A weekly update of jobs available in Hobart is posted on the student noticeboard each week.



On the first day of each course, students complete a full placement test before being placed in the appropriate level. All levels are accepted. Students’ progress is monitored every four weeks. At the end of the course, students are awarded a certificate indicating their level of achievement.

The minimum stay is 2 weeks. The average class size is 12 students (maximum 15).

  • General English programmes - 20 or 25 lessons per week

They are designed to improve students’ English language communication skills to prepare for future study, work, travel or career changes. Core classes concentrate on developing grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, writing and pronunciation skills in real-life situations. We offer 20 or 25 lessons of English.

Afternoon classes (25 lesson programme) allow students to specialise and choose one or two Special Studies from a wide range of Special Studies options.

These include: exam preparation (IELTS, TOEIC), academic study skills, Business English, English for Hospitality, conversation and pronunciation, advanced writing and grammar.

  • IELTS Preparation Course - 25 lessons per week

The IELTS Preparation programme is an intensive 12 week course designed to prepare students for the 4 main areas of the IELTS exam (speaking, listening, reading & writing). The International English Testing System, (IELTS) assesses the level of English of non-native English speakers who require English for academic or professional purposes.

  • Cambridge Preparation Course - 25 lessons per week

Our school is an experienced Cambridge Preparation Centre. Students have achieved good results in these examinations. Individual counselling, weekly progress reviews and additional self access assist students achieve as much progress as possible. FCE courses are held three times per year - January, March & September - and lasts 10 or 12 weeks.


Hobart is the centre for many Tasmanian attractions. From heritage architecture to breweries and wineries, from theatres to wildlife sanctuaries, Hobart is steeped in history and culture and nature. Make the most of your stay by visiting the Salamanca markets, the Royal Botanical Gardens, museums, the Cascade Brewery, interact with wildlife, etc.

The school organises a varied and active social programme for students. It enables students to meet new people and experience the best that Hobart has to offer. School activities are held on Friday afternoons and weekends. They may include: museums visits, Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory, BBQs, indoor climbing, horse riding, sea kayaking, mountain biking, winery tour, etc.



Host families are carefully selected by our partner school.

Life with Australian host families is generally a very fruitful and enriching experiences for students.

The accommodation with families includes full-board, sheets and bath towels. Double rooms are available for students travelling as a pair.

Prices & Dates 2015

Stays are from Sunday to Saturday or from Saturday to Friday.

General courses: preferably the 5th January, 2nd February, 2nd & 30th March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 20th July, 17th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 7th December or every Monday if unable to start on these dates.

Bank holidays: 1st & 26th January, 9th February, 9th March, 3rd, 6th & 7th April, 8th June, 22nd October, from 21st December 2015 to 1st January 2016.

Exam preparation sessions:

  • Cambridge FCE: from 5th January to 13th March (10 weeks; exam 13th March), from 16th March to 5th June (12 weeks; exam 9th June), from 7th September to 27th November (12 weeks; exam 1st December).

  • IELTS: Lessons begin every Monday for a duration of 12 weeks.

Prices include:

  • Chosen programme
  • Accommodation
  • All administrative and enrolment fees
  • Participation certificate
  • Placement test
  • Material fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport
  • Airport transfer (free if stay is longer than 12 weeks)
  • Medical insurance, compulsory for stays of 12+ weeks
  • Possible visa fees
  • Cambridge or IELTS exam fees (around AU$365)

Practical Info


  • Arrival airport: Hobart (HBA)
  • (Payable) transfer from airport available (see price table)

VISA Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or email if you require further information.