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English in Sydney - International House

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Ages 16+

  • Minimum 2 weeks
  • Experience the vibrancy and charm of Sydney
  • Listed building in the heart of the city
  • Quality and excellence in teaching
  • Flexible hours - ideal for part-time work
  • Cambridge Exam Centre
  • Multicultural and diverse
  • Host family or residence accommodation
  • Large variety of nationalities



With over 4.8 million inhabitants, Sydney is Australia's most populous city. It's also the financial and economic centre of the whole of Oceania.

Sydney's dramatic skyline is immediately recognizable thanks to the emblematic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, in addition to its stunning coastline.

Sydney is a cosmopolitan metropolis with friendly locals, known worldwide for their laid-back attitude and love of sports. It boasts a vibrant culture and arts scene, an excellent climate and international cuisine, not to mention its gorgeous natural surroundings teeming with golden sand beaches and lush parks, with Blue Mountain not far away. It's no stretch of the imagination to say Sydney is truly an idyllic destination.

International House Sydney

Our partner school, International House, is located in a listed building in the heart of Sydney, a short walk from the Queen Victoria Building and the Sydney Tower, with the main shopping and entertainment district and bus stops just next door, and only a 15-minute walk from Harbour Bridge. International House is warm and welcoming, with friendly and helpful staff and teachers renowned for their excellence in teaching. It is also a Cambridge Exam Centre. It boasts the most culturally diverse student population of any Australian language school.

International House is accredited by ASQA, NEAS, University of Cambridge (ESOL), J-Shine.

School facilities include:

  • 20 bright classrooms over 3 floors, with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment
  • 30 computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Study rooms
  • 2 common rooms with kitchenette and microwave

Activities and events during your stay

As an International House student, you will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Museum and tourist attraction trips
  • Pub outings
  • Movie afternoons
  • Weekend trips (Canberra, Port Stephens, Blue Mountain, Jervis Bay, Hunter Valley)


English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Class size: General English - average 12 students (maximum 18); maximum 12 students for all other courses
  • Schedule: morning and/or evening lessons (standard and semi-intensive courses)
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the International House e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Regular progress tests (every 4 weeks)
  • Monthly 'Finding a job in Sydney' seminar
  • CELTA-qualified native English speakers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 15 lessons per week

    3 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and improve your fluency and confidence in day-to-day communication. International House trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Lessons take place from 8 am to 11 am. Students may take up to 10 hours per week of additional evening lessons.

    Language level: beginner* to advanced

    *Please note that students also attend additional lessons until they reach A1 proficiency.

  • Semi-intensive English: 20 lessons per week

    5 lessons per day Monday-Friday or 4 evening lessons per day Monday-Friday will give you a practical understanding of the English language and improve your fluency and confidence in day-to-day communication. International House trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: beginner* to advanced

    *Please note that students also attend additional lessons until they reach A1 proficiency.

  • Intensive English: 23 general English lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes 4 General English lessons per day, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 3 lessons per week across a selection of electives focusing on one of the 4 communication skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening. You will choose 2 electives and alternate from week to week (Week 1 Writing, Week 2 Speaking, Week 3 Writing, etc.) Each elective is adapted to suit your English proficiency, to ensure you make progress at your own pace.

    Language level: beginner* to advanced

    *Please note that students also attend additional lessons until they reach A1 proficiency.

  • Cambridge ESOL FCE or CAE Exam Preparation course: 20 or 25 lessons per week per 4-week course.

    Session length: 4 or 10 weeks, with specific start dates (please contact us for more information). As International House is an exam centre, course sessions start almost every 4 weeks. Registration deadline: 8 weeks prior to the start of the couse.

    Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them. A 10-week course is recommended for ideal preparation.

    Language level:

    • FCE: Upper intermediate
    • CAE: Advanced
  • IELTS Exam Preparation course: 20 lessons per week per 4-week course session.

    Session length: 4 to 10 weeks

    If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country or certify your English proficiency, preparing for the IELTS exam is the first step to success. Teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence.

    Language Level : Intermediate or IELTS 4.5 or Intermediate/Pre-advanced or IELTS 5.5 depending on your desired score.

    For reference, a 0.5 IELTS score improvement usually requires 8 weeks of study.


Host Families (Ages 16+)

Shared room, half-board Monday-Friday and full board at the weekend.

Travel time to International House: 30-40 minutes on public transport Australian families usually live in spacious houses and are very active.

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided

Residence accommodation (Ages 18+)

Residence accommodation is a great option for students looking meet other students from all over the world.

Residences are located in the suburbs of Sydney (districts mentioned below) and offer a quick connection to the school, located in the city centre. Residence location depends on availablity during your time of stay.


  • Shared or single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Self-catering
  • 30 minutes' travel time to International House on public transport
  • Located in Artarmon, Rockdale, Kogarah, Lane Cove or Ashfield
  • AUD 350 deposit to be paid on arrival (to be refunded at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no evidence of damage)

Facilities and services

  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Shared kitchen and lounge area
  • TV
  • Telephone

Optional extras:

  • Single room
  • Central location in the Pyrmont, Ultimo or CBD areas

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 28/01, 19/04, 22/04, 25/04, 10/06, 05/08, 07/10, 25/12/19-03/01/20

IELTS Exam Prep Course Dates: every Monday, for a duration of 4 weeks minimum. For exam dates, please check IELTS website.

Cambridge Exam Prep Course Dates: please contact us.

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Accommodation (host family: single room, shared bathroom, half board Monday-Friday and full board at the weekend; residence: shared room, self-catering)
  • Course materials
  • Unlimited WiFi access
  • Access to the school e-learning site
  • Language activities
  • Monthly jobhunting seminar
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Sydney
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals, where applicable
  • Transportation in and around Sydney
  • Optional activities
  • Deposit on arrival (AUD 350)
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, IELTS)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Information


Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday

Departures: Saturday or Sunday

  • Arrival airport: Sydney Kingsforth-Smith International

Airport pick-up available on request (fees apply, please see price list)

Please note: do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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