English school in Brisbane: Shafston International College

From 516.- AUD
approx 328.- EUR
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Key points

  • Fantastic campus and residence on the banks of Brisbane river
  • Strategically located for exploring the country
  • Preparation of BEC exams
  • Large number of nationalities represented
  • Test center for Cambridge exam

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
Cambridge (FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC Vantage), IELTS, TOEIC
School size
XL
Accommodations
Host family, Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
Asia, Europe, South America, etc..
ratings
142 authentic opinions

Our partner school in Brisbane offers a unique setting for your studies in Australia. The school has its own garden and a terrace overlooking the Brisbane River, from which you can see Shafston House, a 19th-century architectural masterpiece, which has been completely refurbished by the school’s founder. This historic building, combined with the other more modern buildings that surround it, complete the campus. The school has 32 comfortable and very well-equipped classrooms, a study centre, a learning resources centre, 2 computer rooms with internet and Wi-Fi access, a student lounge with a view over the river, a large library, an excellent restaurant/cafeteria, free parking, sports fields and wheelchair access. It's also worth noting that the school offers an orientation and professional placement service for student visa holders.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Learning progress monitoring
  • Diploma or Certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 12 week(s)
1 week(s) - From AUD 516.-
(about EUR 334.-)
Lessons
15 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-11:45

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
1
516
2
792
1592
1659
3
1068
2148
2201
4
1344
2704
2743
6
1836
3756
3767
8
2368
4848
4831
12
3432
7032
6959
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From AUD 626.-
(about EUR 405.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:30-11:45 + 12:45-14:45

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
1
626
2
1012
1812
1879
3
1398
2478
2531
4
1784
3144
3183
6
2556
4476
4487
8
3328
5808
5791
12
4752
8352
8279
16
6256
10976
10847
24
9264
16224
15983
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (FCE)

Intermediate to Advanced, 11 / 12 week(s)
11 week(s) - From AUD 4486.-
(about EUR 2902.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
11 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
11
4486
7806
7747
12
4752
8352
8279
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 11 wk
07.01 / 25.03 / 16.09.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
08.07.2019
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (CAE)

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 11 / 12 week(s)
11 week(s) - From AUD 4486.-
(about EUR 2902.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
11 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
11
4486
7806
7747
12
4752
8352
8279
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 11 wk
07.01 / 23.09.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
25.03 / 01.07.2019
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Cambridge course (CPE)

Advanced to Advanced, 9 week(s)
9 week(s) - From AUD 3714.-
(about EUR 2403.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
9 week(s)
Levels
Advanced to Advanced
Students/class
max. 14
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
9
3714
6474
6443
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
30.09.2019
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

BEC Vantage Cambridge course

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 10 week(s)
10 week(s) - From AUD 4100.-
(about EUR 2653.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
10 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-11:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
10
4100
7140
7095
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
15.04 / 01.07 / 08.10.2019
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

IELTS course

Intermediate to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From AUD 626.-
(about EUR 405.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
1
626
2
1012
1812
1879
3
1398
2478
2531
4
1784
3144
3183
6
2556
4476
4487
8
3328
5808
5791
12
4752
8352
8279
16
6256
10976
10847
24
9264
16224
15983
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

TOEIC course

Intermediate to Advanced, 6 week(s)
6 week(s) - From AUD 2556.-
(about EUR 1654.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
6 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 + 13:15-15:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
6
2556
4476
4487
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.67   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
04.02 / 24.06 / 04.11
Bank holidays
28.01 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 24.04 / 06.05 / 14.08 / 07.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
25.12.2019 - 01.01.2020

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (min. 5 hours/week) (per hour) 110 AUD
FCE Cambridge exam fee 360 AUD
CAE Cambridge exam fee 360 AUD
CPE Cambridge exam fee 370 AUD
BEC Vantage Cambridge exam fee 360 AUD
IELTS exam fee (to be paid on site) (approximately) 340 AUD
TOEIC exam fee (to be paid on site, approximately) 190 AUD
Supplement (Job Ready) 240 AUD
Compulsory OSHC health insurance/student visa (per month) (approximately) 70 AUD
Extra night with host family, half board 40 AUD
Extra night with host family, full board 43 AUD
Extra night with host family (under 18 y.o.) 48 AUD
Extra night in a shared apartment 40 AUD
Additional night compulsory (FCE: 23.03 / 08.06 / 30.11.2019; CAE: 15.06 / 21.09.20190; CPE: 30.11.2019; BEC Vantage: 07.09.2019 )
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (Host family, under 18 y.o., 30.06 - 31.08.2019) 28 AUD
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) (Peninsula) 500 AUD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Brisbane) 145 AUD
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Brisbane) 250 AUD
Transfer supplement (Departure, under 18 y.o.) 60 AUD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, full board
Host family, single room, full board (under 18 y.o.)
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (Peninsula)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4/5
Overall rating

94% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

142 students gave their opinion about this school

22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
19 weeks, July – December 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, habe das B2 abgeschlossen »
School highlights
« Sehr nette Lehrer (inkl. Schulleiter) »
22 years old - New Caledonia
/ 5
8 weeks, September – November 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
24 years old - France
/ 5
Personnel très disponible et à l'écoute.
12 weeks, May – July 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Bien sûr! J'ai eu la chance de tomber sur des profs et une classe géniale! »
School highlights
« L'ambiance très friendly! »
19 years old - New Caledonia
/ 5
6 weeks, August – October 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
17 years old - Italy
/ 5
La famiglia Adigun è stata molto cortese e disponibile con me, mi sono trovata molto a mio agio con la signora e il signor Adigun, seppur ho fatto più fatica con la bambina. La signora si è sempre occupata dei pasti e di qualsivoglia mia esigenza. L'unica pecca potrebbe essere la distanzs della casa dal centro o dalla scuola
10 weeks, June – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
27 years old - New Caledonia
/ 5
12 weeks, April – July 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
27 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Eine super Gastfamilie! :)) War alles perfekt von Zimmer, über Essen, Kontakt, Dusche/Bad etc. Leider aber ein wenig weit weg von der Stadt/Schule.
6 weeks, April – May 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja sehr! Sprachlich, kulturell viel gelernt, unvm. »
School highlights
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24 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, January – March 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui et même de très gros progrès car avant mon voyage je ne pouvais communiquer avec quelqu’un en Anglais. »
22 years old - New Caledonia
/ 5
4 weeks, March 2018
Value for money (1 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, September – December 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability

Testimonials

I am from a small city in Germany therefore living in Brisbane is a wonderful experience. I came to Australia to improve my English preparing for my university studies and to explore interesting places. I really appreciate the beautiful environment of Shafston and the weather conditions of Brisbane. The magnificent riverfront campus is only 5 minutes from the city centre with public transport, and I love to travel with the unique “City Cat” on the Brisbane River. Studying in small classes and with friendly, helpful teachers, it is more than I expected.

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Matteo Domini
Matteo Domini

Hi, I chose to come to Australia because it is a beautiful country with pleasant weather. I’m enjoying my time in Brisbane and Shafston is a great place to study with its beautiful campus area. The school also has a perfect location on the banks of Brisbane River and it is close to the city centre. I have classmates from all around the world and I made many friends here. The teachers are nice and friendly and it is easy to communicate with them. The great learning materials and facilities such as the library and computer rooms also help me improving my English skills.

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Ricky Schimanski
Ricky Schimanski

I really enjoyed my time at Shafston Brisbane. My English improved a lot because I had excellent teachers and the atmosphere at the school was very pleasant. At the residence too, I felt very comfortable. I met tons of nice people with whom I spent a lot of time outside of class. My language course was a truly memorable experience which changed my life. I can only recommend this language school and I would love to go back to Brisbane one day!

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Host family (minimum 2 weeks)
The host families, carefully selected by our partner school, are located a maximum of 40 minutes from the school. Staying in a single room with half-board during the week and full board at weekends or full board throughout the week, you'll share the daily life and experiences of your host family while practising your English in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Note: An Extra Care option (compulsory for students under 18 years of age) is available, including full board, transportation to and from school and laundry service.

Peninsula shared apartment (from 18 years, minimum 2 weeks)
In the lively area of Kangaroo point, a minute from the campus, you'll love this modern apartment with a stunning view over the river and the city! You'll stay in a twin room, either by yourself or with a student of the same sex, and will have access to all the available amenities: free Wi-Fi, a heated swimming pool, air conditioning, a weekly cleaning service, a fitness room, and a washer and dryer. There is also a cafeteria with a nice terrace where you can eat and drink with the other international students. The bus stop is 200m away, while the ferry port is 400m away. Staying here guarantees comfort in a cool and urban environment!

Click here to see detailed residence fact sheet

Peninsula Apartments

General information

Peninsula apartments is located in the riverside community with unobstructed river and city views on the fringe of Brisbane’s CBD, in vibrant Kangaroo Point. Peninsular apartments has access to various forms of public transport which makes navigating the Brisbane area easy and convenient. The apartments are conveniently located next to Shafston College allowing students to walk to and from school and even return home for lunch.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
2 minutes
Means of transportation:
Walk

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
8 minutes
Coffee shops:
1 minute
Restaurants:
17 minutes
Shops:
45 minutes
Pharmacy:
8 minutes
Gym:
17 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Saturday from 2:00 pm
Saturday until 10:00 am
Flexible check in/check out
Entry card (building)
Entry card / FOB required to access building and elevator
1
Key (building)
Required to enter apartment
1
Code (building)
Required to access safe to retrieve building card and keys
1
Staff on-site 24h
Staff are available during working hours only. There is a 24 hours contact for emergencies only
Deposit
AUD 500 to be paid by credit card
1

Meals

Use of kitchen 1
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk 1
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen
Shared between 4 residents
1
Oven 1
Microwave 1
Cutlery available 1
Vending machine 1
Laundry 1
Common area/lounge 1
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access
TV in common room 1
DVD-player in common room 1
Balcony/terrace 1
Garden
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible 1
Parking (cars)
Parking (bicycles) 1
Swimming pool 1
Gym 1

Room types and facilities

Air conditioning 1
Heating 1
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided 1
Bed sheets provided 1
Towels provided 1
Toilet paper
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin 1
Shared toilets
2 students per bathroom
1
Shared showers
2 students per shower
1
Cleaning
Weekly
1
Desk 1
Wardrobe 1
Cooking facilities 1
Microwave 1
TV 1
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access
Floor
Carpet and tiles
1
Balcony 1
Safe deposit box
Room key provided 1

The school offers a sports program that is based directly on the grassy areas within the campus or nearby. Social and cultural activities are also proposed, such as a cooking club or film screenings in the school, and outings and excursions are organised regularly. Brisbane is close to numerous other places of interest such as the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay or Fraser Island, just to name a few. The school will help you to organise weekend excursions.

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