English school in Gold Coast: Shafston International College

From 516.- AUD
approx 326.- EUR
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Key points

  • Ideal location on the Australian Gold Coast
  • Countless possibilities to do sport
  • High-performance school with a wide range of courses

The school

Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Exams
Cambridge (FCE, CAE), IELTS
School size
M
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
75 authentic opinions

In the centre of Southport, a few minutes from the famous beaches of Surfers Paradise, our partner school enjoys an amazing beach environment. You'll make fast progress with the school's high-quality teaching and wide range of course programmes. The campus is ideally situated close to the most beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast and in the centre of the student district of Southport, near boutiques, cafés and restaurants with their laidback atmospheres. It's just 200 metres from the local tram, which allows quick access to Surfers Paradise and Griffith University, as well as being 50 metres from the Australia Fair shopping centre with over 200 shops, movie theatres and a food court. The 14 classrooms are all air-conditioned and offer a lot of space and light. Wi-Fi is free, and you're also able to use the computers in the computer room. A local library lets you borrow DVDs, print and photocopy documents or work in peace and quiet. Many varied restaurants and food courts are available within an 800-metre radius of the school.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Job Club
  • Learning progress monitoring
  • Diploma or Certificate

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Standard course

Elementary to Upper intermediate, 1 - 12 week(s)
1 week(s) - From AUD 516.-
(about EUR 327.-)
Lessons
15 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Upper intermediate
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
1564
3
1068
2106
4
1344
2648
6
1836
3672
8
2368
4736
4893
12
3432
6864
6937
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.66   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
26.01 / 30.03 / 02.04 / 25.04 / 07.05 / 31.08 / 01.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 01.01.2018
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019

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

Intensive course

Elementary to Upper intermediate, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From AUD 626.-
(about EUR 397.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Upper intermediate
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
1784
3
1398
2436
4
1784
3088
6
2556
4392
8
3328
5696
5853
12
4752
8184
8257
16
6256
10752
10741
24
9264
15888
15709
Extra week (24+)
366
632
611
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.66   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
26.01 / 30.03 / 02.04 / 25.04 / 07.05 / 31.08 / 01.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 01.01.2018
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019

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

Cambridge course (FCE) Computer based

Intermediate to Advanced, 11 / 12 week(s)
11 week(s) - From AUD 4486.-
(about EUR 2845.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
11 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 16
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
7652
7746
12
4752
8184
8257
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.66   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 11 wk
08.01 / 26.03 / 17.09.2018
Starting dates 12 wk
09.07.2018
Bank holidays
26.01 / 30.03 / 02.04 / 25.04 / 07.05 / 31.08 / 01.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 01.01.2018
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019

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

Cambridge course (CAE) Computer Based

Upper intermediate to Advanced, 11 / 12 week(s)
11 week(s) - From AUD 4486.-
(about EUR 2845.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
11 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Upper intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 16
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
7652
7746
12
4752
8184
8257
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.66   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 11 wk
08.01 / 24.09.2018
Starting dates 12 wk
26.03 / 02.07.2018
Bank holidays
26.01 / 30.03 / 02.04 / 25.04 / 07.05 / 31.08 / 01.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 01.01.2018
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019

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 397.-)
Lessons
25 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 16
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
1784
3
1398
2436
4
1784
3088
6
2556
4392
8
3328
5696
5853
12
4752
8184
8257
16
6256
10752
10741
24
9264
15888
15709
Extra week (24+)
366
632
611
All prices are in AUD.   AUD 1 ≈ EUR 0.66   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
26.01 / 30.03 / 02.04 / 25.04 / 07.05 / 31.08 / 01.10.2018
Holidays
24.12.2017 - 01.01.2018
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019

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 350 AUD
CAE Cambridge exam fee 350 AUD
IELTS exam fee (to be paid on site) (approximately) 330 AUD
Compulsory OSHC health insurance/student visa (per month) (approximately) 60 AUD
Extra night with host family, half board 38 AUD
Extra night with host family, full board 41 AUD
Extra night with host family (under 18 y.o.) 46 AUD
Extra night in a shared apartment (Double room) 35 AUD
Extra night in a shared apartment (single room) 70 AUD
Additional night compulsory (FCE: 24.03 / 09.06 / 01.12.2018; CAE: 16.06 / 22.09.2018)
Supplement Accommodation high season (per wk.) (Host family, under 18 y.o., 01.07 - 01.09.2017) 28 AUD
Apartment deposit (to be paid on site) 300 AUD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Gold Coast) 145 AUD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Gold Coast)
Compulsory if accommodation in shared apartment
145 AUD
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Gold Coast) 230 AUD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Brisbane)
Compulsory if accommodation in shared apartment
250 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 (Southport Central)

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

91% of students recommending this school

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

75 students gave their opinion about this school

20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
18 weeks, January – May 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 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
16 weeks, January – May 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui , il est très facile de progresser lorsqu’on est obligé de parler anglais avec ces amis du monde entier ! »
School highlights
« Les professeurs sont toujours motivé et plein de volonté pour que vous progressiez ! Ils ont plein d’activité a faire en cours pour progresser en cours . »
Top tips
« La Gold Coast est une super ville avec de nombreuse plage , il faut surtout voyager le week end pour découvrir de nouvelle ville en Australie ! »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, January – April 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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?
« Oui, je parle plus essaiment en anglais. J'ai rencontré des gens de tous les pays avec des différents accents. Je les comprends beaucoup mieux maintenant. »
School highlights
« Les professeurs, les élèves et le pays. C'est une petite école très familial. Tout le monde se connaît et c'est le point le plus fort de l'école. L'enseignement il n'y a rien à dire, c'est parfait! »
Top tips
« Profiter et voyager le week-end! »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
L'Australia è un bellissimo paese anche se molto severo in molte campi tra cui i visti di immigrazione e le regole sulla vita notturna. Vale la pena passare un soggiorno linguistico qua per tutte le persone "open mind" disposte a imparare ed accettare diverse culture e diverse abitudini. La gold coast è una città molto turistica che non rispecchia la tipica vita australiana alla bay watch che tutti immaginano, ma piuttosto è un centro sulla costa pieno di discoteche, ristoranti e negozi. È anche facile trovare un lavoro part-time in zona, ma essendo una zona turistica il costo della vita è piuttosto alto. Questa scuola ha ottimi docenti disposti ad aiutarti nel caso di bisogno, ed ottimi dipendenti che sanno orientarti nella giusta direzione in caso di domande di ordine quotidiano
27 weeks, September 2017 – April 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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Overall impression of the country
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School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
11 weeks, January – March 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
11 weeks, January – March 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
9 weeks, November 2017 – January 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
10 weeks, October – December 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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?
« Si però sarei dovuta stare lì di piu »
School highlights
« Attività come halloween, melbourne cup »
34 years old - Colombia
/ 5
Si quieres niveles superiores no los tiene ( de 6 a 7 en Gold coast. Improvisacion en la contratacion de profesores.
40 weeks, February – November 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
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School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
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Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (2 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Si. Ya puedo tener conversaciones fluidas con nativos y no nativos »
School highlights
« Son estructos con la asistencia y tienen muchas ayudas no solo del libro, tambien material extra muy util. »
21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, October – November 2017
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 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 (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals

Testimonials

Nicola Wullschleger
Nicola Wullschleger

Gold Coast – Australia’s City of Entertainment! It is not an exaggeration. Here there is constantly something to do and from October on, which offers summer temperatures – perfect to enjoy Gold Coast. You must absolutely try surfing, just for that the trip is worth it! In comparison with this active city, the school is small and has a family atmosphere. There is a café next to it – the ideal place to see your new friends or to eat together. It’s great and the food is excellent! Unfortunately few leisure activities offered by the school would get the students excited. In this area, there is room for improvement.

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Alicia Burnier
Alicia Burnier

I just came back from 4 amazing months on the Gold Coast. It was definitely too short! The Gold Coast is the ideal place to learn English in a relaxed environment. I met so many incredible people from different parts of the world and I discovered new cultures. The school is medium-sized and that is perfect if you want to make new friends easily and participate in the activities. Teachers are very good and the courses are interesting and varied. The beaches are breathtaking and the nightlife has always something to offer. I didn’t have time to get bored. This was one of the most beautiful trips of my life.

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Alison Jaccard
Alison Jaccard

I was attracted to the Gold Coast for its name, but I didn’t know much about it. I decided to travel to this unknown place and suddenly found myself in the craziest city I’ve ever been to. Huge buildings, restaurants, bars and clubs everywhere, but mostly… amazing beaches where I started surfing. Australians are extremely nice and warm, I soon got used to their accent! Getting bored or homesick is basically impossible when you live in such a lively place… I soon decided to stay longer. I did an 11-week course to prepare the CAE at Shafston, a small school with a nice environment and good teachers. We were nine people in the class, so the course was more intensive than a General English course and I’m very happy about my improvement. Of course, there will always be people who speak your language, but you have to try to speak English all the time… I did, and now I even dream in English!

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Host family (minimum 2 weeks)
Our partner school has a network of host families who are happy to accommodate international students and show them the lifestyle of Australians on the Gold Coast. All of the families live within a radius of about 40 minutes, and you won't have any trouble getting to the school by public transport. You'll stay in a single room and will benefit from the choice of accommodation only, half-board or full board. Complete immersion - perfect for making continuous progress in English!

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

Southport Central shared apartment (from 18 years, minimum 8 weeks)
Located within walking distance from the Southport Broadwater Parklands, these apartments include 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms each. You'll stay in a twin room (by yourself or with a student of the same sex) and will have access to an equipped kitchen with a washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, a balcony with an awesome view, fitness rooms and swimming pools in the beautiful gardens in front of the buildings. The surroundings are full of shops, cafés and restaurants, and the school is just a 7-minute walk away.

Each weekend, our partner school organises trips or excursions of discovery. You can choose from an outing to the zoo, walks in the tropical forests, a parachute jump, camping and many other activities.
If you wish to explore the Gold Coast and its surroundings by your own means, nothing is stopping you from throwing yourself wholeheartedly into outdoor activities which give the place its reputation including, first and foremost, surfing, which is practised with enthusiasm, underwater diving, jet skiing, kayaking, a dolphin watching boat trip, hot balloon rides or fishing trips on the high sea. The well-named Gold Coast will manage to fulfil all of your expectations.

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