After deciding to study abroad and discover Australia as one of the best places to learn the English language, you might find that this country has as many English institutes as secondary schools. In other words, every city in Australia has hundreds of schools you can choose from and this can be a daunting job. For this reason, here we present the top 5 tips to find your perfect English school in Australia.
Tip 1: The city
Australia is not only about Sydney. There are numerous cities that can offer you different experiences, weather and opportunities. For example, Melbourne is the second biggest city in the country and it has a great cultural background as well as nightlife. However, as any city in the world, it is busy and it has an unpredictable weather.
On the other hand, Brisbane is almost sunny the whole year, it is close to the most astonishing beaches in the country and it is a quite city with a beautiful landscape. However, the city nightlife is somewhat limited (many shops are closed at 6pm) and the central business district is small compared with Sydney and Melbourne.
As we mentioned before, the city can give you different experiences and for this reason it has to be linked with your lifestyle. In this way, you will enjoy Australia and your English skills will improve faster.
Tip 2: Morning classes vs. Evening classes
Not every institute offer evening classes. In fact, there is a limited set of colleges that offer classes after 4 or 5pm. A morning class will give more friends and usually the beginner’s levels are only offered in this schedule.
On the other hand, evening classes will give you the opportunity to know more about the city or get a job during the day. However, by the end of the day you might be tired and really good content of the class can be missed by you because of this.
Tip 3: The price
The most expensive and the best English language programs are usually offered by universities and commonly are focussed in academic English skills. Yet, the more expensive, the better English school is not a norm.
There are other options that can offer you a good price and good teachers for half of the cost of an university. It is important that you research about size of the classes, levels offered, facilities, quality of teachers and even prizes won by the school. In this way, you can determine which is the best option for you.
Tip 4: Multicultural mix
As this tip can be difficult to achieve, always ask about the multicultural mix in your school. If in your college, there are many people that speak your same language, you won’t be challenged to speak in English and you will miss a good opportunity to improve.
The multicultural mix gives you the opportunity to improve your English skills and more important to make friends from all around the world!
Tip 5: Pathway opportunities
If you come to Australia to not only study English but study at uni, an English school that offers you a direct pathway without the need to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam is worth to consider it.
Many schools have agreements with Australian universities and you can avoid the risk and the nervous to take an international English test by only studying in one of these schools. Also this can save you some money because each of these tests cost around 300 dllrs!
If you follow these tips, you can be sure that you will choose the best school for you. Obviously, an agency always will be a great partner to help you define what you want to do in this country. So always is worth to consult them.
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