English school in Cairns: Cairns College of English

From 372.- GBP
640.- AUD
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Key points

  • Great location
  • Wide choice of extracurricular activities
  • Very good network of host families
  • Relaxed atmosphere and serious work

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
Cambridge (B2 First, C1 Advanced), IELTS
School size
M
Accommodation
Host family, Apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
Europe, Asia, South America, etc..

Our partner school is located in the city centre, close to all types of amenities and many of the bars and restaurants that make Cairns such a trendy place. The school’s 18 classrooms, 12 of which are equipped with smart boards, are modern and convenient. Enjoy the breaks with your classmates in the lounge or the shared kitchen, use one of the 30 computers in the computer lab or get some fuel in the form of caffeine in the school’s café. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building, which also has a tour desk, where the school’s staff will be happy to help you plan activities for your weekends.

Our partner school reopened on 11/05/2020.
Please note that due to the safety measures implemented following official recommendations and requirements, some school facts and services – such as the number of students per class, schedules, access to common areas as well as certain activities - may differ from those described on our website. Please contact us for more information.

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Included in the price
  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Optional language workshops
  • Job Club
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 12 week(s)
1 week From 372.- GBP
(640.- AUD)
Lessons
15 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 12 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 16
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:30
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
640 AUD
1150 AUD
2
980 AUD
1750 AUD
3
1320 AUD
2350 AUD
4
1660 AUD
2950 AUD
2730 AUD
6
2390 AUD
4200 AUD
3870 AUD
8
3070 AUD
5400 AUD
4960 AUD
12
4430 AUD
7800 AUD
7140 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

Intensive course

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 52 week(s)
1 week From 407.- GBP
(700.- AUD)
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 60 minutes
+ Self study: 5 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 52 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 16
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
General (group): 09:00-14:30
Self study: 14:45-15:45
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
700 AUD
1210 AUD
2
1100 AUD
1870 AUD
3
1500 AUD
2530 AUD
4
1900 AUD
3190 AUD
2970 AUD
6
2690 AUD
4500 AUD
4170 AUD
8
3470 AUD
5800 AUD
5360 AUD
12
5030 AUD
8400 AUD
7740 AUD
16
6480 AUD
10890 AUD
10010 AUD
24
9330 AUD
15820 AUD
14500 AUD
Extra week (24+)
370 AUD
630 AUD
575 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

Compulsory OSHC health insurance - student visa (per month) 50 AUD
Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

B2 First combined exam preparation course, 20+5 lessons/week

Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1), 10/12 week(s)
10 weeks From 2528.- GBP
(4350.- AUD)
Lessons
Exam preparation (group): 20 of 60 minutes
+ Self study: 5 of 60 minutes
Course duration
10/12 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
Exam preparation (group): 09:00-14:30
Self study: 14:45-15:45
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
10
4350 AUD
7200 AUD
6650 AUD
12
5030 AUD
8400 AUD
7740 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

B2 First exam fee 330 AUD
Administrative fee
Mailing fee
40 AUD
Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates 10 wk
15.06.2020
Starting dates 12 wk
16.03 / 07.09.2020
Exam dates
09.06 / 27.08 / 01.12.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

C1 Advanced combined exam preparation course, 20+5 lessons/week

Upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced (C1), 10/12 week(s)
10 weeks From 2528.- GBP
(4350.- AUD)
Lessons
Exam preparation (group): 20 of 60 minutes
+ Self study: 5 of 60 minutes
Course duration
10/12 week(s)
Levels
Upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 12
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
Exam preparation (group): 09:00-14:30
Self study: 14:45-15:45
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
10
4350 AUD
7200 AUD
6650 AUD
12
5030 AUD
8400 AUD
7740 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

Administrative fee
Mailing fee
40 AUD
C1 Advanced exam fee 330 AUD
Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates 10 wk
15.06.2020
Starting dates 12 wk
16.03 / 07.09.2020
Exam dates
10.06 / 28.08 / 02.12.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

IELTS combined exam preparation course, 20+5 lessons/week

Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1), 1 - 30 week(s)
1 week From 407.- GBP
(700.- AUD)
Lessons
Exam preparation (group): 20 of 60 minutes
+ Self study: 5 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 30 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 16
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
Exam preparation (group): 09:00-14:15
Self study: 14:45-15:45
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
700 AUD
1210 AUD
2
1100 AUD
1870 AUD
3
1500 AUD
2530 AUD
4
1900 AUD
3190 AUD
2970 AUD
6
2690 AUD
4500 AUD
4170 AUD
8
3470 AUD
5800 AUD
5360 AUD
12
5030 AUD
8400 AUD
7740 AUD
16
6480 AUD
10890 AUD
10010 AUD
24
9330 AUD
15820 AUD
14500 AUD
Extra week (24+)
370 AUD
630 AUD
575 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

Compulsory OSHC health insurance - student visa (per month) 50 AUD
IELTS exam fee (to be paid online) On request
Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Exam dates
On request
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

Job Ready Program

Lower-intermediate (A2-B1) to advanced (C1), 4 week(s)
4 weeks From 1279.- GBP
(2200.- AUD)
Lessons
English for Work (group): 20 of 60 minutes
+ Self study: 5 of 60 minutes
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Lower-intermediate (A2-B1) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 16
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
English for Work (group): 09:00-14:30
Self study: 14:45-15:45
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
4
2200 AUD
3490 AUD
3270 AUD
AUD 1 ≈ GBP 0.58   (Not-binding exchange rate)

Extras

Accommodation deposit (apartment) (to be paid on site) 200 AUD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 95 AUD
End-of-year holidays (supplement) (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 03.01.2021)
150 AUD
Airport transfer (pick-up) 90 AUD
Starting dates
17.02 / 27.04 / 03.08 / 12.10.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 27.01 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 04.05 / 17.07 / 05.10.2020
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

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

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.

4.3/5
Overall rating

96% of students recommending this school

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71 students gave their opinion about this school

20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Sehr empfehlenswert! Neue Zimmer, sehr sauber, gute Infrastruktur und sehr freundlich!
9 weeks, November 2019 – January 2020
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
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« Ja, beim Verstehen und Sprechen- durch Konversationen mit Freunden im Alltag. »
School highlights
« Sehr sympathische Lehrer und gute Infrastruktur! »
Top tips
« Ich empfehle Allen einen Tauchkurs in Cairns! Es gibt viele Freizeitangebote die von der Stadt gratis angeboten werden (Zumba, Aquazimba, Volleyball..) »
25 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, November 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Personne ne parlais francais j'était obloger se parlrer anglais. J'ai ameliorer ma compréhension et agrandi mon vocabulaire. »
School highlights
« Très accueillant. Prof dynamique. Personelle tres gentil. »
38 years old - Italy
/ 5
Il mio soggiorno linguistico della durata di 8 settimane a Cairns, Australia, è stato fantastico. Un'esperienza indimenticabile che mi ha permesso di migliorare il mio inglese, conoscere tantissimi amici provenienti da tutto il mondo e scoprire un paese meraviglioso! Ho trovato la scuola perfetta in ogni ambito: metodi d'istruzione innovativi, professori preparatissimi, tecnologicamente avanzata ed umanamente degna di nota. Un buon appartamento condiviso, con una buona organizzazione. L'ufficio della Cairns Sharehouse sempre molto disponibile. Tour ed iniziative organizzate dalla scuola veramente interessanti
8 weeks, October – November 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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« Si, ho migliorato il mio vocabolario, la mia pronuncia, la grammatica ed ho praticato costantemente la lingua parlata dentro e fuori dalla scuola. »
25 years old - Italy
/ 5
È stata una delle esperienze più belle della mia vita. Mi ha cambiata tanto, ho conosciuto tantissime persone da tutto il mondo, siamo diventati davvero amici, mi son divertita, ho studiato, ho visto paesaggi fantastici. Il mio inglese é migliorato giorno dopo giorno e adesso son tornata davvero arricchita!
12 weeks, May – August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Si moltissimi, ho conosciuto persone e parlare sempre una lingua differente dalla mia nativa, e studiare allo stesso tempo ha fatto in modo che migliorarsi giorno dopo giorno »
School highlights
« Molte culture differenti »
28 years old - Germany
/ 5
3 weeks, June – July 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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39 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Australien ist wunderschön und Cairns ist klein aber für einen Sprachaufenthalt ideal. Schule ist sehr empfehlenswert. English-only-policity, sehr gute und kompetente Lehrkräfte, der Spass kommt nicht zu kurz, wöchentliche Leveltests, diverse Aktivitäten Gastfamilie war okay - ich war sehr selbständig - Kontakt war nicht riesig, was mich aber nicht störte Super Angebote zu fairen Preisen - meist günstiger als in Tourist-Adventure-ShopsSehr gute Beratung! Super Sache - jederzeit gerne wieder!
6 weeks, April – May 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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« Riesige Fortschritte habe ich in den sechs Wochen nicht gemacht - das war mir aber klar. Dennoch konnte ich profitieren und bin wieder in die Sprach "reingekommen" »
School highlights
« Die Lehrer und das Admin-Personal sind TOP! Jederzeit gibt es Ansprechpartner und alle sind sehr hilfsbereit! »
26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
17 weeks, August – December 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, September – December 2018
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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35 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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« Die Schule war sehr gut organisiert und es wurde sehr darauf geachtet das in der Schule wirklich nur Englisch gesprochen wurde. »
27 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
10 weeks, June – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Testimonials
Sylvie Frattino
Sylvie Frattino
Cairns College of EnglishCairns
Duration: 16 weeks

My name is Sylvie Frattino, I am 23 years old and I come from Vevey, Switzerland. I am currently living in Cairns, Australia for a total duration of 16 weeks. I am a student at the Cairns College of English. I started at an intermediate level and after four weeks, I was upgraded to the upper intermediate class, where I am now. The lessons are varied and deal with various topics. We work on all four language competences: listening, writing, speaking and reading. The teachers are competent and very friendly. As regards meals, we can use the cafeteria, which is equipped with a micro-wave oven. There is a computer room a well as a relaxation area with sofa and television. The school organises many activities as well as weekend excursions at very advantageous prices. Therefore, I could visit several beautiful places in this wonderful region (magnetic island, green island, cape tribulations) as well as participate in various activities (wine/cheese tasting, yoga, water-skiing,…). The atmosphere is excellent. I am having a really good time here; I’m improving my English and taking advantage of it to discover new horizons. This experience is great because it allows me to meet people from all over the world and thus get to know new cultures.

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Host family
Our partner school has a very good network of host families at its disposal, who for the most part live around 15-30 minutes from the school. You'll stay in a single room with half-board and will have the opportunity to fully experience Australian life by living with a local family. The cultural and linguistic benefits of this accommodation option will largely contribute to the improvement of your level of English!

Shared apartment (minimum 4 weeks)
Located a 20-30-minute walk from the school, these apartments are also close to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and the beautiful lagoon. You'll stay in a single room (twin room available for students travelling together) and enjoy full independence while sharing the common rooms with Australian and international students, backpackers, travelers or professionals. The apartments consist of 5-6 bedrooms, and in each one you’ll find unlimited Wi-Fi, a desk, a wardrobe and a ceiling fan. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a shared lounge and dining room with TV and DVD Player, a balcony or outdoor patio and a BBQ area in the garden. Bed linen and one towel are available, as well as coin-operated laundry on site and bike rental service. Bathrooms are cleaned weekly and a full-time maintenance officer is at your disposal. Free Wi-Fi and air conditioning (subject to availability) are included. Students should bring their own beach towel.

Cairns is without doubt the place in Australia which offers the most leisure activities at very competitive prices. The city has become the meeting place of lovers of sports and adventure and strong sensations, thanks, notably, to the natural wonders that are the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical forest. Deep-sea diving and a jungle safari figure amongst a wide choice of activities proposed by our partner school, completed by a social programme made up of parties and visits in order to have an unforgettable stay.

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