IES College

IES Pre Foundation Year English (097244M)

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IES College Campuses

Google Map of 433 Boundary St, Spring Hill, QLD

IES consists of three (3) campuses, all located within walking distance of each other in Spring Hill.

495 Boundary Street Campus

The original IES campus is located at 495 Boundary Street, it consists of eight (8) levels and is home to IES' Accounts Department, Reception, Academic Director and General Manager. The campus includes: numerous classrooms, computer labs and science labs, as well as 2 large lecture theatres. It also has student lounge areas, with kitchen facilities, quiet and group study areas, resources / library facilities, prayer and music rooms.

88 Leichhardt Street Campus

This is the second campus opened by IES, and is located on the corner of Leichhardt and Fortescue streets. The Ground Floor offers: 3 computer labs, 7 classrooms, numerous quiet and group study spaces, as well as 2 large student lounge areas; that include kitchen and cafe facilities. It is also home to the IES Enrolments Department and the Pearson Testing Centre. The First Floor consists of: 12 classrooms, 2 computer labs, a resource/library space, various quiet and group study areas, as well as a large student lounge area with kitchen facilities. It is also home to the main reception for this campus.

433 Boundary Street Campus

The newest addition to IES, and now the main hub, this campus is located on the corner of Boundary and Water streets. The Ground Floor offers: 11 classrooms, 2 computer labs, resources / library facilities, an art gallery, numerous quiet and group study areas, as well as a student lounge area with kitchen and cafe facilities. It is also home to the main reception for this campus. The First Floor consists of: 4 lecture theatres, 5 classrooms, an art gallery, resources / library space, as well as numerous quiet and group study areas. It also includes IES' corporate hub, which is home to the Managing Director, IES Digital & Marketing teams and IT Manager.

Support Services

English Language Instruction

The compulsory subject Academic English for University Studies (AE) is specifically designed to develop students' academic English and IELTS skills while increasing their knowledge of Australian culture. English Language Assistance (ELA) provides extra tuition for students who are either having difficulties with English in their studies or who need an IELTS score of more than 6.5 for their undergraduate program at UQ. All ELA teachers are fully trained TESOL teachers.

Student Counselling

Student counsellors provide caring, experienced counselling and advice. Their assistance is readily available throughout the year for any problems whether they be of an academic nature, English language related or just issues relating to adjusting to life in another country.

Academic Career & Study Guidance

Student Counsellors provide a range of programs and support to help students settle into their new academic and living situations. Workshops are available for students at the start of the year in areas such as living on a budget, signing contracts and accommodation options. There are also sessions on presentation skills, assignment writing and coping with exam nerves.

Student Counsellors play an important role in assisting students to make sound decisions about choices for undergraduate study as well as their future career.

Extra Tutorials

If you are having difficulties in a particular subject, Student Counsellors can arrange for extra tutorial support. These are small group sessions that revise work already covered but do not involve any extra assessment. There is no charge for these tutorials. In addition the Student Counsellor can assist you to find an appropriate non-IES tutor at a reasonable rate. IES does not charge you for finding the private tutor.

Individual Study Plans and other intervention strategies for academically “At Risk” students

The teachers and student counsellors work together to identify students experiencing academic difficulties which require greater intervention strategies than is available in the extra tutorials. These students are closely monitored and assisted, also their progress is recorded via Individual Study Plans.

IES Mates

IES Mates connect IES students with a resident crew of trained English language instructors. IES Mates helps students practice their speaking and listening skills, gain insight into the differences between foundation and university and take full advantage of studying in Australia and UQ.

Guidance with university placement

Our Student Counsellors will provide course and career advice to assist students to make informed choices about their future and select the right undergraduate subjects for their chosen career path.

24-hour contact

All students are given a mobile phone contact number so they can call IES staff at any time in case of emergencies.

Supporting under 18s

IES provides guardianship and a range of services including 24 hour emergency telephone number plus a regular contact regime.


At the commencement of each intake a full orientation program will provide you with an introduction to the program and Brisbane. You will be provided with important information regarding visa regulations, general advice on accommodation and living with a homestay family. During this time you will have the chance to meet with your classmates and speak to staff if you have any concerns regarding your subject choices.

Student lifestyle

Students at IES College enjoy one of the best lifestyles in Australia and the world. In the 2017 QS Best Student Cities index, Brisbane was ranked number 20 in the world and 3rd in Australia. With one of the highest student ratios of any city in the index, our students enjoy not only a multicultural and diverse educational experience, but a multicultural and diverse city as well.

As a multicultural city, Brisbane celebrates its diversity with many festivals throughout the year, including Paniyiri, a Greek festival; Lunar New Year; and Brisbane Festival, a month-long arts festival showcasing contemporary theatre, music and dance. The city also boasts a network of communities, meaning students can connect with people from their own cultures or learn more about others.

A contemporary city, students can enjoy restaurant and cafe, entertainment and arts precincts throughout Brisbane. It is a green city and students can also study in one of the many parks and gardens in the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

With its near perfect climate, Queensland is one of the most attractive places to live in Australia. Brisbane experiences more than 250 days of sunshine each year, has mild winters and some of the country's best beaches north and south of the city.

Queensland attracts more than 50 per cent of all international tourists to Australia and has a diverse range of activities for students to enjoy.

As an IES College student, you will have access to a range of activities to experience more of the city including horse riding, surfing, rock climbing, theme parks and city tours.

Living in Brisbane

IES College campuses are located in the centre of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and Australia's third largest city. Brisbane is situated along the Brisbane River and enjoys a sub-tropical climate of warm humid summers and mild dry winters.

The heart of the city is about shopping, eating, recreation and taking in the culture of its art galleries and museums. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan city that offers the diversity of the Queen Street Mall, The Valley and Chinatown precincts along with South Bank, Roma Street Parklands, Eagle Street Pier and Riverside.

For those who love the beach, just outside of the cosmopolitan centre within 60 minutes of Brisbane city centre, are both the Sunshine Coast (north) and Gold Coast (south), which are famous for their beautiful golden beaches. Both coasts are easily accessible by public or private transport.

Abundant parks, open spaces, bike and walking tracks, world class entertainment/sport facilities and shopping are just a few of the things that make Brisbane a wonderful place to live and study.

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Living Costs

Brisbane is one of the most affordable capital cities in Australia. Accommodation costs are lower than in Sydney and Melbourne and it is feasible for students to live in the very centre of Brisbane. Transport, food and entertainment is similar in cost to cities like Perth and Adelaide. Brisbane caters for a diverse range of lifestyles and with the great weather you can easily enjoy living here, even on a student budget.

The Australian government advises that you should expect to spend a minimum of AUD$18,610 for living expenses per year. However, accommodation and food costs can be reduced by sharing with friends and budgeting carefully.

Approximate Monthly Expenses (in AUD)

The following prices are estimates at 2017 and are dependent on items purchased and market fluctuations.

Phone $50

Public Transport $120

Food and Groceries $400

Electricity/Gas $60

Photocopying/Printing/Stationery $50

Contents Insurance $25

Clothing/Personal $200

TOTAL (not including accommodation) $ 905

The average price for independent accommodation in the Spring Hill area is between $190 - $270 for a single room.

Most phone companies offer monthly plans for mobile phones, which include your handset and a certain number of calls and text messages. The average phone plan starts at $50 per month.

An average student will spend $120 per month on public transport based on a journey from the city centre to zone 2 on a weekday.

Other Expenses:

Recreation/Entertainment $200

A movie ticket costs $6.50-15 and food court meals between $10-$18.

There are many free and fun things to do in Brisbane - for more information visit:

Unplanned Expenses - $75


Your student visa permits you to work on a part time basis whilst studying.

In Australia, international students who do succeed in obtaining employment may work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester time and full-time during vacations (for example over the three month break of December to February).

Although many international and local students are successful in obtaining casual and part time employment to help subsidise their living costs while studying, students should not rely on obtaining such work when calculating a budget.

Useful Links

Accommodation Options for IES students

Study Brisbane Website

ESOS legislative framework


Australian Skills Quality Authority

Department of Home Affairs

Overseas Student Ombudsman

Council for International Students Australia (CISA)

My future

While we encourage our students to take in the sights of Brisbane and surrounding areas, it is imperative for international students to familiarise themselves with local and Australian road rules to prevent accidents and injuries. During each orientation and new student intake, IES College ensures to cover important topics about living in Brisbane, including road rules. As such, with the help of some enthusiastic IES College students, we have put together a Road Safety video filmed right in front of one of the IES College campuses.

For more information on Brisbane road rules, particularly as a pedestrian, please visit the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads website.