LESSONS PER WEEK Full time / 28 lessons / 21 hours during the language programme.
AGE RANGE 18 and over
CLASS SIZE 12 maximum
COURSE LENGTH 24 week minimum (12 week Learning programme/12 weeks work placement).
LEVELS Levels strong intermediate to Advanced.
Enrolments for this program are currently suspended pending the availability of a new qualification and program which will allow visa-nationals to take-up work placement programs.
In Australia the cost of living, and of taking one of our English courses, is low. For example a 20-week intensive course (25 hours per week in class) including the first four weeks of board and lodging, can cost just AUD 6815 (around 4080 euros). To take this program you will need a student visa, which will give you the right to seek and find part-time work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The school will not help you to find a job, but they will point you towards the nearest Job Center, where you will easily be offered work. Your earnings should be quite enough to cover your living expenses. Of course you do have to pay the AUD 6815 in advance, before you leave for Australia, but you get 500 hours in class plus your first four weeks board and lodging, and will most probably not have to spend any more money from home once you start working. It is a good investment, for in that length of time and with that amount of study you can make significant strides forward in your knowledge of English. With a 40-week package you spend 15-16% less on a weekly basis, and of course you learn far, far more.
Interns can work in the fields of healthcare, legal aid, human rights, engineering, IT, communications, wildlife and range management, microcredit, fashion, economic development, marketing, tourism, law, finance, and more.
In London we offer a demi-pair program, open exclusively to girls who are citizens of the European Union aged between 19 and 28, with a level of English that is at least lower intermediate. It consists of a period of 8 or 12 weeks, with starting dates once a month, and a weekly cost of GBP 103 (108 or 119 in summer). For this you are enrolled at a very good school (recognized by the British Council) in Harrow, a pleasant residential suburb in North London, on a course of 15 lessons (50") per week in classes with max 16 pupils. The fee covers the cost of the course, because you receive your single room and full board from the host family, selected for you by the school, without payment, in exchange for your working for the family for 15 hours a week, helping with the housework and with the children, plus one evening's baby-sitting during the week. This is by far the most economical way to study English in London, at just half an hour by underground train from the city center.
Working in another country challenges interns to develop cross-cultural competencies, independence, self assurance, and flexibility—all traits desired by employers.
WARNING! If your LEVEL OF ENGLISH is not at least "lower intermediate" please do not think that you will be able to find any sort of work. The reality is that nobody will give you a job. The sort of mechanical jobs that used to be available to those with little language knowledge - like washing dishes in a restaurant - no longer exist. Nowadays mechanical jobs are done by machines.
Please note that the paid work placements are always entry level positionsin the service industry (restaurants, hotels, stores,...). If you are looking for a work experience related to your career or studies, then the unpaid professional internships are more adapted for you.
In the rest of this page we shall describe the programs we can offer that combine an English course with paid work. We can only offer this as a program in the UK, and only to EU citizens; but we can tell you how to get part-time work while studying in Australia. Ask your nearest Australian Embassy if there are restrictions on your nationality.
is just what it says. Most foreign students of English who get paid work while studying will be working in the hotel and catering industry. Other jobs are occasionally available, but only for those with a very good knowledge of English indeed, or who have very unusual and sought after skills
In Eastbourne and in the South-East of England we can offer programs of English study combined with a paid job. You will be sent a contract before you leave your own country. These programs are managed by an excellent school (recognized by the British Council). The work offered is mostly in the hotel and catering business. One advantage here is that your employer will often house and feed you for a low cost, which you can (more than) cover from what you earn. If not, the school will find you accommodation from which you can travel to your place of work every day, and at an affordable cost.
is also called a "stage" or "internship", and it requires an already-acquired upper-intermediate level (at least) of English knowledge. You will be placed in a company working in a field for which you will have expressed a preference, for example banking/journalism/insurance/marketing, etc etc. Sometimes you will already have some qualification in this field from your own country. Its purpose is for you to gain experience, and it enhances your curriculum very nicely for the moment when you start out on your working career. You can find some of our "internship" offers in our . If not, try sending us a . We can offer this in some locations in UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Make sure you select the option "English with (unpaid) work experience" from the "Course content" drop-down menu in either form.
N.B. The minimum time you must plan to spend in Australia for a student visa (which will enable you to work part-time) is 8 weeks of prepaid course. Check with your nearest Australian embassy or consulate for details and possible updates of visa regulations. The minimum cost for 8 weeks' course with 25 hours per week (compulsory for a student visa) is AUD 2575 (around 1542 euros), plus your maintenance and of course your flight.
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