Frequently Asked Questions

Studying English abroad in a foreign country is a big decision, so it is best to know as much as possible before you leave your country.

The questions below are a list of common questions we get at TIES that might help to put your mind at ease, or to better understand what is involved when studying English in Australia at TIES. If your particular question hasn't been answered below, or if you need any further information or clarification, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to discuss your plans.

Have a question? Talk to one of our professional staff.

At TIES, we believe in being open and transparent about our school so that students know exactly what to expect when they arrive. One of the best ways for us to be able to answer your questions is either via email, a phone call or video conferencing such as Skype.

If you would like to have a chat with us, please go to our contact page and send through a request. It will only take a couple of minutes, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Please let us know if you would like to have a chat over Facebook, Skype, or other social media platform, and we will do our best to make a time to talk with you.

Useful info

  • NEAS Accredited School
  • Registered with the Australian Government
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Unique Learning Environment
  • University Qualified Teachers


1When do the courses begin?
Students can start courses every Tuesday, although it is encouraged that students begin at the start of each term if possible. You can find our term dates in our Student Prospectus
2What size class will I be placed in?
TIES is a Boutique Language School, which means that we have smaller class sizes than most other schools. Typically, each class will have between 12-15 students on average, and the largest class you will be placed in is with 18 students. We believe that it is important that students learning a second language receive as much feedback and support as possible, which is why we have smaller class sizes.
3Where will I stay whilst studying at TIES?

You have lots of options available in terms of accommodation during your time at TIES. Some students prefer a Homestay experience to truly immerse themselves in the language and culture, while others prefer renting a one bedroom apartment, or sharing an apartment with other students. At TIES, we can help in finding the most suitable accommodation for your personal preferences.

4Where will my fellow class mates come from?
One of the unique points of studying English in Townsville at TIES is that we have an extremely diverse student nationality mix. Students who chose to study English at a larger center in Australia such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Cairns often complain that they study in a classroom full of students from their own country, and that it makes it more difficult for them to immerse in the experience. At TIES we pride ourselves on our incredible mix of nationalities. Learn more about our students here.
5Will I need to apply for a visa?

Yes, You will need to apply for a visa when you come to study at TIES. This can be done by consulting your closest Australian Embassy. You will require a valid Student Visa (up to 54 weeks with TIES), Working Holiday (12 months), or a three or six month Tourist Visa. These are available from any Australian Embassy.

If you would like to study for longer than 12 weeks, we recommend applying for a Student Visa as your best option. TIES works closely with two migration agents in Townsville, and we can refer your to them if you have any specific questions about visas; however, the process for most countries is fairly straight forward so long as you follow the steps outlined on the Australian immigration website:

6What study options are available once I finish my course?
There are many future pathways options once you finish your study at TIES. Some students with strong academic performance choose to apply for entry into Australian Universities. In most cases students choose to complete the IELTS course first which guarantees English language needs.
7How much extra money will I need to bring for living expenses?
On top of your course fees you will need to bring extra money for living expenses. The cost of living in Queensland is obviously relative to the country you are coming from and therefore you could compare the following figures to your current living expenses. As a guide most students should allow between $1000 - $1200 per month depending on accommodation and lifestyle choices for extra money.
8What activities can I do in my spare time?
There are many different activities that are organised by TIES for our students. Whether you are into extreme activities such as sky-diving, white water rafting and scuba diving or more relaxing pastimes such as movies, food and music Townsville has what you want. Once you begin your course you will also make great friends from many different cultures and Townsville has many things on offer to have fun and enjoy your time.
9How can I communicate with my family and friends back home?
You can purchase cheap phone cards to call family and friends back home from the TIES reception or use the computers in the lab to email and talk online.