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English Courses in Sydney

Enroll in EF’s English courses in Sydney and experience life in Australia’s most visited city.

Our English courses in Sydney are held in the heart of downtown, so close to the world-famous harbor that the Sydney Harbor bridge is the first thing you’ll see when stepping out of class. EF Sydney is situated just off the Circular Quay, literally steps from the Sydney Opera House and the dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants of the Rocks District. 

In addition to our personalized language courses, EF Sydney offers several exam preparation classes so students can ready themselves for higher education in Australia. Our English courses are supplemented by the EF Internship Program which offers students international work experience in fields such as tourism, finance and marketing. EF Sydney is housed in a heritage-listed building complete with exposed-brick walls and fully-renovated classrooms. And our activities office is onsite to plan weekend excursions and early morning surf lessons.

Australia’s Favorite City

Sydney is the place where the British first settled in Australia, and over 200 years later it still remains the center of Australian life and culture. Asian, British and South Pacific influences are important to Sydney’s cultural make-up, and they all blend together to form the city’s distinct character. Tucked into one of the world’s most famous harbors, Sydney is surrounded by clear blue waters and golden sand beaches. 

Students in our English courses in Sydney benefit from a city where natural beauty and world-class culture are always on your doorstep. Eat lunch on the steps of the Sydney Opera House and watch sailboats pass into one of the world’s busiest harbors. Take surfing tips from locals at nearby Manly and Bondi beaches. Eat fresh seafood at a harbor-side café or nibble on noodles in the city’s Chinatown. Make time for a traditional Aboriginal dance and music performance at one of the city’s concert halls. On long weekends, choose between snorkeling trips along the Great Barrier Reef or star-gazing camping outings in the Outback.

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Program Highlights

  • Start any Monday, all year round
  • Study abroad from 2 to 52 weeks
  • Advance one language level every 6 weeks, guaranteed
  • Learn and explore with friends from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Recently renovated and modern school centrally-located in the heart of the city
  • Bright classrooms with latest teaching technology
  • Surf Camp weekends, whale and dolphin watching
  • Organized excursions to the Blue Mountains, Canberra, Taronga Zoo, etc.
  • 2-minute walk from the Circular Quay ferries heading to nearby islands
  • Located near the Sydney Opera House

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LEARN MORE, FASTER.

Guaranteed results. You’ll advance one level every six weeks – thanks to our innovative and personalized learning method that blends classroom lessons, interactive tools and cultural immersion.

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  • Intensive Course

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Online post-course
    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for
    Students wanting to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

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  • General Course

    A well-rounded program of language study.

    26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Beginner to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Online post-course
    3 months included for all General English courses.

    Ideal course for
    Students looking to gain a sound understanding of the essential disciplines of a language through a well-rounded course.

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  • English for Business Course

    Language Studies and focused Business English coursework

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date
    Every Monday

    Level
    Intermediate to Advanced

    Length
    2 to 52 weeks in select schools

    Online pre-course
    from enrollment

    Online post-course
    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for
    Students with the goal to quickly gain an advanced level of English while learning business skills.

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  • Cambridge Exams

    Cambridge Exam courses are ideal for students with a wide range of goals from university entrance or getting a job, to measuring their current language level.

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date

    Designated Mondays

    Level

    Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    10, 12, 13, 16, 20 or 24 weeks

    Online pre-course

    from enrollment

    Online post-course

    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for

    Students with a wide range of goals from university entrance or getting a job, to measuring their current language level.

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  • Other English Exams

    Additional English Exam Preparation & Exams

    32 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start date

    Year-round, every second Monday

    Level

    Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    6, 8, 12, 16, 20 or 24 weeks

    Online pre-course

    from enrollment

    Online post-course

    6 months included for all Intensive English courses.

    Ideal course for

    Students planning North American university study, or preparing for an international career.

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  • EF Internship Program

    Combine a minimum of 8 weeks of language study with 8-9 weeks of practical experience. Available in most non-US destinations.)

    32/26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start Date

    Every Monday

    Level

    Upper Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    Minimum 8 week course with 50-100 internship hours

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  • EF Internship Plus Program

    Combine 12 weeks of language study with 12 weeks of practical experience. (Available in most non-US destinations.)

    32/26 Lessons / weekLearn more

    Start Date

    Every Monday

    Level

    Upper Intermediate to Advanced

    Length

    12 weeks of language studies and 12-week internship.

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AT HOME IN THE WORLD

Live like a local. Come home to an Australian family after a day of strolling along Sydney Harbor or live at EF’s residence in the Haymarket District.

  • EF Homestay

    Experience maximum cultural exchange by living with native speakers in a private home. Gain insight into local culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and return home with a more authentic accent. Enjoy breakfast and dinner with your host family on weekdays, and all meals on the weekend.

  • EF Residence

    Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

Sydney videos & photos

  • Sydney - Live the Language
  • Welcome to EF Sydney
  • Sydney Destination Video
  • EF Language Courses Abroad

Student Talk: Sydney

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  • “I had a fantastic teacher, who really wanted to improve my English skills. My class was also excellent – I've never come across so many different nationalities in one place working and having fun together.”

    Florian

  • “My English level was not advanced enough to work in an international company. With EF's intensive course, you learn how to prepare for interviews and write a resume.”

    Kevin

  • “Sydney is a wonderful city. There’re a ton of beautiful bars where you can go for a drink, spend time with friends and get a bowl of wedges.”

    Sebastiaan

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Student life in Sydney

Sydney blends beach culture with Australia’s most cosmopolitan atmosphere. And with 37 beaches and a dizzying array of art galleries, fashion houses, cultural sites and cafes, it’s no wonder this city continually finds itself ranked among the most livable on the planet. EF’s activities coordinators are onsite to introduce you to city that’s just as comfortable carrying a surfboard as it is a briefcase.

Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
Start by touring the international icons of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, both just steps from the EF school. Watch boats come into port from an open-air café on the Circular Quay, the city’s historic harbor. Surf the swells of Bondi Beach, the closest strip of golden sand to downtown. Take in the view from atop the soaring Sydney Tower and explore the Aboriginal collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get a glimpse of life in the Pacific Ocean at the Sydney Aquarium and pet a kangaroo at Taronga Zoo.
You’ll find high fashion boutiques on Castlereagh Steet in downtown and Australian designs in the boutiques of Paddington, a neighborhood filled with independent cafes and bookshops. For brand-name shopping in an old-world setting try the Queen Victoria Building whose 400 stores span several floors.
Take surfing lessons on the steady swells of Coogee beach. Spot wild dolphins on a tour of Syndey Harbour. Kayak around the picturesque shoreline of Sydney Harbour National Park and jog along the scenic Manly Walkway. Picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens which offers the city’s most fantastic views of the Opera House. And cheer on a local rugby team at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Immerse yourself in Australia’s best arts scene while in Melbourne. Scuba Dive around one of the world’s most spectacular underwater ecosystems at the Great Barrier Reef and hike your way through the majestic Blue Mountains.
Circular Quay and the Rocks district, just steps from EF Sydney, are lined with rowdy pubs, chic lounges and trendy wine bars. Head to Darling Harbour or King’s Cross for the city’s nightclub scene. For a more sophisticated night out, take in a performance by the Sydney Symphony at the Opera House.

Prices & Dates for Sidney

Personalized and flexible. Your course is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates every Monday and programs ranging from 2 to 52 weeks, you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

Included in the Price

Course
  • 20,26 or 32 English lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
  • EF Placement test and progress tracker
  • EF Course Certificate
  • Post course English level report
  • Online pre & post course
  • Access to My EF™ from enrollment
Accommodation
  • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
  • Weekends: all the meals
  • Twin room with homestay
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  • Digital learning media (tablet)
  • Academic material
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  • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
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