Foundation Year

IES Foundation Year

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IES College Campuses

Google Map of 433 Boundary St, Spring Hill, QLD

IES consists of two (2) campuses, 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. 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, prayer and music rooms. This campus is currently undergoing some renovations.

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 one of IES' corporate hubs, which is home to the General Manager, IES Accounts, Enrolments, Student Services and HR teams and IT Manager. The Second Floor consists of: 2 lecture theatres, numerous classrooms and study spaces, as well as a large presentation space and VBE rooms. It also includes the other IES corporate hub, which is home to the Managing Director and the IES Digital and Marketing teams.

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 careers.

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 assessments. 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, whom require further intervention strategies than what is provided in extra tutorials. These students are closely monitored and assisted, and their progress is recorded via Individual Study Plans.

IES Mates

IES Mates connects IES students with a resident crew of trained English language instructors. IES Mates helps students practice their speaking and listening skills, and allow them to gain insights into the differences between foundation year and university. This enables students to take full advantage of studying in Australia and in UQ.

Guidance with university placement

Our Student Counsellors will provide programs and career advice to assist students in making informed choices about their futures, and in selecting the most suitable undergraduate programs for their chosen career path.

24-hour contact

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

Supporting under 18s

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


At the commencement of each intake, a full orientation program will be provided with an induction to the program and to 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 your classmates and speak to staff members if you have any concerns regarding your subject choices.

Student lifestyle

Students at IES College have the opportunity to experience the Australian lifestyle, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. In the 2017 QS Best Student Cities index, Brisbane was ranked number as 20th in the world and 3rd in Australia. With one of the highest student ratios of any city in the index, our students enjoy both a multicultural and diverse educational experience and environment.

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, as students have opportunities to learn more about diverse cultures, as well as connect with people from their own cultures.

Being a contemporary city, Brisbane has a wide range of restaurants, cafes, entertainment and arts precincts available for students to enjoy. Recognised as a green and sustainable city, Brisbane has numerous parks and gardens available in the CBD and surrounding suburbs for students to study.

With its near perfect climate, Queensland is one of the most attractive places to live in Australia. As such, Queensland has attracted more than 50 per cent of international tourists from a diverse range of countries to Australia. Brisbane has more than 250 days of sunshine each year, along with some mild winters, and is home to some of Australia's best beaches located at both the north and south sides of the city.

As an IES College student, you will have access to a variety of Brisbane-based activities such as 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 holds a sub-tropical climate of warm humid summers and mild dry winters.

The city boasts a wide range of shopping locations, eateries, recreational activities, as well as art galleries and museums. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan city and is recognised for its popular venues, such as - the Queen Street Mall, The Valley and Chinatown precincts, South Bank, Roma Street Parklands, Eagle Street Pier and Riverside.

The Sunshine Coast (north) and Gold Coast (south) are far-famed for their beautiful golden beaches, and are definite go-to places for all beach lovers. Located outside the cosmopolitan centre within 60 minutes of the Brisbane city centre, both coasts are widely accessible via public or private transport.

The abundant parks, open spaces, bikes and walking tracks, world class entertainment/sport facilities and shopping centres are just a number of 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 Sydney and Melbourne, and it is more feasible for students to live in the Brisbane CBD. Transport, food, and entertainment have similar costs to cities such as Perth and Adelaide. Brisbane boasts a comfortable climate, and provides a diverse range of lifestyles for students to enjoy, even on a limited 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 lowered by staying in shared spaces with friends, and careful budget management.

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.

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Unplanned Expenses - $75


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

In Australia, international students who succeed in obtaining employment may work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester period, and full-time during vacations (for example over the three month break from 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 its surrounding areas, it is imperative for international students to familiarise themselves with local and Australian road rules to prevent accidents and injuries. For 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 of our enthusiastic IES College students, we have put together an educational Road Safety video for reference.

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