The BBELS school building
Thinking of studying English in Australia?
Here are 20 things that show why BBELS in Byron Bay is a great study destination for you!
- Location – BBELS is in the CBD – heart of Byron Bay
It will only take you a few seconds to be on Jonson Street, Byron Bay’s main street with plenty of trendy cafes, restaurants, and shops. And only a few minutes to be at some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. We have it all just around the corner!
- Class hours
We offer 22.5 hours of face-to-face tuition with highly-qualified teachers. All of them are native speakers, and have been working at BBELS for many years.
- BBELS Job Club
Brian, our Job Club Manager, can help you find a job in Byron Bay. During his Job Club workshop he will also show you how to create a CV in English, apply for your TFN, and set up an Australian bank account.
- Owned by a long-term local family- BBELS is a beautiful and charming boutique school
If you are looking for a school with a laid-back atmosphere which is also very professional, then BBELS is the ideal place for you!
- BBELS has 2 dedicated people to activities and travel desk
Max, our activities coordinator, organizes activities for our students each and every day. Whether you’d like to combine your English course with surfing, yoga, or some music lessons, you will surely have a ball in Byron Bay!
Reuben, our travel advisor, can help you with the booking of some Aussie tours including accommodation and flights. This way, you will have the chance to explore the rest of this amazing country just before you head back home.
- BBELS offers a supervised school party evening every 2 weeks at the school
The school parties on the BBELS balcony are legendary! The students easily make friends at these functions, and enjoy the evening with some live music.
- BBELS offers Buddy BBQs every 3 months
Each student joins the FREE barbeque with another BBELS student from a different country.
Our English only policy is a must during this fun event, and you will enjoy meeting people from all over the world.
- BBELS has its own licensed café- Café Oska
We have a school party on the balcony every second Friday, and a Buddy Barbeque every 3 months.
What happens when we don’t have the school parties? Then the fun goes on at Cafe Oska!
Besides special live-music events during the weekends, Cafe Oska offers some delicious breakfast and lunch specials with a great student discount. And yes, there is also a happy hour from 3pm until 5pm.
- BBELS has multi-lingual staff to assist low level students (we speak Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean at the school)
We understand that our students might struggle with the language barrier during their first weeks in Australia. That’s why we are here! The team at BBELS is fluent in many languages, and we can assist you with anything you might need to know in your mother tongue.
- BBELS building is solar powered
Because here in Byron Bay, we like to protect our environment!
- BBELS is an IALC school
We have all the accreditations that Australian language schools require, but one accreditation is a bit special. IALC consists of a network of language schools world-wide that „have individual character and a real connection with their local community. All IALC language schools are quality assured and boutique, providing guaranteed professionalism, personal attention and an exceptional learning experience.“
For further information about IALC, please check their website here.
One of our Cambridge classes on graduation day
- BBELS is an authorized Cambridge exam centre in Byron Bay
This means you can sit your Cambridge exam at BBELS, there is no need to travel to any other testing centre up the Coast.
- Excellent Cambridge exam preparation courses
Cambridge teacher Ash has been working at BBELS for 11 years, read an interview with him here.
Cambridge coordinator Kat has been working at BBELS for 8 years, read an interview with her here.
If you are still wondering why you should study Cambridge at BBELS, then read this interesting article here.
- Excellent IELTS exam preparation courses
IELTS teacher Liese is also an IELTS examiner, and has been working at BBELS for 9 years. Read her interview here.
Are you not quite sure what the differences between our IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation courses are? We explain this here.
- Own student housing close to school
We also have our own shared-accommodation for our students. All student houses are close to the school, so you can simply walk or ride by bike to BBELS!
- Lovely homestay family accommodation
Many BBELS students also choose to live with an Australian homestay family in Byron Bay. This is the perfect way to practice your English with some locals after classes while getting to know the Aussie culture.
Satomi, one our Japanese studenst, volutnerring in the Northern Territory
- Own volunteering programs
As a volunteer you won’t only make a positive impact, but you’ll also have the chance to meet the locals, improve your English language skills and boost your CV!
Read an interesting article about the benefits of volunteering here.
- Academic Pathways with Southern Cross University and TAFE NSW
After successfully completing their English studies at BBELS, many students decide to continue studying at an Australian university or TAFE. BBELS offers an Academic Pathway with the Southern Cross University and TAFE NSW, which means you won’t need to sit an IELTS* exam. As long as you enrol for a General English upper-intemediate/ advanced or IELTS exam preparation course and you pass the English test with our Director of Studies, we can give you a reference letter confirming the direct entry to SCU or TAFE NSW.
*Direct entry is not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing and Interpreting Services. Direct entry might also depend on the assessment level of the student visa application.
- Teen programs during Aussie winter months
We understand that teenagers would also like to experience the fun at BBELS, and have therefore created a customized teen program which includes a General English course in combination with some typical Aussie activities like surfing, playing the didgeridoo, bush walking, and a lot more.
- Great nationality mix
Students from all around the world come to share the same experience at BBELS:
Study English and have fun with some typical Australian activities in beautiful Byron Bay!
According to the BBELS motto: Learn to Live!