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IH Melbourne to open its doors in October

The second-largest city in Australia is getting its own International House language centre, the fifth in the country.

Melbourne is the second most popular city for international students in Australia. Photo: DroneUAVWorld/Pixabay

The long-term plans see Eckenfels expanding further into Australia

IH Melbourne will open its doors on October 1, led by the same team behind the IH centres in Sydney city, Bondi and Darwin, and in partnership with the Australian Learning Group.

“Our agent partners have been asking us to open in Melbourne”

“Melbourne is the second most popular destination in Australia for international students,” Tim Eckenfels, executive director of IH Sydney, Bondi, and Darwin told The PIE News.

“For the past 3 years, many of our agent partners have been asking us to open in Melbourne.”

The school will offer General English, IELTS and Cambridge test preparation and speaking and pronunciation courses from the start.

The centre will also host programs provided by the IH Business College from November 5, running courses in Project Management, Business, Marketing & Communications, and Leadership & Management.

The school, located in Melbourne’s central business district, has capacity for over 350 students and Eckenfels anticipates interest will be high.

“The response from agents following the announcement of IH Melbourne / IH BC Melbourne has been impressive. Applications began arriving within one week of the announcement,” he said.

“Based on current enrolments and from our experience opening IH Bondi and IH Darwin, we anticipate opening on October 1st with 40-plus English students, and continue to grow rapidly.”

Eckenfels purchased IH Sydney in 2012. Part of the opportunity of the purchase, he said, was to expand throughout Australia.

In January 2017 IH Bondi opened, in Sydney’s popular beachside neighbourhood, followed by IH Darwin in January 2018.

The long-term plans will see Eckenfels and his team expanding further within Australia, while keeping an eye on opportunities in Asia.

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