Brighton has long been referred to as “London-by-the-Sea” as it is a vibrant, colourful city with tons to do, see, eat, and drink. One of England’s most cosmopolitan cities, Brighton brings you all the fun of London with the added perk of beaches voted World’s Top 10 and beautiful natural surroundings. Brighton’s excellent quality of life is one of the many reasons so many Londoners choose to settle there.

Since Victorian times, Brighton has attracted holidaymakers and students alike, and the 21st century is no different. With over 15,000 students in the city, you can’t fail to be swept up in the energy of the town. And as it’s only an hour away by train, getting to London – and all major London airports – is a breeze.

Our partner school, EC, is located in the heart of Brighton, just a short walk from Brighton Pier, the beach, and the Lanes, with chic vintage boutiques as well as restaurants, cafes and bars galore. The Royal Pavilion is just five minutes away. EC Brighton is a big, modern school with excellent facilities.

EC is accredited by the British Council and Private Further Education.

School facilities include:

  • 31 air-conditioned classrooms
  • 2 IT suites with 30 computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Study room
  • A student lounge on each floor (4 in total)
  • ‘Executive Lounge’ for English for Work students
  • Disabled access

VIP Service – The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online platform of EC to prepare for your stay
    • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport of station
    • A warm welcome in the residence or in your host family
    • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
    • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
    • A presentation of all members of the EC team

Now you’re ready to learn!

Language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Average 13 students (maximum 15)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons every other day
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the EC e-learning site up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English speakers

20 lessons per week

4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Language level: all levels

30 lessons per week

The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

  • Write Now
  • Media Studies
  • The Language of Music
  • Film Studies
  • Global Citizenship
  • Comparative Culture & Communication
  • Basic English Writing
  • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
  • Get Talking
  • And many more!

Language level: all levels

30 lessons per week

EC’s English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

Business Skills:

  • Expressing personal opinions
  • Making suggestions
  • Presenting case studies
  • Problem solving

Business Focus – 10 tailored lessons :

  • Negotiating contracts
  • Management and HR
  • Branding and promotional strategies
  • Project management
  • Business ethics and CSR

Specific business techniques such as business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

Language level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced

  • Cambridge ESOL: 30 lessons per week
    Session length: 10 weeks, available on specific dates only (please see “Prices and Dates”). Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them. Language level:
    • FCE: Intermediate
    • CAE: Pre Advanced
  • IELTS Exam Preparation: 20 lessons per week
    Session length: 4, 8 or 12 weeks If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the IELTS exam is the first step to success. EC teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence. Language Level : Intermediate

EC follows a ‘Communicative Method’ syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions – the best way to improve your fluency – you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC’s teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students – so you’ll feel at home while your English improves!

As an EC student, you will be able to enjoy a diverse range of social and leisurely activities every week, in the afternoons or evenings. You are very welcome to participate in these activities, although they are not mandatory. Many of these activities are free of charge, but some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without and differ depending on the season.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome tour
  • Welcome drink
  • Pub outings
  • Brighton culture and arts outings
  • Yoga classes
  • Theatre trips to London
  • Excursions

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast.

Travel time to EC: 30-45 minutes on public transport

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Optional extra:

  • Half board

Residence accommodation is a great option for students looking for a bit more freedom and also a great way to meet other EC students from all over the world.


  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • No meals included
  • 2-3 minutes’ travel time to EC on foot
  • Located near busy the beach, the city center and EC school
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded at the end of your stay by EC provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Bed linen and towels provided on arrival
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Fully equipped shared kitchen
  • Free WiFi access
  • Living room
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Residence accommodation is a great way to meet other international students as well as the locals.


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Travel time to EC: 15 minutes on foot
  • Located 15 minutes from the city centre, bars, restaurants, shops and clubs on foot
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded by EC at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Shared kitchen
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Free WiFi access
  • 24hr security
  • Common room with TV
  • Access to the Mitry House cafe (snacks, hot and cold drinks)
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas


Arrivals: Saturday **Departures: Saturday


  • Arrival airport: London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted)
  • Railway station: Kings Cross St Pancras International(Eurostar)

Airport transfer available upon request – fees apply, please see Dates & Prices tab

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

Brexit : no visa needed for EU-citizens until the 31/12/2020

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

Dates & Prices 2023

Dates 2021

Course start dates Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded.) : 01/01, 02/04, 05/04, 03/05, 31/05, 30/08, 27/12, 28/12.

English for Work start dates: every Monday for up to 10 weeks.

Exam Prep Course Dates:

FCE Courses:

  • 06/01 to 13/03 (10 weeks – exam on the 13/03)
  • 16/03 to 05/06 (12 weeks – exam on the 09/06)
  • 07/09 to 27/11 (12 weeks – exam on the 01/12)

CAE Courses:

  • 29/03 to 04/06 (10 weeks – exam on the 05/06)
  • 04/10 to 10/12 (10 weeks – exam on the 11/12)

(Exam dates are subject to change at the local centre’s discretion. For more information, visit the Cambridge exam website)

IELTS: every week, for 4, 8 or 12 weeks. Exam dates are posted on the IELTS website

Prices 2021

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.3
Course & homestay, single room, breakfast / student house, shared room, no meal
Duration20 lessons30 lessons/English in the City/Business English
1 week 740 840
2 weeks 1.340 1.545
3 weeks 1.795 2.265
4 weeks 2.350 2.980
6 weeks 3.470 4.420
8 weeks 4.085 5.780
12 weeks 6.725 7.600
16 weeks 8.935 10.095
18 weeks 10.035 11.345
20 weeks 11.140 12.595
24 weeks 12.035 13.925
32 weeks 16.010 18.530
36 weeks 18.000 20.835
extra week 505 580
Exam Cambridge preparation - Homestay, single room, breakfast
Duration30 lessons
10 weeks
12 weeks 25
Exam IELTS preparation - Homestay, single room, breakfast
Duration20 lessons
4 weeks 210
8 weeks#REF!
12 weeks 25
Homestay supplement (per week) 6.735
Homestay, half board
Comfort George Street Residence, single room, no meals 35
Superior Mitre House Res., single room, no meals 30
High Season Supplement (14/06 - 10/09) - Per week
1 to 12 week(s) only 145
High Season Supplement (13/06 - 12/09) (per week)
Homestay 220
Comfort George Street Residence 260
Superior Mitre House Residence 340
Transfers - Per journey 120
St Pancras

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay, half board
  • Shared room, shared bathroom
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome Event
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Brighton
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional extras
  • Midday meals
  • Transportation in and around Brighton
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, IELTS)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance