English Language course in Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and an excellent place to learn English just 2 hours from London by train. It has everything that one would expect from a capital city, but it is also one of the least expensive and safest places to live in the UK. Cardiff has a high student population meaning there is a young, vibrant population, and the standard of living is excellent.

Cardiff has had a number of huge developments in the last few years, such as the new Cardiff Bay area, located on the quays of the old port. The city centre, surrounding the Cardiff castle, Bute park and the mythic Millennium Stadium has no shortage of entertainment, which makes Cardiff one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.

With 330 parks & gardens in Cardiff alone, it’s not difficult to see why it has been claimed as one of the most peaceful urban areas in the UK. You’ll also find a number of architecturally beautiful castles and museums located across the city. Lose yourself in the ‘fairytale castle’ (Castell Coch) and immerse yourself in the rich history this country proudly boasts of.

Our partner school has three centres which are in the heart of the city, all known by the name of “Highbury House”. The centres have well-equipped, modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards, student lounges, computer rooms and self-study areas. They are a 5 minute walk from the centre.

Students will receive high-quality lessons led by experienced, native teachers. The staff are very welcoming and are always available to help students. They can, for example, help you with opening a bank account, organising an excursion and applying for a student card.

Accreditations: British Council, Independent Schools Inspectorate

Affiliated with: English UK, English UK Wales

School facilities include:

  • 21 classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • IT room
  • Library
  • Study hall
  • Lounge area
  • WiFi
  • Drinks machine

Language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Maximum number of students per class: 10
  • Timetable: classes are held in the morning and/or the afternoon
  • Placement test: first day of classes
  • Certificate of participation at the end of your stay
  • Weekly evaluation of your progress

20 English lessons per week

The standard English lessons take place every morning from 08:45 – 10:15 and from 10:30 – 12:00, or in the afternoon from 14:15 – 17:30. You will develop the four fundamental skills required to conquer any language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Language level: beginner to advanced

28 English lessons per week

In addition to the standard programme (in the morning or the afternoon), you will also take 8 lessons a week (from 12:30 – 14:00) focusing on language and culture.

Language level: beginner to advanced

40 English lessons per week

In addition to the standard programme (in the morning), you will have an extra 20 lessons from 14:15 – 17:30 per week.

Language level: beginner to advanced

Cambridge exam preparation course (FCE & CAE)

Duration: from 2 – 10 weeks

In addition to the standard programme (in the morning), you will have an extra 8 lessons specially tailored to Cambridge exam preparation between 12:30 – 14:00.

Language level required: intermediate (B1+ for the FCE and B2 for the CAE)

IELTS exam preparation course

Minimum duration: 1 week (12 weeks is the recommended session length)

In addition to the standard programme (in the morning), you will take an extra 8 lessons specially tailored to IELS exam preparation from 12:30 – 14:00.

Language level required: lower intermediate (B1)

Duration: between 2 – 4 weeks

In addition to the standard programme (in the morning), you will take an extra 8 lessons of Business English from 12:30 – 14:00.

You will learn to develop your Business English skills and familiarise yourself with the BULATS. Our partner school is a registered BULATS test centre.

Language level required: intermediate (B1+)

In addition to the courses mentioned above, you can also take private lessons to improve your language skills even further or if you’re looking to make rapid progress in a short space of time.

Lesson length: 1 hour

This option is subject to availability and cannot be taken during the months of July & August

The school organises sports and cultural activities during the afternoons and evenings. You are more than welcome to participate in these activities, though they are not mandatory. These activities may be free or may require a fee. The variety and availability of the activities changes depending on the time of year.

Some of the many activities may include:

  • Guided visit of the city
  • Welcome activity
  • Picnic
  • Visit to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff (around £2)
  • Pub Quiz (around £2)
  • Cinema night (around £7)
  • Bowling (around £8)
  • Cocktail master class (around £25)
  • Full day excursion (between £20 and £40) to London, Oxford, Bath, the West of Wales

Homestay (Ages 16+)

Standard: Single room, half board or full board

Superior: Single room with a large bed, private bathroom, half board or full board

Distance from school: families usually live between 5 – 40 minutes away by public transport.

Practical information:

  • Full board is obligatory for students under 18 years old
  • WiFi is always guaranteed with the ‘Superior’ option, and the ‘Standard’ option has limited availability
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities available (the family will usually let you use their washing machine once a week).

Lumis Student Living residence (ages 18+)


  • Single room
  • Toilet and bathroom in each room
  • Self-catering
  • Distance from school: 16-minute walk
  • Location: in the centre of Cardiff, close to Cardiff Central station
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (please see ‘Dates & Prices’ tab for fees), reimbursable by the school if no evidence of damage has been found.

Equipment/services available:

  • Shared kitchen
  • Lounge area with a TV and a drinks machine
  • Laundry facility
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Bike shed
  • Gym
  • WiFi
  • 24 hour surveillance


Arrivals: Sunday (After 15:00 in residence accommodation)

Departures: Sunday (Before 10:00 in residence accommodation)

Arrival airports/railway stations:

  • Cardiff International Airport: 35 minutes (express bus)
  • Bristol International Airport: 2 hours (by train)
  • Heathrow Airport: 3 hours 15 minutes (express bus)

Transfers available on request (fees apply, please see ‘Dates & Prices’ tab).

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

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Visa Information

Brexit : no visa will be required for EU-citizens until the 31/12/2020.

Do you need a visa for this course? For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

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

Dates & Prices 2023

Dates 2020

Session starts: Our partner school recommends starting on 06/01, 17/02, 30/03, 18/05, 29/06, 17/08, 28/09, 09/11. Nevertheless, students can start every Monday throughout the year. In case Monday is a public holiday, the session starts on Tuesday.

Public holidays and vacations (no lessons will be given on these dates, nor will they be made up at a later date; no compensation will be granted): 01/01, 10/04, 13/04, 08/05, 25/05, 31/08, and from 19/12/2020 to 03/01/2021 inclusive.

Prices 2020

All taxes and registration fees included, course and accommodation as stated.

WPCS 42.0.3
Lessons and Homestay, single room, half board OR residence, no meals.
Duration20L Afternoon20L Morning28L Afternoon28L Morning40L
1 week 1.215 1.395 1.410
2 weeks 1.725 1.995 2.015
3 weeks 2.170 2.535 2.560
4 weeks 3.145 3.690 3.725
6 weeks 4.140 4.865 4.915
8 weeks 5.940 7.030 7.325
12 weeks 7.855 9.315 9.700
16 weeks 8.815 10.455 10.890
18 weeks 9.775 11.595 12.080
20 weeks 11.275 13.455 14.475
24 weeks 14.960 17.875 19.235
32 weeks 16.165 19.440 21.625
36 weeks 445 535 595
Additional week#REF!#REF!#REF!#REF!#REF!
Supplements per week
High season (05/31 - 09/27/2020) 20
Family - Full board supplement (-18) 40
With the family - Private bathroom 30
Family - Extra night (per night) 20
Family - Special diet (Halal, gluten-free, etc.)#REF!
Supplement to be provided on site
In residence - Non-refundable deposit#REF!
AirportA tripBack and forth
Cardiff 110
Bristol 225
London Heathrow 265
London Gatwick 305
* Beyond 45 minutes of waiting after additional landing. 15GPB per 30 minutes of additional wait.

Prices include:

  • Chosen course and accommodation options
  • Single room in your accommodation
  • Host family: half-board
  • Residence: standard accommodation, self-catering
  • Course materials
  • Welcome activity
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Journey to/from Cardiff
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in and around Cardiff
  • Deposit, if applicable (£100, to be paid on-site)
  • Exam fees, if applicable (Cambridge, IELTS, BULATS)