London

Who hasn’t dreamt of learning English in London? England’s capital city is one of the world’s top destinations with a huge presence in every field you could think of, from politics to education, finance, fashion, art, music… Let’s just say it isn’t hard to get swept up by London’s energy and bustling city life.

This multicultural metropolis has something for everyone. History addicts adore the renowned landmarks that attract thousands of tourists every year, like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square & the Tower of London. For those who love art, many of London’s museums have free entry such as the National Gallery and the architecturally beautiful British Museum.

If shopping is more up your street, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden will have everything you’re looking for and more. Music & musical and theatre aficionados are spoilt for choice thanks to the huge range of concerts, shows and plays happening every day of the week across the city. Step into the famous West End playhouses for incredible British theatre and a theatrical experience unlike any other.

Our partner school, EC Language Centres, is located in the heart of London, just a few minutes from King’s Cross, Euston Station, St Pancras International on foot as well as an array of shops and the city’s famous cultural landmarks. King’s Cross is a central transport hub in London, making getting around as easy as can be.

Accreditations: British Council, Private Further Education

School facilities include:

  • 26 bright classrooms
  • EC Cafe, with homemade meals and snacks
  • Movie screen in the lounge
  • IT suite
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Study room
  • Student lounge
  • 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 or 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!

English language courses: general information

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Average 12 students (maximum 14)
  • Schedule: morning/ afternoon lessons every other day
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the online EC platform 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: beginner to advanced

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

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 lessons per week

This programme combines 20 lessons of General English with 10 lessons focused on language study inspired by your destination, for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning. Students enrolled in this course visit a number of fascinating locations, from stunning museums and inspiring galleries to successful local businesses and charming neighbourhoods all over the city.

Themed lessons include:

  • Business English – Tours of Local Businesses
  • Describing Art & Culture – Museum Tours
  • Talk like a Local – Neighbourhood Visits
  • The Language of Sports – Stadium Visits

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 lessons per week

This programme consists of 20 lessons of General English combined with 10 lessons of Business English. You will learn to develop precise ideas with the right words, so that you can communicate effectively in an English-speaking business context.

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 techniques such as speaking on the phone or preparing for an interview are also covered.

Language level: lower intermediate to advanced


EC Teaching Methods

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 speakinggrammarvocabulary 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 Event
  • London Eye, Madame Tussaud’s
  • Museums
  • Musicals
  • Local restaurants
  • Trips outside of London

Accomodation places are located in so-called Zones A and B, which gives you the approximate distance from the school. These zones have nothing in common with the London Underground Zones.

  • Zone A: between 20 and 45 minutes travel time to EC by public transport
  • Zone B: between 45 and 60 minutes travel time to EC by public transport

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast (families in Zone A or B)

If you live with a host family in Zone B it will be in a shared room.

Optional extras:

  • Half board
  • Private bathroom (only for families in Zone A)

Practical information:

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

Residence accommodation allows you to mix with young people of different nationalities, but also with British people.

Features:

  • Single studio
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Travel time to school: 15 minutes on foot
  • Location: cultural heart of King’s Cross
  • Deposit to be payed on arrival

Services available:

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioned building
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Shared kitchen
  • Study room
  • Games room
  • Multimedia room & lounge
  • Fitness center
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Lift

Common areas and rooms are cleaned once a week. The rest of the time, you are responsible for cleaning your own room.

Residence accommodation allows you to mix with students of different nationalities, but also with British people.

Features:

  • Single room or studio
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private kitchenette (for studio)
  • Travel time to school: 30 minutes by London Underground
  • Location: in Zone 1 on the East side of London in a lively area
  • Deposit to be payed on arrival

Services available:

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Wi-Fi access and TV in every room
  • Air conditioned building
  • Shared kitchen
  • Multimedia room & lounge
  • Study room
  • Music and soundproof rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Organised cultural and sports event

Common areas and rooms are cleaned once a week. The rest of the time, you are responsible for cleaning your own room.

Travel

Arrival day: Saturday
Departure day: Saturday

  • Arrival airports/train stations:
  • Eurostar: St. Pancras International
  • London Airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

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

Visa Information

Brexit : no visa will be required 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 2021 – 2022

Dates 2021

Course start dates

Most courses start every Monday year-round (apart from the exceptions indicated below). If the Monday is a holiday, lessons start on Tuesdays.

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

Business English session start dates : Every Monday for a duration of up to 10 weeks.

Prices 2021

WPCS 42.0.1
Courses - Homestay, zone B, single room, breakfast 
Duration20L30L
1 week 735 830
2 weeks 1.365 1.550
3 weeks 2.005 2.280
4 weeks 2.635 3.005
6 weeks 3.905 4.460
8 weeks 5.170 5.915
12 weeks 7.185 8.225
16 weeks 9.550 10.935
18 weeks 10.730 12.290
20 weeks 11.910 13.645
24 weeks 13.385 15.015
32 weeks 17.815 19.990
36 weeks 20.025 22.475
Additional week 655 595
Exam preparation courses - Homestay, zone B, single room, breakfast
DurationCambridge 20LCambridge 30LIELTS
4 weeks - - 3.055
8 weeks 5.270 6.010 6.010
9 weeks 5.945 6.780 -
10 weeks 6.555 7.485 -
12 weeks 7.330 8.370 -
Accommodation supplements (per week)
Host family, zone B, single room, half board 35
Family, zone A, ch. ind., breakfast 35
Family, zone A, ch. ind., half board 75
Family, zone A, ch. ind., private bathroom, breakfast 110
Res. Scape Wembley, ch. ind., without meals 105
Res. Liberty Plaza, ch. individual, no meal 215
High season supplement course (15/06 - 11/09) (per week)
From 1 to 12 week (s) only 20
High season accommodation supplements (13/06 - 12/09) (per week)
Host family, zone B, single room, breakfast 50
Host family, zone B, single room, half board 55
Family, zone A, ch. ind., breakfast 55
Family, zone A, ch. ind., half board 60
Family, zone A, ch. ind., private bathroom, breakfast 55
Res. Scape Wembley, ch. ind., without meals 10
Res. Liberty Plaza, ch. ind., without meals 50
Transfers - Price per way
London St Pancras / London City 105
Heathrow 160
Gatwick 185
Stansted 185
Luton 185

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Accommodation in host family (Zone B)
  • Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast
  • Half board
  • 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 London
  • Airport transfers
  • Add-ons
  • Meals (when staying in residence)
  • Transportation in and around London
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance