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 fo the most peacfeul urban areas in the UK. You'll also find a number of architecturally beautiful castles and museums located across the city, which is an excellent way to learn about Welsh culture and get a feel for the country and its inhabitants. Lose yourself in the 'fairytale castle' (Castell Coch) and immerse yourself in the rich history this country proudly boasts of. Cardiff has also been nominated 'European Capital of Sport' twice and hosted the Champions League final in 2017.
Welsh is also one of the country's official languages alongside English - so don't be surprised when you see bilingual signs or adverts. It's a fascinating language, as it includes words such as 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch' (the name of a town in North Wales) which is the longest word in the entire English language! Try saying that ten times in a row.
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:
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:
Standard course: 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
Intensive course: 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
Super intensive course: 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)
Business English course
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
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.
Session start dates: Our partner school recommends that you start on the 07/01, 18/02, 01/04, 13/05, 01/07, 19/08, 30/09, 11/11. However, students can start a course every Monday of the year. If Monday falls on a holiday, classes will start on the Tuesday.
Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 19/04, 22/04, 06/05, 27/05, 26/08, 21/12/2019 to 05/01/2020 included.
Includes all taxes and enrolment fees, course and accommodation as describedApply
|Course & accommodation in a host family, half board or residence accommodation, no meals included|
|Duration||20L PM||20L AM||28L PM||28L AM||40L|
|1 week||415 £||505 £||465 £||555 £||605 £|
|2 weeks||700 £||880 £||800 £||980 £||1,080 £|
|3 weeks||985 £||1,255 £||1,135 £||1,405 £||1,555 £|
|4 weeks||1,220 £||1,580 £||1,420 £||1,780 £||1,980 £|
|6 weeks||1,750 £||2,090 £||2,050 £||2,560 £||2,860 £|
|8 weeks||2,300 £||2,980 £||2,700 £||3,380 £||3,780 £|
|12 weeks||3,400 £||4,360 £||3,995 £||4,960 £||5,560 £|
|16 weeks||4,495 £||5,290 £||5,300 £||6,500 £||7,300 £|
|18 weeks||5,050 £||6,400 £||5,950 £||7,300 £||8,200 £|
|20 weeks||5,600 £||7,100 £||6,600 £||8,100 £||9,100 £|
|24 weeks||6,695 £||8,380 £||7,900 £||9,580 £||10,780 £|
|32 weeks||8,900 £||10,200 £||10,500 £||12,580 £||14,020 £|
|36 weeks||9,995 £||11,980 £||11,800 £||13,780 £||15,580 £|
|Extra week||275 £||330 £||325 £||380 £||430 £|
|Optional extras - Per week|
|Private lesson (1 hour)||60 £|
|IELTS, Cambridge, Business (28L)||30 £|
|Peak season (30/06 - 29/09/2019)||25 £|
|Host family - Full board (-18)||15 £|
|Host family - Extra night (per night)||25 £|
|Host family - Special diet (Halal, gluten-free, etc)||15 £|
|Host family - Superior room||15 £|
|Extras to pay on site|
|Residence - non refundable deposit||100 £|
|Cardiff||40 £||75 £|
|Bristol||90 £||175 £|
|Heathrow||185 £||360 £|
|Gatwick||220 £||430 £|
|Stansted||250 £||490 £|
|A £25-extra will apply in case of extended wait (2h after landing)|
Prices do not include:
Arrivals: Sunday (After 15:00 in residence accommodation)
Departures: Sunday (Before 10:00 in residence accommodation)
Arrival airports/railway stations:
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.
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.
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