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English in Cardiff, Wales - Celtic English Academy

Programme Summary



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.

Celtic English Academy School

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:

Activities and events during your stay

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:


English language courses: the basics



Host Family (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:

Lumis Student Living residence (ages 18+)


Equipment/services available:

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

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.

Prices 2019

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Prices do not include:

Practical Information


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.

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.


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