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English in Liverpool - LILA

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16 and up
  • From 1 week
  • General English courses (Standard & Intensive)
  • Preparation for Cambridge and IELTS exams
  • Homestay or Residence accommodation
  • Average class size: 10 (15 during summer months)


Language programme in Liverpool

Everyone knows that Liverpool is the home of The Beatles, but it's actually got much more to it: After London, Liverpool boasts the most theatres, museums, and art galleries than any other city in England. The city also has a uniquely diverse history: Liverpool's black population dates back to the early 18th century, since slaves entering the country after 1722 were deemed free. Liverpool's Chinatown was the first in Europe, and today its gateway is the biggest outside of China.

For football fans, the name "Liverpool" cannot even be uttered without mentioning two of its principal clubs, Everton and Liverpool, who play before hyped-up fans across Britain and Europe. And of course music buffs will delight in all the musical history that has left its traces around the city.

Student life is also a key component of Liverpool. Restaurants, bars, clubs - Liverpool has a nationally renown night life. One thing's for certain: there will certainly be enough things to do outside of class.

LILA-Love to Learn School of English

Our partner school, LILA, is situated in the centre of town on the doorstep of Liverpool One. It has earned British Council accreditation and has "English UK" and "Quality English" labels, only awarded to the best language schools in the UK.

Located in a very modern building, classrooms are Liverpool-themed and has on display impressive works of art. Students can take a stroll down memory lane with all the old photographs of Liverpool throughout the ages. The school also offers an IT suite, common room, study lounge, prayer room, library, and WiFi throughout the building.

Cultural and leisure activities

LILA organizes a full activity program for its students: a tour of the town, visits to Liverpool's main tourist sites, a night out the pub, a trip on a boat, a day spent in York. There is also an English Club that meets once a week. Students can sign up for activities at the school, and it is possible that there may be a fee for certain activities.


English lessons : general information

All levels are accepted, and tests are given throughout the program to evaluate student progress.

Classes are capped at 15 students maximum during the summer months, and during the rest of there year there are usually between 4 and 10 students per class. Lessons are each 1 hour long.

Course options

  • General English Programmes

Allow students to improve English every day. While course content varies according to level, each lesson covers grammar, speaking and pronunciation, and writing and listening. There are two levels of intensity:

  • Standard Programme: 20 lessons per week
    Lessons take place every day from Monday - Friday from 9am - 12:15pm or from 2:15pm - 5:30pm depending on your level.

  • Intensive Programme: 28 lessons per week
    Lessons take place every day Monday - Friday from 9am - 2:00pm or 12.45pm to 5.45pm, depending on your level.

  • Exam Preparation

    • Cambridge (FCE & CAE) exam preparation This programme includes 20 lessons per week focused on exam preparation. The lessons look at the different aspects of the exam: writing, speaking, reading and listening.

    • IELTS: Standard English Programme (20 lessons) + 8 IELTS lessons per week.
      Intermediate level required. Classes cover specific material preparing students for the IELTS (International Language Testing System) exam, a requirement for entry into most British universities (as well as many in the USA, Australia, and other English-speaking countries).


Homestay (from 16+)

Staying with a host family is the best way to fully delve into the English language and culture. We take enormous care in selecting the best host family for the student and all of our families are carefully screened. Students are encouraged to spend time with their families in order to make the most out of their stay in the country.

Families are situated a maximum of 45 minutes on foot from the school. Students stay in single rooms with a shared bathroom. Half board and bedding is provided, but students should bring their own towels.

Student residence (from 18+ year round - from 16+ summer only)

During the summer months we offer accommodation in a student residence, in a single suite-style room. Students share a common room with a TV, fully equipped kitchen, and a laundry room (3£ per machine) with other international students. WiFi is available throughout. Meals are not provided. The residence is about a 15 minutes walk from the school. Towels are not provided.

Studio apartment (from 18+)

For students who would like a bit more independence than in a homestay, we offer accommodation in an apartment shared with other students. Students can choose between single or double rooms (for pairs travelling together), and share a kitchen and bathrooms with the flatmates. Communal areas are cleaned once a week. A WiFi connection is available. Towels are not provided.

Apartments are located in student areas, and near shops, restaurants, and bars, and are on average 20 minutes from the school (up to 45 minutes away).

Prices & Dates 2018

Dates 2018

Most lessons begin every Monday year round, unless otherwise indicated as follow. In case Monday is a bank holiday, the session starts on Tuesday.

Bank holidays: January 01, March 30, April 02, May 07 & 28, August 27, December 25 & 26 2018. No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be refunded.

Cambridge exams preparation dates : you can start every Monday, year round, but we advise you to start 4, 8 or 12 weeks before in order to take the exam directly on site.

Programme prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included, lessons and accommodation as described.

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Lessons & Residence/ Apartment accommodation, Single room, self catering
Duration20 lessons28 lessonsIELTS 28 LFCE/CAE 20 L
1 week480 £505 £525 £495 £
2 weeks800 £850 £890 £825 £
3 weeks1,110 £1,185 £1,245 £1,145 £
4 weeks1,395 £1,495 £1,575 £1,440 £
6 weeks2,000 £2,150 £2,270 £2,065 £
8 weeks2,625 £2,825 £2,985 £2,710 £
12 weeks3,805 £4,105 £4,345 £3,930 £
16 weeks5,035 £5,435 £5,755 £5,200 £
18 weeks5,650 £6,100 £6,460 £5,835 £
20 weeks6,160 £6,660 £7,060 £6,365 £
24 weeks7,370 £7,970 £8,450 £7,615 £
32 weeks9,785 £10,585 £11,225 £10,110 £
36 weeks10,995 £11,895 £12,615 £11,360 £
Extra week305 £330 £350 £315 £
Lessons & Homestay accommodation, Single room, half-board (full board on week-ends)
Duration20 lessons28 lessonsELTS 28 LFCE/CAE 20 L
1 week510 £535 £555 £825 £
2 weeks860 £910 £950 £885 £
3 weeks1,200 £1,275 £1,335 £1,235 £
4 weeks1,515 £1,615 £1,695 £1,560 £
6 weeks2,180 £2,330 £2,450 £2,245 £
8 weeks2,865 £3,065 £3,225 £2,950 £
12 weeks4,165 £4,465 £4,705 £4,290 £
16 weeks5,515 £5,915 £6,235 £5,680 £
18 weeks6,190 £6,640 £7,000 £6,375 £
20 weeks6,790 £7,260 £7,660 £6,965 £
24 weeks8,090 £8,690 £9,170 £8,335 £
32 weeks10,745 £11,545 £12,185 £11,070 £
36 weeks12,075 £12,975 £13,695 £12,440 £
Extra week335 £360 £380 £345 £
Extra fees
Accommodation fee for less than 2 weeks stay, per week30 £
Accommodation - late arrival (23:00 to 7:00)50 £
Homestay - full board, per week20 £
Homestay - Extral night40 £
Special diet (Halal, vegetarian...), per week20 £
Transfers - per journey
Liverpool airport40 £
Manchester airport85 £
Late journey (between midnight and 6 am)20 £

Prices include:

  • Chosen course and accommodation options
  • Homestay accommodation (half-board during the week/full board on week-ends) or in residence/apartment (self catering)
  • Course materials
  • All school administration and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and around Liverpool (local transport)
  • Arrival/departure airport transfers
  • Optional extras
  • All meals if residence/apartment accommodation
  • Refundable security deposit (to be paid on site)
  • Exams registration fees (Cambridge, IELTS, etc.)
  • Optional insurances
  • Visa fees (if any)

Practical Info


Arrival day : Sunday

Departure day : Saturday

Arrival airports or train stations :

  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL): 20 minutes by train
  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 45 minutes by train
  • London : 2h15 by train
  • Glasgow : 3h30 by train
  • Edinburgh : 3h45 by train
  • Airport pick up and transfer possible at extra charge & upon request (see Dates & Prices tab.)

Important note : Please don't book your travel tickets until we have not yet confirmed your booking on this programme (about 4 days after you have made your payment).

VISA Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

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