Who comes to 'ELC' and why?

Our students and mature people of all ages come from all over the world – we frequently have more than 15 different nationalities studying with us. Students study for pleasure and progress in English and to prepare for examinations in general and business English for entry into higher education in England such as Private Independent Schools, colleges, Universities, Defence Forces, Police Forces, Fire services and Companies.

How long are the courses?

‘ELC’ offers year round courses from 2 to 36 weeks. We have a continuous entry system so that after entrance testing, students can start on any day with the group of their English level.

What is the minimum age for attending your courses?

We accept students from 16 years old although the majority of students are over 18.

Where can I find your dates and fees?

You will find the dates and fees information for a particular course on the course information page on our website. For a complete overview of our courses, please have a look at the courses section on our website.

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If I cannot study for 15 or 25 hours per week, what can I do?

Students who are unable to attend everyday may join classes for two or more sessions per week, mornings or afternoons or both, from September to June. This flexible concession is payable 10 classes in advance. If you can not attend classes any week, having paid then e-mail ‘ELC’ by 9:30am and we shall give you a ‘time credit’ so you do not lose your time nor money- this is very fair.

Does 'ELC' have Entrance Testing?

Yes. All students take an entrance test of between 2 – 2.5 hours duration on the first day of the course to determine their level of ability in English. They then join the group appropriate to their level.

Does 'ELC' offer Certificates and Reports?

Yes. At the end of the course all students will be given a graded certificate of attendance and progress (2 weeks study minimum). On request a detailed report can be sent every month to parents or sponsoring organisations – click for a sample.

Does 'ELC' London Street assist with Visa Applications?

Students who need a visa for entry into Britain will be sent a Short Term  Study  visa letter on payment  of the fees for the length of their course for up to 6 or 11 months.  Fees will be refunded if a visa is not granted – see  Terms and Conditions.

Can I extend my visa if I want to stay longer?

Short Term Study visas cannot  be extended in the UK under UKVI rules.

Can I work part time while I am studying?

Under UKVI  rules you are not allowed to work part time if you are a non-EEA / EU student on a Short Term Study  visa.

Do I have to make full payment before the course starts?

Yes, all students requiring a UK visa must pay school fees (host family, airport transfers and DHL services if applicable) in full, in advance for the period booked.

How should I make payment?

Payment may be made online by bank transfer, by bank cheque drawn on a UK branch bank, Western Union, MoneyGram or cash in the office.

How much will my accommodation cost?

Room , breakfast and dinner ( minimum stay 2 weeks ) – £25 per night.

NB: Homestay students must study an Intensive course 25 hours per week

Click section ‘Accommodation

How far is the 'host family' from 'ELC'?

‘ELC’ has personally selected and inspected all host families. A few families are within walking distance of the school. Others may be up to 20 minutes bus ride from the school.

Can I stay in my accommodation for longer than the course?

Not normally as accommodation is arranged for those students studying at our school. In exceptional cases special arrangements may be made.

What can I expect from my host family?

* A welcoming environment to ensure your welfare is always considered and awareness of cultural differences and customs.
* A clean and tidy bedroom with wardrobe, small table and chair for studying.
* Breakfast and evening meal.
* At least one shower or bath per day.
* At least one laundry service per week.
* Door key on request.

What does the family expect from me?

1) A call or email from you a few days before you come to confirm your arrival time.
2) Respect for the family home and house rules – no phone calls in the house after 10 pm except for emergencies – no visitors in the house without permission from the hosts – keep your bedroom tidy and leave the bathroom dry and clean.
3) Call the family if you are going to be home late for dinner or late in the evening. No self-catering (cooking) unless agreed by the host landlady – the kitchen is her special & private area!.

How much does 'ELC' charge for Airport Transfers door to door?

London Heathrow £75.00 – Gatwick £90.00 – Luton £90.00

Should I arrange insurance?

We strongly advise you to arrange insurance before you leave home.


Thank you ‘ELC’ for the period I spent with you. It was one of the best experience of my life. I would like to greet Mr McBurney and fantastic teachers when I return to Reading.

Alessandro, Italy 5th March 2015

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