FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to buy a text book?
The required learning material for participation is included in the course costs. The text book may be bought at small charge out for a deposit. The only exception is with the “Cambridge Course”; here you must buy the relevant text book. We also advise you to bring your own reference material (i.e. dictionary and possibly grammar book). Furthermore you must bring your own stationery (note books, pens, etc.)

When is the latest I can book?
The earlier the booking, the more convenient it is for us, particularly if you are booking accommodation too. However we will still accept your booking even with last minute registrations, as long as there are still places on the course in question and there is accommodation left.

How old are the language students?
Most language students are between 18 and 40 years old. The statistically average student is early/late 20s, although there are many who are older. Between July and August there are around 8% of participants between 16 and 19 years old. The statistically typical Executive and Business participants are between 30 and 50 years old.

Is there “homework” during the course?
There is homework set in every course. Estimate that around 30-45 minutes per day you will be busy solving and working on homework.

What qualifications do the teachers have?
All teachers have qualifications and a recognised certificate that proves them certified to teach English non-native speakers. Furthermore the majority of our teaching faculty had at least 2 years working experience before their employment with us. Some teachers also have additional qualifications which prove that they can teach special topic areas (e.g. business English). Furthermore we have internal advanced training measures and development seminars for our teachers to further expand their abilities.

Can I extend my course or change?
If there are places on courses you can extend them without any issue. It is also no problem raise the course. Generally however it isn’t possible to end a course early or change to a less intense course. For more information please read our terms and conditions.

Can I open an account in Great Britain?
It has become extremely difficult for foreign students and (language-) pupils who are only in Great Britain for a short amount of time (shorter than a year) to open a bank account. The de facto is that it is not possible to open an account if you are staying in the country less than 6 months. Usually British banks ask for proof of a course that is at least 1 year long. Furthermore you should bear in mind that the bank where you wish to open an account will ask for proof that you have held an account in your home country for at least three months (mostly statements are requested). It can be helpful to make contact with your bank at home before you start your journey and ask for special offers.

Can I read my emails and surf the internet?
The school offers all our participants free internet access.