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Open Hearts Language Academy, Miami, USA

What we like about the school

  • Student residence right on site
  • Best rated school in Miami
  • Homestay accommodation very close to school
  • Excellent student nationality mix
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Open Hearts Language Academy

The language school Open Hearts Language Academy was founded in Miami, USA in 1998. OHLA is an award winning language school in the heart of Miami. Our school is centrally located in the most upscale area of the city. It offers a breathtaking view of the bay. Metro station, clubs, restaurants, cafes, museums are all found within walking distance. OHLA Miami has its own student residence right on campus, with 2 swimming pools, jacuzzis and a gym on-site.

The school address is: 825 Brickell Bay Drive. 18 Floor, 33131 - Miami (USA).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Accredited by The Commission on English Language Programs- CEA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Restaurant

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Gym

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in most classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

25

Number of public workstations:

50

Prices include

  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Free access to swimming pool
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 50-150 US$ per course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 385
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 240
  • Junior courses in summer: 650
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 120

Average age of students

  • in summer: 21 years
  • throughout the year: 25 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 8
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 8
  • Junior courses in summer: 5
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 5

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 12 years for specific Junior courses

Exams offered:

  • TOEFL

Average examination results:

82 to 90 at TOEFL.

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

9
2
3
9
11
5
8
4
2
3
4
3
1
3
10
1

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Miami International (MIA). It takes 20 minutes by taxi to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 08.Jan.2016, 18.Jan.2016, 15.Feb.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 01.Apr.2016, 30.May.2016, 24.Jun.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 19.Aug.2016, 05.Sep.2016, 11.Nov.2016, 24.Nov.2016, 25.Nov.2016, 26.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 02.Jan.2017, 06.Jan.2017, 16.Jan.2017, 20.Feb.2017, 31.Mar.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 29.May.2017, 23.Jun.2017, 04.Jul.2017, 18.Aug.2017, 04.Sep.2017, 13.Oct.2017, 23.Nov.2017, 24.Nov.2017, 25.Dec.2017, 26.Dec.2017

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Note: All courses offered by Open Hearts Language Academy, Miami can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 120.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 52 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: OHLA offers a Semi-Intensive, Intensive and Super-Intensive program. In addition to our basic curriculum, we offer a vast array of complementary courses that vary depending on the level of each individual student.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 590 885 1180 295
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The biggest advantage of the Open Hearts Residence is that you live right on campus. You just leave your apartment, take the elevator down to the lobby and then take another elevator up to the school.

If students select a shared room and they book alone, the school will allocate a same gender roommate for them – roommates might speak the same native language.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Triple room.
Distance from school:
3 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- 570 855 1140 285 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Due to the nature of the city many of our families are of Hispanic heritage. As such, students may encounter families that speak both English and Spanish.
Distance from school can vary from 60 to 75 minutes by public transport.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
60 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jun.2016 - 30.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- 420 630 840 210 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Due to the nature of the city many of our families are of Hispanic heritage. As such, students may encounter families that speak both English and Spanish.
If students select a shared room and they book alone, the school will allocate a same gender roommate for them – roommates might speak the same native language.
Distance from school can vary from 60 to 75 minutes by public transport.
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
48 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jun.2016 - 30.Sep.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 570 1140 1710 2280 570
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The studios have a fully equipped kitchen and an over-sized workspace with computer data port.
Includes: Free shuttle to school in the morning; television with premium cable channels; bi-weekly housekeeping; 24 hour security. High-speed Wireless Internet Access: $4.99 for entire stay.
Price extra night:
100 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 01.Oct.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 570 855 1140 285
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Studios with two beds, a fully equipped kitchen, an over-sized workspace with computer data port.
Includes: Free shuttle to school in the morning; television with premium cable channels; bi-weekly housekeeping; 24 hour security. High-speed Wireless Internet Access: $4.99 for entire stay.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 01.Oct.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 02.Jun.2017, 03.Sep.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 1180 1770 2360 590
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The biggest advantage of the Open Hearts Residence is that you live right on Campus. You just leave your apartment, take the elevator down to the lobby and then take another elevator up to the school.
Accommodation is offered in 2-bedroom apartments.
Half board option: 120 USD (includes dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure)
Price extra night:
100 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
2 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: on request
  • Optional airport transfer
    Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: for 100 US$ (one way); for 200 US$ (return trip)
    Miami International Airport: for 80 US$ (one way); for 150 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Dancing 5 km
Diving 5 km
Golf 5 km
Music 5 km
Sailing 5 km
Squash 5 km
Tennis 5 km
Volleyball 5 km
Windsurfing 5 km

Reviews

City
4.4/5.0 
Organisation
4.2/5.0 
Facilities
3.8/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
3.9/5.0 
Value for money
3.8/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
4.1/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.2/5.0 
Other
4.2/5.0 
Students liked about Open Hearts Language Academy, Miami
The courses are very interesting and not at all boring
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
people you meet there, it is a unique experience.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
3.0/5.0
The good atmosphere in the class
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Very good host family, was very well received.
The availability of thestaff
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: If you want to know more people is better to choose the residence, but if you want to know the city is better to choose other sort accommodation, so you will be more encouraged to visit the city!
The social activities
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Go in a group, it is cheaper

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