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English school in Canterbury: Concorde International

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

19/20 Arnett House, Hawks Lane - CT1 2NU Canterbury - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Top grades in the ISI inspection
  • Only 50 minutes by fast train to London
  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults
  • On campus accommodation offered
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.

Location: Concorde International is situated in the beautifully striking and historic city of Canterbury in the southeast of England. An independent, family-owned school with a difference, Concorde International is housed close to the Great Stour River and within walking distance of such UNESCO World Heritage sites as the Canterbury Cathedral, St Martin's Church and St Augustine's Abbey. The high street shopping of Whitefriars Shopping mall, many restaurants, cafés and supermarkets, are all close by, ensuring students have all they need to have a fantastic time in Canterbury, whilst reaching their language goals.

Ethos of school: With over 45 years of experience in supplying English language programmes to the highest standards, Concorde International pay keen attention to each student, ensuring both their language goals and learning experiences are met, with expectations exceeded.

Course selection: Course selection with the school is extensive, offering tuition to students of all levels, all year round. Programmes are available for Adults, Juniors and Families, with several courses incorporating local culture and activities. Exam preparation programmes are available for several exams (FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL, BEC), over various schedules, with Teacher Development, Business English and University Pathway programmes, also popular.

School facilities: Concorde International has excellent facilities, including everything a student may need to feel welcomed and integrated into a friendly and open learning environment. These facilities include a cafeteria, library, lounge area, movie room, free after-class access to language learning software, and a student support desk for any questions or queries that may arise. All classrooms are equipped with heating and have ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.
  • The language school Concorde International was founded in Canterbury, England UK in 1972.
  • Legal name / parent company: Concorde International LTD
  • Tax registration ID: 577/C718
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

English Courses

General Language
Junior
Online Courses
Work & Study
Business
Exam Preparation
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by Concorde International
Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
98.00 £
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 56 £. 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.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 03 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 02 Jun. 2022, 03 Jun. 2022, 29 Aug. 2022, 17 Dec. 2022 - 31 Dec. 2022.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
Note: All courses offered by Concorde International, Canterbury can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Videos & Photos

  • Concorde International - School Presentation1/22
  • Concorde International - General School Video2/22
  • Lesson in progress
    Lesson in progress3/22
  • fun on a sunny day
    fun on a sunny day4/22
  • Conversation class
    Conversation class5/22
  • Individual attention
    Individual attention6/22
  • Attentive students
    Attentive students7/22
  • Group
    Group8/22
  • All eyes on the board
    All eyes on the board9/22
  • Personal assistance
    Personal assistance10/22
  • Relaxing outdoors
    Relaxing outdoors11/22
  • Group excursion
    Group excursion12/22
  • School building
    School building 13/22
  • Festive parade
    Festive parade14/22
  • Adventure
    Adventure15/22
  • Nature
    Nature16/22
  • Excursion map
    Excursion map17/22
  • Catching some sun
    Catching some sun18/22
  • Street entertainment
    Street entertainment19/22
  • Nature walk
    Nature walk20/22
  • School front door
    School front door21/22
  • Outside the Cathedral
    Outside the Cathedral22/22

Concorde International

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalNCC Education
English teacher qualifications
80% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: Bus: * Canterbury Main Bus Station.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 5 minutes
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Concorde International and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoJCB - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Arabic homestays available

    • We welcome Muslim students here and we have homestay families who are accustomed to hosting them. The food offered to a Muslim student is usually vegetarian occasionally halal if it is a Muslim homestay.
  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 22
    Number of public PC workstations: 24

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Accessible Toilet

Additional comment about facilities of school

TV and video 24-hour welfare care

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer:220
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 100
Junior courses - In summer: 600
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 100
Minimum age of students
16 years
8 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 7
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Junior courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 23 years
Throughout the year: 30 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport:
155 £ one way
310 £ return (both ways)
Stansted Airport:
155 £ one way
310 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
145 £ one way
290 £ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is London Gatwick (LGW).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
55 £
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing7 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf20 km
Horse riding30 km
Sailing30 km
Squash2 km
Swimming1 km
Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Windsurfing7 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
Riverside walks Museum exhibitions Beach on sunny days/evenings Parks and Gardens * City cultural events, e.g. International Food Festival in autumn and Canterbury Festival
Adults - Paid activities
Social evenings at the pub Ghost tour of Canterbury Guided tour of Canterbury concerts at the cathedral musuem Art exhibitions Excursions to London, Greenwich, River Thames, London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Brighton.
Junior - Paid activities
Ghost tour of Canterbury Guided tour of Canterbury
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Family programme social calendar 2022
Sample Family programme social calendar 2022
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Concorde International Adult Summer Schools -Christchurch University
Concorde International Adult Summer Schools -Christchurch University
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
Sample Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Canterbury Study Centre
Sample Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Canterbury Study Centre
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
Sample Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Ashford School
Sample Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Ashford School
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Kent College
Concorde International Junior Summer Schools -Kent College

Accommodation

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

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Concorde International, Canterbury
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What students liked about Concorde International, Canterbury
The teachers were all great. Although the level of my first class was too easy for me (similar to the high school level), the school didn't change my class at first. The school reallocated me to another class after my third request. It seems that I wasted my time during taking the unmatched class. The school should offer a level check test(progress test) more often.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I like that it is a very quiet school. I love the city as well.
The teachers are really good and you can meet people from a lot of different countries it's very a good experience, and you have a lot of activites, trip in London, barbecue, visits ... I didn't book an accomodation with the school, I found a shared house.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: London !
Other comments: At the beginning my english was really bad and after 3 months in this school (26 hours per week) I really improved my English. Now I am still in England to work.
Small group (10 students), no French in my group, mix of nationalities, 1:1 lessons with Paula were very profitable and made me progress a lot
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: do not speak your native language at all during the stay, rather stay with family
Other comments: A big problem regarding host family accomodation : I called the family the day before departure, and I discovered that she could not host me and that she had warned the school. Fortunately the person I contacted on the emergency number solved the pb. But it is a bad surprise the evening before departure. Especially as I was not as close to the school as before. Moreover the school's address was not good: I've discovered this upon arrival. The new family was very friendly and caring but the house was not clean
The staff was very friendly! Everybody were very polite, very available! And it's easy to find new friends there:-)
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Little english!;-)
Other comments: I can reccomend Canterbury and this website, because this english course in England was for me a beautiful experiennce! I miss England!! I'll come back there! I wish soon!
Opportunity to combine courses and holidays. River tours are a must. Most interesting topics and good teachers.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: River tour and dinner at "The Old Weaver". Can also recommend Canterbury Cathedral. Take a trip to both the Whitstable villas. Bus ride to Dover to hike over the white cliffs, Castle and War Museum.
Other comments: Mostly high standards of teaching competence.

Brochures

Adult Brochure 2022
Adult Brochure 2022
Junior Prices 2022
Junior Prices 2022
Concorde International Price List 2022
Concorde International Price List 2022
Pathways to University 2022
Pathways to University 2022
Junior Brochure 2022
Junior Brochure 2022

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    FAQ about Concorde International, Canterbury

  • We have junior programmes running from the end of May to the end of August. This could be extended if there are enough interested students. We also do year-round High School Integration programmes for juniors who want an authentic experience in an English secondary school and be placed with an English study buddy. We have already placed over 20 students this year alone until the end of February! Also, our Home Tuition programme can offer English with a teacher in their homes.
    Cherry from Concorde International
    16-03-2022
  • Arrival is on Sunday and departure is on Sunday as well. Lessons will be scheduled from Monday to Friday.
    Angela Ligartova from LanguageCourse.net
    20-05-2022
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (155 £), Stansted Airport (155 £), London Gatwick Airport (145 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Concorde varies from 4 students (Summer Adult Vacation - Business English - Intensive 15) to 15 students (Family Study & Activity Programme English Playtime - Tuition only )
  • 80% of teachers at Concorde International hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Concorde International comes from Italy with a 18% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (12%) and Spain (11%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Concorde International offers courses from 5 years (Family Study & Activity Programme English Playtime - Tuition only , 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 23 during the summer and 30 for the rest of the year.
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