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EC English, Cambridge, England UK

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Gibson House, 57-61 Burleigh Street - CB1 1DJ Cambridge - see on map

What we like about the school

  • One of the few English schools in the city centre
  • Free educational workshops.
  • TOP 12% highest inspection scores among all UK schools in British Council inspection (Gazette 2021/2022).
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
  • Additional costs of course material of approx. 7 £ per week.

Location: EC English Cambridge is located in the English university city of Cambridge. Housed within a modern building in the heart of the city, the school has many shops, cafés, restaurants and local attractions close by. Such attractions as Christ's Pieces Park, King's College Chapel and Parker's Piece Park are all within a moment's walk of the school, ensuring students have some excellent sites to enjoy the city between and after classes. As a city, Cambridge offers a historic and vibrant atmosphere for students, with its multiple colleges, university and schools supplying a student-friendly backdrop for all types of study. Students of EC Cambridge have everything they may need to have a great time in Cambridge whilst achieving their language goals. Within a 25-minute walk or 5-minute drive of the Train Station, students have excellent access for all arrivals and departures.

School facilities:The facilities within EC Cambridge are of a very high standard, offering everything a student may need to feel comfortable inside and outside of the classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with televisions, electronic whiteboards, air conditioning, heating and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment. The school's facilities include a computer lab, free after-class access to language learning software, a library, a lounge area and a student support desk for any questions or queries that may arise.

Course selection: Course selection offers a wide range of programmes suitable for students of many age groups and interests. With both adult and junior courses taking place at various times throughout the year, EC English Cambridge is well experienced in delivering high-quality and engaging tuition to all ages. In addition to General English programmes available to students of all levels, the school also offer Academic Semester or Year courses, IELTS Preparation and English for Work. Fully-immersive Junior Summer Camps or Junior Day Camps are readily available throughout the summer months, which are complete with a social and activity programme, full of local activities and excursions.

Accommodation: Accommodation is readily available in various Homestay and local studio facilities.

School chain: EC English schools are all part of the larger group of EC Holdings Ltd. As a group, they have pushed boundaries within English tuition, for all levels and age groups, for many years. The group consists of multiple schools, spread throughout locations such as the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Malta, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The "EC Promise" is true throughout all EC locations, promising students that their English level will improve if they follow the 3 steps of attendance, homework and participation. The group ensures that all students will receive a friendly atmosphere to learn in, high-quality tuition and care, a varied social programme to accompany their learning, and appropriate facilities to reach their language goals.
  • The language school EC English was founded in Cambridge, England UK in 1983.
  • Legal name / parent company: EC English Holdings Ltd.
  • Tax registration ID: GB230781424
  • Abbreviated name of school: EC Cambridge

English Courses

General Language
Work & Study
Information for all courses offered by EC English
Comments about courses

Students under 18 must book homestay, a return airport transfer and provide a parental consent form.
High season fee not applicable to bookings longer than 12 weeks.
Additional fees:

  • UK visa registration fee: GBP 23.
  • Bank transfer fee: GBP 13.
  • Student insurance (optional): GBP 10 per week.
  • Course material is GBP 20 for the first 4 weeks. It is an extra GBP 5 per week after that.
  • U18 supplement per week GBP 20.
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
55.00 £
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
03 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 02 Jun. 2022 - 03 Jun. 2022, 29 Aug. 2022, 19 Sep. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022 - 27 Dec. 2022.
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
02 Jan. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 10 Apr. 2023, 01 May 2023, 29 May 2023, 28 Aug. 2023, 25 Dec. 2023, 26 Dec. 2023.
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 has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 7 £ per week.

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: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
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Videos & Photos

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  • EC English - Tour of School 3/12
  • EC English - Student Interviews4/12
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  • Common area
    Common area6/12
  • EC English student lounge
    EC English student lounge 7/12
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EC English (EC)

Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTOBritish councilEnglish UKYoung Learners English UKPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalISI
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:30
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at EC English and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoAmerican Express - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • 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

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 14
    Number of public PC workstations: 20

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Adapted for blind students

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:250
Throughout the year: 180
Junior courses - In summer: 250
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 9
Adult courses Throughout the year: 9
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 19 years
Throughout the year: 31 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport:
220 £ one way
440 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
235 £ one way
470 £ return (both ways)
Stansted Airport:
130 £ one way
260 £ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is London Stansted (STN).

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
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
75 £
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 possible
Ballet
Basketball
Cooking
Cricket
Dancing
Field Hockey
Football (soccer)
Golf
Horse riding
Ice Hockey
Mountainbiking
Music
Rugby
Squash
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Volleyball
Yoga

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Pub tour Board games Parks Career service Company visit Punting * Bowling

Adults - Paid activities

Trips to: London Bath Brighton Stratford & Warwick Castle York Oxford Musicals Harry Potter Studio tour * Football matches

Accommodation

Reviews

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EC English, Cambridge
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Student Testimonial Videos

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Brochures

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FAQ about EC English, Cambridge

  • English courses at EC English start at 314 £ for General English 20 course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of EC English
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (220 £), London Gatwick Airport (235 £), Stansted Airport (130 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at EC English varies from 15 students (General English 20) to 15 students (General English 20)
  • 100% of teachers at EC English hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at EC English comes from Korea with a 8% representation, followed by students from Italy (7%) and Switzerland (7%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • EC English offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 19 during the summer and 31 for the rest of the year.
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