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EC English, Cape Town, South Africa


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Redefine North Wharf 1st floor, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue - 8001 Cape Town - see on map

What we like about the school

  • views of Table Mountain from classrooms
  • Central location with easy access to the V&A Waterfront, beautiful beaches and public transport.
  • Top rated school facilities (4.4/5.0)
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.

What we dislike about the school

  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.

Location: EC English Cape Town is located in one of South Africa's 3 capital cities, Cape Town, a port city beneath Table Mountain, on South Africa's southwest coast. Cape Town is basked in nature beauty, offering many outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking and cycling. Students of EC Cape Town have everything they need to have an extraordinary time whilst reaching their language goals with the school. EC Cape Town is housed in a renovated heritage building on the outskirts of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is close to attractions such as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Wheel. Local to the school are many restaurants, cafés, supermarkets and links to public transport, ensuring that sites such as Maclear's Beacon, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, and Boulder's Beach, are all just a short trip away. The school is within a 20-minute taxi ride of the Cape Town International Airport, ensuring that all arrivals and departures can be made with ease.

School facilities: The facilities within EC Cape Town are of a very high standard, offering everything a student may need to feel comfortable inside and outside of the classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with electronic whiteboards and many have great views of the adjacent Table Mountain. The school's facilities include a library, a lounge area, a self-study area and free WIFI.

Course selection: Course selection includes tailor-made courses for students in Business, English for Work, Exam Preparation (FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS), English in the City and English + 2-day safari, in addition to Academic Semester or year programmes. Many programmes are available to students of all levels, ensuring there is something for all. English & Volunteering programmes are also available throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation is readily available through the school in Homestay and Residence facilities, enabling students to feel well looked after, to enjoy the city and its surrounding areas to their fullest.

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 Cape Town, South Africa in 2002.
  • Legal name / parent company: EC English Holdings Ltd.
  • Tax registration ID: 2006/011225/07
  • Abbreviated name of school: EC Cape Town
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Work & Study
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
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 supplement not applicable to bookings longer than 12 weeks. Additional fees: - Bank transfer fee: EUR 20. - Student insurance (optional): EUR 20 per week. - Course material is EUR 20 for the first 4 weeks. It is an extra EUR 5 per week after that. - U18 supplement per week GBP 20.
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
50.00 €
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):
21 Mar. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 27 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 16 Jun. 2022, 09 Aug. 2022, 16 Dec. 2022, 26 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 has to be purchased by the student. Course material costs are approximately 20 € per month.

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 Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by EC English, Cape Town can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • Excursions in Cape Town
    Excursions in Cape Town5/9
  • Exploring Cape Town
    Exploring Cape Town6/9
  • lounge
  • EC English common area
    EC English common area 8/9
  • Study area
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EC English (EC)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
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
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General school facilities

  • Library

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms:


    Number of public PC workstations:


    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Additional comment about facilities of school

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:190
Throughout the year: 130
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 8
Adult courses Throughout the year: 8
Average age of students
In summer: 25 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Cape Town International Airport:
30 € one way
60 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Cape Town Intl..

Visa Documents

Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
85 €
Free shipment via regular mail
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
Horse riding
Table Tennis

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities
Pronunciation Class Hout Bay Market Grammar Accuracy Football Listening Centre City Bowl Market Pub Night Lions Head Hike
Adults - Paid activities
One Day Safari Canal Walk City Tour Casino Bowling Dinner & Cinema Cape Point Shark Cage Diving Ice-skating Paragliding Wine lands Tour West Coast Ostrich Farm * Skydiving Experience




Rating: 4.3/5.0

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EC English, Cape Town
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Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.6/5.0

Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 3.6/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)


2022 Brochure for EC English
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2022 Price list for EC English
2022 Price list for EC English


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    FAQ about EC English, Cape Town

  • English courses at EC English start at 190 € for Academic Semester / Year 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 Cape Town International Airport (30 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at EC English varies from 15 students (Intensive English) to 15 students (Intensive English)
  • 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 Libya with a 19% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (10%) and Brazil (9%).
  • 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 25 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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