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ETC International College, Bournemouth, England UK

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

22-26 West Hill Road - BH2 5PG Bournemouth - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Large outdoor courtyard with table tennis and foosball table.
  • Located just a 5-minute walk from the beach.
  • On campus accommodation offered
  • Homestay accommodation very close to school

School background: This specialist college, was accredited by the British Council for teaching English as a foreign language. ETC International College offers a high quality tuition and service, which is maintained by regular inspections from the British Council and ISI.

School facilities: ETC International College has expanded massively as a family business for over 30 years - the campus is home to 4 buildings and 40 classrooms, welcoming a staggering amount of students every year.

Course structure: The college’s curriculum offers their students courses in General English and Exam Preparation, but ETC has also expanded their offerings by including Specialist courses for professionals, university programs for students and most recently, ETC added BTEC accredited HNC and HND courses to their repertoire.

Accommodation: Bournemouth is a notoriously beautiful location in England and students at ETC can benefit from staying in the ETC Residence, right next door to the school. Alternatively, there is an option to experience British culture with a local homestay. The ETC Residence offers single, twin, triple and quadruple rooms that are cleaned once a week. A member of staff is always on duty and all rooms are decked out with wireless internet. Quiet study nooks are located all over the campus for a quiet space to study and work in.
  • The language school ETC International College was founded in Bournemouth, England UK in 1989.
  • Legal name / parent company: Educational Training Centre (UK) Ltd.
  • Tax registration ID: 8097004771
  • Abbreviated name of school: ETC Bournemouth
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Junior
Online Courses
Business
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by ETC International College
Comments about courses

Course books:
Books are free to borrow for all students studying for 4 weeks or less. Students studying for 5 or more weeks must pay for their course books.

Students on the Standard course must pay GBP 70 for their books and students on more intensive/specialist courses must pay GBP 100. Students must buy a new set of books if they change course or move up a level.

Course schedule:
In the summer, courses may take place in the afternoons.

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
100.00 £
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 50 £. 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):
03 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 02 Jun. 2022, 03 Jun. 2022, 19 Aug. 2022, 25 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. The costs of course material will be approximately 70 £ per course level.

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
Note: All courses offered by ETC International College, Bournemouth can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • School entrance
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  • ETC International College school building
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  • In conversation at ETC International College
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  • All eyes on the board
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  • a birds-eye view of Bournemouth
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  • barefoot beach fun in Bournemouth
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  • At the beach in Bournemouth
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  • outdoors in Bournemouth
    outdoors in Bournemouth17/48
  • Bournemouth nature excursion
    Bournemouth nature excursion18/48
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  • ETC buildings
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  • ETC school grounds
    ETC school grounds 21/48
  • Single room
    Single room22/48
  • Fun activity
    Fun activity23/48
  • Library
    Library24/48
  • computer lab
    computer lab25/48
  • Certificates
    Certificates 26/48
  • Beach in Bournemouth
    Beach in Bournemouth 27/48
  • Lunch is served
    Lunch is served 28/48
  • Group excursion
    Group excursion29/48
  • Painting
    Painting30/48
  • Soccer
    Soccer31/48
  • Bowling
    Bowling32/48
  • Fun on the beach
    Fun on the beach33/48
  • In class
    In class34/48
  • Welcome to ETC
    Welcome to ETC35/48
  • table tennis
    table tennis36/48
  • Canteen services
    Canteen services 37/48
  • ETC Residence
    ETC Residence 38/48
  • ETC Residence triple room
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  • School location in Bournemouth
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  • Common area
    Common area41/48
  • Beach residence
    Beach residence 42/48
  • Summer residence common area
    Summer residence common area43/48
  • Beach residence bedroom
    Beach residence bedroom44/48
  • Summer residence dining area
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  • ETC presentation
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  • Party
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  • ETC International College class in session
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ETC International College (ETC)

Accreditations and Quality seals
British councilEnglish UKPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalIndependent Schools Inspectorate
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 8:45
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at ETC International College and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Video game console

  • Volleyball court

  • Basketball court

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Table tennis

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Halal food offered at the school

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 40
    Number of public PC workstations: 35
    Paid parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Adapted for blind students

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:700
Throughout the year: 300
Junior courses - In summer: 300
Minimum age of students
16 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 20 years
Throughout the year: 26 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport:
170 £ one way
340 £ return (both ways)
Bournemouth Airport:
45 £ one way
90 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
200 £ one way
400 £ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Bournemouth Aiport.

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)
25 £
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
Basketball
Cricket
Football (soccer)
Golf
Music
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Volleyball

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Football/Volleyball/Walking Club/Conversation Club

Adults - Paid activities

Full Day Trips (from £35 per person), Half Day Trips (from £25 per person) to areas of local or national interest such as Poole, London, Bristol, Bath, Durdle Door and more.

Junior - Free activities

All activities included in junior programme

Junior - Paid activities

All activities included in junior programme
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
May Sample Social Calendar 2022
May Sample Social Calendar 2022

Accommodation

Reviews

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

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ETC International College, Bournemouth
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What students liked about ETC International College, Bournemouth
Despite the fact that I had been at the school for only 2 weeks, my English has been improved a lot. I took a Medical English course and, when I returned to my work, I found out that I started understand my English-speaking patients. First of all, we had unique phonetic lessons. Our teacher, John Key, is a poet and, thanks to him, I was appreciating the beauty of British English pronunciation. I found that the difficult English phonetic is more logical than I thought. The Medical lessons were organized and high professional. Without a doubt, I not only improved my English speaking but I learned about new medical knowledge (about asthma, about malaria). Furthermore, we learned how to prepare an attractive professional presentation and learned other very important skills for our profession.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I would recommend to students to inquire at LanguageCourse.net website or ETC should send an official invitation. A Luton airport Immigration official requested to see a letter of invitation. Because I had none, he didn't let me enter UK. When I asked him to call ETC, he calmed down.
Other comments: I would like to express my delight for ETC college. The employers and the outstanding teachers. I hope to back to ETC as soon as possible. ETC residence is an appropriate accommodation. It's cheaper than hotels but, a single room is more convenient than a room in any good hotel. The food is simple, healthy and tasty.
I think that teachers at ETC college are very professional, experienced, patient, and also they prepare their clases before going to the classroom to teach the students. The way they teach, and the time they take to prepare their lessons are the thing I most like about ETC college. I also believe that my time as a student at ETC was too short, I would like to come back again to ETC school.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I recommend this for any student who wants to improve their English: not to talk in their native language with other students from the same country, or students who speak the same language. As a student we must try to speak in English all the time.
Other comments: I am so happy because the school is located at the heart of Bournemouth, with a very comfortable cafeteria and a well equipped classroom. Very nice atmosphere with other students as well.
Sociability and contact between students and offered activities that allowed us to meet each other.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The vegetarian restaurant in Bournemouth (Mad Cucumber)
Other comments: Very poorly soundproofed rooms (lots of noise)
Teachers here are friendly and they are willing to talk with you. So I liked teachers here most!
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I must mention that the city is very worst to do some sightseeing for student who is about to have class.
Other comments: The school is a little bit small. Some corridors is too narrow to contain two students who pass by each other at the same time.
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FAQ about ETC International College, Bournemouth

  • English courses at ETC International College start at 86 £ for Online General English 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of ETC International College
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (170 £), Bournemouth Airport (45 £), London Gatwick Airport (200 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at ETC International College varies from 1 students (Online One-to-One Lessons) to 18 students (General English - Super Intensive )
  • 100% of teachers at ETC International College hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at ETC International College comes from Italy with a 15.4% representation, followed by students from Saudi Arabia (13%) and Spain (10.6%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • ETC International College offers courses from 14 years (Junior Programme (Homestay), 20 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 26 for the rest of the year.
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