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English school in Washington DC: Washington Language Institute

What we like about the school

  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation
  • Excellent rating of student apartments
  • Top rated school facilities

Washington Language Institute

The language school Washington Language Institute was founded in Washington DC, USA in 1986. The school is located only steps away from Georgetown (downtown Washington DC) and is close to numerous dining and shopping options, and 10 minutes from the national mall and memorials in DC. It is the premier English school in the area and an ideal choice, due to its programs and courses, its highly accessible location, and its proven track record since 1986.

Accreditations and Quality seals

AAIEPSEVPPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalCEA, English USA

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

  • Library

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

15

Number of public PC workstations:

32

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for deaf students

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • 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
  • Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 45-65 US$ per course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Junior courses in summer: 40

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 10
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 10

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 14 years for specific Junior courses

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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):

5
5
5
2
3
5
2
20
1
1
5
8
5
5
5
1
5
5
3
2
1

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Baltimore-Washington International Airport:
250 US$ pick up
500 US$ return (both ways)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:
90 US$ pick up
180 US$ return (both ways)
Washington Dulles International Airport:
120 US$ pick up
240 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 26.Feb.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 23.Apr.2018, 28.May.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 04.Jul.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 08.Oct.2018, 09.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 22.Nov.2018, 23.Nov.2018, 03.Dec.2018, 25.Dec.2018.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 16 24
Price in US$ -- 720 1080 1440 1800 2160 2760 3450 4140 5120 7200
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 0 0 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 560 840 1120 1680 2040 2550 3060 3760 5280 255
Classes take place from Monday to Thursday.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 17:00  - 21:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 15
Price in US$ -- 550 825 1100 1375 1650 1925 2080 2600 3120 3900
Not available for F-1 student visa holders.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 10:00
Afternoon: 12:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 15
Price in US$ -- 470 705 940 1175 1410 1645 1760 2200 2640 3300
Classes are from Mondays to Thursdays. Not available for F-1 student visa holders.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3-4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 17:00  - 20:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1596 -- -- -- 3080 -- -- --
One time supplement fee of $350.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1300 -- -- -- 2520 -- -- --
Exam dates vary. The TOEFL iBT is offered in the computer lab 2 times each month.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1300 -- -- -- 2520 -- -- --
Exam dates vary.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam dates
29.Sep.2018, 15.Sep.2018, 13.Sep.2018, 08.Sep.2018, 25.Aug.2018, 18.Aug.2018, 11.Aug.2018, 02.Aug.2018, 28.Jul.2018, 21.Jul.2018, 19.Jul.2018, 07.Jul.2018, 30.Jun.2018, 23.Jun.2018, 07.Jun.2018, 02.Jun.2018, 24.May.2018, 19.May.2018, 12.May.2018, 05.May.2018, 26.Apr.2018, 21.Apr.2018, 14.Apr.2018, 07.Apr.2018, 24.Mar.2018, 15.Mar.2018, 10.Mar.2018, 03.Mar.2018, 24.Feb.2018, 10.Feb.2018, 03.Feb.2018, 01.Feb.2018, 20.Jan.2018, 18.Jan.2018, 13.Jan.2018, 06.Jan.2018
Exam fee
240 US$
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Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 165.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 60 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:1-to-1 - US$60 per lesson.
1-to-2 - US$45 per lesson per person.
1-to-3 - US$35 per lesson per person.
1-to-4 - US$30 per lesson per person.
Off campus lessons US$65 per lesson + government rate for teachers' travel (personalized proposal quotes available).

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- -- 990 1050 1315 1580 1845 2110 2375 2640 2905 3170 265 550 160
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Twin room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, 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: 16
Maximum age of students: 66
Dates

High season dates 09.Jun.2018 - 28.Jul.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- 550 825 1100 1375 1650 1925 2200 2475 2750 3025 3300 275 160
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Applications received less than 2 weeks before arrival incur an additional surcharge of US$100.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
45 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 66
Dates

High season dates 09.Jun.2018 - 28.Jul.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- 450 675 900 1125 1350 1575 1800 2025 2250 2475 2700 225 160
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Applications received less than 2 weeks before arrival incur an additional surcharge of US$100.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
45 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 66
Dates

High season dates 09.Jun.2018 - 28.Jul.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in US$ -- 700 1050 1400 1750 2100 2450 2800 3150 3500 3850 4200 350 160
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Applications received less than 2 weeks before arrival incur an additional surcharge of US$100.
Price extra night:
50 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 15
Maximum age of students: 66
Dates

High season dates 09.Jun.2018 - 28.Jul.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 25 US$

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Baseball5 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking2 km
Cricket2 km
Dancing5 km
Field Hockey 
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf2 km
Horse riding2 km
Ice Hockey2 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music2 km
Rugby2 km
Sailing15 km
Skiing120 km
Squash 
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis2 km
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing15 km
Yoga5 km
Leisure programme for adults & juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - adults and juniors (PDF)

Reviews

City
4.5/5.0 
Organisation
4.5/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
3.8/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
3.7/5.0 
Value for money
3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.7/5.0 
Other
4.7/5.0 
Students liked about Washington Language Institute, Washington DC
Classmates from different places around the world. Nice teacher (Mia). Excellent WiFi. Good Computer Lab.
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
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Length of each level: 8 weeks (website missing info)
Other comments: Not all my classmates had the same English level.
The teaching method of my teacher Chris and the availability and kindness of Nathalie.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Residence
4.0/5.0
The recreational activities in Washington, the nice staff, the fieldtrip
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Ausflug nach Baltimore, the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, ein Besuch in Georgetown, shopping in Tyson's corner, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Other comments: The learning materials are overpriced in my opinion, $ 60 for a little used book are too much. The recreational activities are well chosen and well organized.
Multiethnic
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: you have to pay $55 for the books
The course, very well structured
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: participate in classes with people from different countries and cultures

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