17 English Language Schools in Cape Town - Ranking 2023

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17 Best language schools in Cape Town (ranked based on student reviews)

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How our students rated their experience in Cape Town


Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Cape Town
104 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Cape Town

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 3.2/5.0


What our students said about Cape Town

Rating: 5/5


On one hand, wonderful opportunities: Ocean, warmth, great architecture, Kirstenbosch Garden, Winelands, safari, animals, interesting history, lots of diversity, friendly people.
On the other hand, poverty, corruption, high crime - many students had to experience crime: robbery, theft.


Rating: 5/5


Cape Town is definitely not one of the safest places in the world, but for me it is definitely one of the most beautiful in the world. #happyPlace


What school directors said about Cape Town

Wolfgang Graser

Cape Town has; a very low cost of living, great weather all year round, friendly people, very clear spoken English, has a rich history, world-renowned natural beauty surfing, hiking, safari, is an adventure paradise, has a modern infrastructure and is a young and vibrant city.

Gavin Eyre

Cape Town is such a wonderful city that has so much to offer. It is one of the most naturally beautiful and culturally diverse places. If you like to surf, Cape Town’s beaches are great. If you like to hike, you can hike any of the many mountains, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head or Devil’s Peak, just to mention the most famous ones. If you like wine, you have the choice of hundreds of amazing and unique wine farms. If you are a foodie, you can find some of the finest restaurants in the world and try lots of different cuisines. If you like to escape European winter, come and visit during our summer. Cape Town is also comparatively cheap which makes it the perfect place to visit for your English language travel.

Cape Town is offering something for everyone : culture, outdoor activities,wildlife, vibrant night life.

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cape Town

UCT English Language Centre

I really liked the organization. It's well structured and easy to adapt to even when you're new.

3 January 2023
Course: General English - 8 weeks
Student age: 44 years

Rating: 5

5.0 | 5 reviews
UCT English Language Centre

- University feeling on campus with many other students
- Good contact person availability, good organisation

23 November 2022
Course: Intensive General English - 4 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Rating: 5

5.0 | 5 reviews
UCT English Language Centre

- the buildings of the Hiddingh campus are impressive and the study of the English language takes place together with the study of theatre and fine arts
- unfortunately it was semester break
- the teachers were very motivated, committed and creative
- this refers to the choice of topics and varied lesson design
- Interesting current topics were chosen: Environment, countries' stereotypes of people, slavery; (we visited a museum during class - Slave Lodge), women's rights - was especially exciting as there were only young Saudi Arabian men in my class
- scientific writing and also creative writing were practised.
- The highlight for me was the tutorial system - I didn't know it yet.

4 February 2022
Course: General English - 4 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Rating: 5

5.0 | 5 reviews
EC English

For me it was very productive time. Before I thought that I have pre-intermediate level, but I sat the level-test and was intermediate, which I was glad to discover! But for me it wasn’t enough, I pushed myself to study a lot, it was not in vain. Now I have Upper intermediate. The main thing is you should work hardest and productive. Enjoy you time with this school.

24 May 2021
Course: General English 30 - 6 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 10 reviews
International House

The way to and from school on the beach was great. It's really beautiful.
If someone doesn't feel comfortable at the school, just let them out of the contract. In other schools, this is possible and it helps everyone. Money is important but not always. The school looks like it's in the 90s and is no longer up to date.

17 December 2019
Course: Intensive English - 8 weeks
Student age: 54 years

Rating: 1

1.0 | 2 reviews
International House

Extremely bad organization and unmotivated staff, especially at the front desk. Older students who had English in school many years ago are given a poor rating by the placement test and sit in a class with students who have never spoken English in their lives.

25 November 2019
Course: Intensive English - 2 weeks
Student age: 44 years

Rating: 1

1.0 | 2 reviews
Language Teaching Centre, LTC

All the staff was very friendly and eager to help.
The level among my classmates was too divergent. The teacher focused too much on the weakest in the class. I raised that issue and it got better then.

19 December 2016
Course: General English - 3 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Rating: 3.7

3.7 | 3 reviews
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Interesting information about Cape Town

Why Cape Town? With its stunning location and surrounding beauty of wild, white-sand ...
beaches, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Affectionately nicknamed the Mother City, the city is the epicentre of South Africa's Western Cape region. The city keeps busy with markets selling crafts, food and textiles, European fashion boutiques, art galleries, luxury hotels and backpacker lodges. Outside the city lies the impeccable beaches, fringed with pretty towns and mansions ending in the beautiful Cape Point nature reserve.
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Key Facts about Cape Town

Population:   4,710,000
Time zone: +12h. (GMT +2)
Region: Western Cape, City of Cape Town
Currency: ZAR (1 ZAR = 0.0577 USD)
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of South Africa in your country. List of embassies and consulates of South Africa on the official website - International Relations and Cooperation South Africa.
High season: January
Low season: April
Average course price per week (High season): 4,032 ZAR
Average course price per week (Low season): 341 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:49* (51% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:41* (59% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:42* (59% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (South Africa average): 40.52 ZAR
    (55% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type M
  • Plug Type N
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Weather in Cape Town

Climate Table
Midday Temperature
Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec45 °F50 °F55 °F60 °F65 °F70 °F75 °F80 °FTemperature in °F
Hours of Sunshine
Water Temperature
64.4 °F66.2 °F66.2 °F64.4 °F62.6 °F60.8 °F59 °F57.2 °F59 °F60.8 °F62.6 °F64.4 °F

What to do in Cape Town

Clifton Beaches
Clifton Beaches
Rhodes Memorial
Rhodes Memorial
Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Penguin Colony
Boulders Penguin Colony
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Cape Town
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Arrival airport

Cape Town International (CPT) - 17 km. from Cape Town city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Airport, Civic Centre

Taxi: 20 minutes drive to city center of Cape Town

Public transportation in Cape Town

FAQ about schools in Cape Town

  • UCT English Language Centre has received the best overall rating in Cape Town.
  • EC English, located in Aria North Wharf 1st floor, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue, Foreshore has been voted as the school with the best location in Cape Town.
  • UCT English Language Centre was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Student Apartment' at INTERLINK School of Languages is the best rated accommodation in Cape Town.
  • The student price index in Cape Town is 49.22. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • We would recommend you to combine the group course with some individual classes. In our experience this lets you learn a lot more in a shorter period of time. During the one-to-one classes you will get to focus, not only on your interests, but also on subjects where you may need a little extra help. There is a special field in the registration form to request extra private lessons, if you are interested.
    Madly Simba, FR Consultant from LanguageCourse.net - Jul 07, 2022
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