English Language Schools in Cape Town - Ranking 2022

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

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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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Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cape Town

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 10 reviews

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: Intensive English - 6 weeks
Student age: 30 years


Rating: 1

1.0 | 2 reviews

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

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


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.

Johannes Kraus

Cape Town one of the most multicultural cities in the world and South African people are warm and hospitable to visitors.

Interesting information about Cape Town

Key Facts about Cape Town

In terms of quality of life Cape Town reached place number 95 in the 2019 Mercer.

Population: 3,434,000

Time zone: GMT +2

Region: Western Cape, City of Cape Town

Currency: ZAR (1 ZAR = 0.0580 EUR)

Cape Town quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6

4.6 (99 reviews by our former students)

universities: 3 (rankings of universities in Cape Town)

High season: January

Low season: April

Average course price per week (High season): 242 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 303 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Student price index excluding rent:58* (42% cheaper than London)
  • Student price index including rent:51* (49% cheaper than London)
  • Price index food only:46* (54% cheaper than London)
  • Big Mac price (South Africa average):33.41 ZAR (47% cheaper than in United Kingdom)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Plug Type M
  • Plug Type N
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Cape Town

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Events in Cape TownBest time to take a language course in Cape Town

Cape Town Gay Pride Parade
Cape Town Gay Pride Parade

February 2022Boasting one of the largest gay pride parades in Africa, Cape Town Pride includes parties, protests and a church service over a nine-day period.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour
Cape Argus Cycle Tour

March 2022The Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly the Cape Argus Cycle Tour) is a 109 km bike race starting in the city centre and following the highway down to Smitswinkel and back up again to Green Point.

Cape Town Festival
Cape Town Festival

March 2022Supporting local artists, the Cape Town Festival's ultimate goal is a more integrated, more tolerant city, bringing together musicians, performers, dancers and artists from different communities in this fantastic event.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Jazz Festival

March 2022With five stages and more than 40 artists, Africa's Grandest Gathering hosts musicians from both the African continent and further abroad for two nights of unforgettable performances.

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

April 2022Reputed to be the most beautiful marathon in the world, the full marathon is 56 kms while the half-marathon at 21 kms. The 5 km and 2.5 km runs are also very popular.

Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival
Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

September 2022The town of Hermanus, in the heart of the coastal whale migration route as well as the heart of wine country, hosts the only eco-marine festival in South Africa. The plentiful marine life in the area also includes dolphins, great white sharks, seals, and penguins as well as the Southern right whale.

Cape Town International Kite Festival
Cape Town International Kite Festival

October 2022Held on the beach at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg, this spectacular two-day festival is a feast for both the eyes and the soul. With competitions, professional displays and kite-making workshops all proceeds from the event support the community activities of Cape Mental Health.

New Year''s Eve Bash
New Year''s Eve Bash

December 2022There are parties all over the city and surrounding areas, but the biggest and best of them all is the one at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront with its countdown clock tower and spectacular fireworks display.

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
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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, 73,00 R, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Airport, Civic Centre

Taxi: 375 ZAR, 20 minutes drive to city center of Cape Town

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: London Gatwick, London Heathrow

FAQ about schools in Cape Town

  • ELC has received the best overall rating in Cape Town.
  • EC English, located in Redefine North Wharf 1st floor, 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue, Foreshore has been voted as the school with the best location in Cape Town.
  • ELC 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.

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