At the UCT English Language Centre we receive many inquiries from people throughout the world interested in booking an English class with us.
We would love to welcome you at our school and meet you personally, so here are some tips to think about your upcoming English studies in Cape Town, and ensuring that your inquiry and booking process goes as fast and as smoothly as possible so you can sit back, relax and start looking forward to your time with us.
1. How long are you interested in studying with us? In other words, for how many weeks would you like to study?
Our course prices are quoted in weeks. This means that you pay per week of your studies. The longer your booking, or the more weeks you book for, the cheaper it gets. So, once you have decided on how many weeks you want to study, then we are better equipped to give you a price.
2. What kind of English course are you interested in?
We offer a range of English courses. General English is the most popular class, and also forms the basis for the electives and business English course. This means, that you cannot take business English or afternoon electives without also studying the General English courses in the morning. IELTS exam preparation courses can be taken in the morning and afternoons, if you wish. So, once you chosen which course you are interested in, we now know how many weeks you want to study general English for, or how many you want to do Business English for, or how many weeks you want to do IELTS for, etc. Please note that EAP, and ESOL exam courses run on specific dates and are subject to availability. You can contact us for more information if you are interested in one of these courses.
3. The next step is deciding how intensively you want to study your chosen course. In other words, how many hours of English do you want to do per week?
We offer 3 intensity packages. Either you can choose to do 20 hours per week, which means you will start your classes at 9am every day, Monday to Friday, and be finished your English classes for the day by 1pm. Please note that the morning classes include a 1 hour conversation class. The next option is to study for 25 hours per week. This will allow you to study 2 afternoons per week, in addition to the morning classes. You will be able to choose from 2 electives, either listening and pronunciation or writing and grammar. These will take place either on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Afternoon classes start after lunch and continue until 16:10. The most intensive option we have is to study for 30 hours a week. This means you will be doing morning classes from Monday to Friday, as well as afternoon electives from Monday to Thursday. We do not have afternoon classes on Fridays as this time is reserved for teacher and staff meetings and class administration. It is also the time teachers receive further teacher training. We can make exceptions for private lessons on a Friday afternoon, but this is by special arrangement only and is at the discretion of the School Director.
4. Now you will need to think about accommodation. Where will you stay when you come to study with us in Cape Town? And for how long?
Many students don’t need to think about this if they have family, friends or acquaintances here. But for those students who are coming alone and have no private accommodation options, you will need to think about this. The UCT English language Centre does have student residence accommodation and this is charged per day. It is about 5 minutes’ walk from the school, and is based in the city centre right near shops, restaurants, banks, etc. There is also a church and a mosque within 2 minutes’ walk of the residence. You can choose between a standard or a large room and all rooms have private bathrooms, desks and chairs and some have televisions and fridges. The entertainment area, dining room, kitchen and laundry are shared with other English Language Centre students. The residence also has a great weekly social programme. Other options include homestay, hotels, bed and breakfasts, backpackers, etc. However, please note that these bookings are done separately and will need to be arranged through our partner company. You can email Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and prices.
5. Do you need airport transfers?
Have you thought about how you will get to your accommodation once you arrive at the airport? We are happy to book you airport transfers so that you don’t need to think about this too much, but you will need to let us know as this must be arranged in advance with a driver. If you book a transfer with us, please send us your flight details as soon as you have booked. Without flight details we will have no idea when you actually arrive and then cannot be at the airport for you.
We hope that this has given you some tips on the kinds of things you will need to think about when booking your English studies at our English school. The more information you provide us with, the faster we can process your booking and secure your spot and the sooner you can concentrate on doing other things like applying for your visa or preparing your trip.
We are happy to help whenever and wherever we can, so you are free to ask any questions and we will try our best to answer them for you.