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About the UCT English Language Centre

The UCT English Language Centre is located at the historic Hiddingh Campus in the heart of the city. It is a short walk from Cape Town’s vibrant cultural and historic centre, and has easy access to the beaches and local attractions.  Our newly refurbished premises are also equipped with the latest classroom technology, and offer a modern and stylish learning environment. Classes are kept small to maintain high quality, and a high student/teacher ratio.

All our teachers have many years of experience and hold the highest English Language Teaching qualifications. Most importantly, they are dedicated, passionate, and work together as a team to share their knowledge and support each other and our students.

We know that learning a new language can be challenging, but we also think it should be a fun and rewarding experience and that it should take place in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment!

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Located in the heart of Cape Town, the Hiddingh Campus is a satellite campus of the University of Cape Town and contains some of the oldest educational buildings in South Africa.  ELC shares the campus with the departments of Drama and Fine Art.

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Cape Town

As well as welcoming millions of tourists and travellers each year, Cape Town is also the most popular destination for students in Africa, combining a vibrant social life with spectacular scenery, a host of adventure activities, globally renowned cuisine and modern urban living.

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Our Team

All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Most teachers have their own specific area of expertise and interest which contributes to the development of our team and ensures that ELC delivers on its promise of teaching at the highest standards.

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University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town, or UCT,  has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community. Our staff and students come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world, and each person contributes their unique blend of knowledge and thinking. The University has also built links and partnerships with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of our campus.

The University of Cape Town’s reputation is underpinned by its distinctive research and excellence in teaching and by a distinguished faculty, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. As a university we are committed to producing graduates who are not only well-educated, but also mindful of their social responsibility in their roles as future leaders in society. Our reputation as a leading institution is further embodied by the quality of our alumni, many of whom continue to make outstanding contributions to society.

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Welcome from the Dean

Our English Language Centre is located within the vibrant Faculty of Humanities, the second largest and most academically diverse faculty at the University of Cape Town.

There are many reasons to learn English. For some, it is about improving career prospects since proficiency in English is a key requirement in today’s global business world. Some view English as a gateway into the best colleges or universities. For others, it is simply about acquiring a new set of language skills and exploring a different culture.

In choosing to learn English at UCT English Language Centre, you will join a community of international students who, like you, have chosen to pursue their studies at Africa’s premier research, teaching and learning institution. UCT is currently one of the few universities with a unit dedicated to teaching English as a Foreign Language in Southern Africa. Our language students benefit from the Centre’s state of the art facilities and from our highly qualified teachers who will help you attain your individual language goals. Our numerous sports clubs, student societies and recreational facilities will keep you busy during the ‘down time’ from your studies. In addition, we offer you the chance to explore our beautiful city and country, to create lasting memories and the opportunity to establish new networks of friends.

If you are considering learning English, you should know that there are few institutions in the world that rival what we offer students at UCT. So, whatever your reasons for wanting to learn or improve your English language skills, I encourage you to make the best possible choice. Choose to study at the UCT English Language Centre.

I wish you every success in your academic journey!

A/ Prof Shose Kessi
Dean of Humanities

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