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English courses with optional Internship & Volunteering in Cape Town, year around

Cape Town is a truly remarkable place. As a language student, you have many opportunities to discover this beautiful city and the friendly people living here. Start a language journey and fall in love with the city and its unique culture!

We have all types of courses including business courses, internship, volunteering and many more! Courses offered for different age ranges and for all levels!  Students develop skills that they can immediately practise outside the classroom. Join us! 

Students at school in English class

Course Types, Dates & Prices 2017

To book your place on a program, the non-refundable application fee of $80 USD must be paid. Fees can be paid in USD or by credit card in any currency upon request.

Find the course that meets your interests:

Morning classes , from $155 to $260 USD per week 

Our morning classes for general English are offered at 7 levels from Beginner to Proficiency. You can book these classes Monday to Friday (General English 20) or Monday to Thursday (General English 16). Practice your reading and listening skills; develop your vocabulary and grammar, so that you can communicate more effectively and accurately; practice speaking and writing; use English to exchange ideas with people from other countries:

  • Course duration 1 - 48 weeks
  • Levels Newlands: Beginner (A1) to Advanced (C1)
  • City Centre: Beginner (A1) to Proficiency (C2)
  • Minimum age 17 years

Afternoon options

You can intensify your studies by adding afternoon options. We offer focus groups, English for Work, IELTS and TOEFL exam preparation as well as private lessons. Course options:

Semi-Intensive - 25 lessons a week, from $265 USD per week 

In the morning, you participate in the General English 20 Course (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can also participate in the General English 16 Course (Monday to Thursday). In the afternoon, you can add one Focus Group (5 lessons). These lessons take place either Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday.

Intensive - 30 lesson a week, from $300 USD per week

In the morning, you participate in the General English 20 Course (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can also participate in the General English 16 Course (Monday to Thursday). In the afternoon, you can add two Focus Groups (10 lessons). These lessons take place from Monday to Thursday.

Focus groups ad-on classes: Survival English, South African Culture, Listen Up, Around and About, Let's talk, Express Yourself

 English for Work - 30 lessons a week, from $350 USD per week 

This course is ideal for students who need to use English at work or in a business context. We recommend it for people who work in an English environment and for those who are seeking an international career. An Intermediate level or above is required. Elementary and Pre-intermediate students who need English for the workplace are advised to book private lessons.

IELTS & TOEFL Courses, $340 USD per week

Experienced teachers, small class sizes and personal attention to all students ensure the best possible preparation for the exam.

  • General English 20 + IELTS or TOEFL 
  • Lessons (50 minutes) / week 30 lessons (25hrs) 
  • Starting dates Every 4 weeks
  • Course duration 4 or 8 weeks 
  • Levels Upper Intermediate (B2) to Proficiency (C2)

Cambridge Courses ,  prices on request

We offer preparation courses for FCE, CAE and CPE:

  • Course duration 10 weeks, 9 weeks in January 
  • Levels Strong Intermediate (B1+) to Proficiency (C2)

Private lessons , prices on request

Private lessons are available both halfday and full-day. 

Study Year, from $230 USD a week 

If you study 24 weeks or longer, we put a study programme together based on your individual needs. An advisor will regularly meet with you to discuss your progress. Our Study Year students enjoy a number of further advantages like reduced course fees.

Combine your course with  Internship, $250 USD - one-time internship placement fee 

Internships are a great way to gain insight into a work environment. They provide an opportunity for you to work in the professional field you have trained / studied in and, ideally, in which you also have work experience.

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Relevant qualifications or work experience
  • CV/Motivation letter
  • Statement of results (mid-term & final term)
  • You will be placed at a local company
  • You will work in your professional field
  • The work is unpaid
  • The minimum duration is 8 weeks
  • You can choose from a wide variety of professional fields
  • You must add one of the English courses 

Combine your course with  Volunteering,  from $300 USD per week

Through our sister company, we organise a comprehensive volunteer programme. We off er projects in and around Cape Town, along the Garden Route, up in the Kruger Park area as well as in other parts of South Africa and Namibia. Extend your stay in South Africa and combine your language course with volunteering.

  • The minimum age of 17 and 21 depending on the project 
  • If you are not an English native speaker: have a minimum level of Upper Intermediate [B2]. If your level is lower, we recommend doing an English language course before you volunteer
You can choose the volunteering project among the following categories:
1. Social volunteering - if you love working with kids or with elderly people, this section is where you will find the perfect project for you.
2. Conservation volunteering - working with wild animals and nature conservation is what you will find in this group of volunteer projects. 
3. Medical volunteering - if you have experience in the medical field, then this might interest you. 
4. Farm stays - stay on a South African farm and learn how to grow organic food. In addition, you experience South African farm life. 
5. Voluntourism - in this section, we have grouped projects that allow you to learn about nature or communities, but also include lots of fun. 

Introduction: Welcome!

We take your study goals seriously and support you in getting there. Our classes are highly intensive due to the small number of students in each class. And our South African teachers hold internationally recognised qualifications and are fully committed to go the extra mile for you.

Why choose us

We offer a unique learning experience that is highly efficient, fun and affordable. What makes our English language courses so popular?  

  • personal attention 
  • friendly, competent staff 
  • a relaxed yet challenging learning environment  
  • two schools in excellent locations  
  • upmarket facilities
  • our classes are small (6 to 10 students on average)
  • each lesson takes 50 minutes
  • 1-10 students per class (minimum/maximum)
  • 7 levels all year round
  • start of class: any Monday
  • our teachers all have a CELTA or Delta qualification
  • we use the latest methodologies
  • we are internationally accredited by EAQUALS and IALC 

At our school, you can expect stylish premises in safe and convenient locations where you can learn English in a welcoming and quiet environment. Our classrooms are great places for study, with lots of natural light, lots of space and large desks.

We offer you a choice of two locations
1. City Center Campus, learn English in the heart of the city
The City Centre school is located in the heart of Cape  Town, in the pedestrian walkway of St George’s Mall,  where students can feel the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the multicultural blend the city is so well known for. Shops, restaurants, banks and other amenities are all close by and the main train station is a 5-minute walk away. All major tourist attractions - including The Waterfront (a popular entertainment area), beaches and Table Mountain - can be reached by  public transport within approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Located in the city centre, on a pedestrian  walkway 
  • Quiet surroundings 
  • Large classrooms with natural light 
  • Air conditioned 
  • Close to public transport 
  • Restaurants, shops within walking distance 
  • Free coffee and tea 
  • Free Wifi and computers for Internet access
2.  Newlands Campus, learn English in an upmarket suburb
The Newlands school is located in an upmarket residential  area where students can study in a quiet, relaxed environment. There are shopping centres, restaurants and banks within easy walking distance. All major tourist attractions, including popular beaches and the city centre, can be reached by Metrorail. 
  • Located in an upmarket residential area 
  • Quiet surroundings 
  • Close to public transport 
  • Natural light in all classrooms 
  • Large garden with pool 
  • Large selection of host families 
  • Campus accommodation available 
  • Within walking distance of the Student House 
  • Restaurants, shops and sport facilities within walking distance 
  • Free coffee and tea 
  • Free Wifi and computers for Internet access
Our biggest asset is our staff members. They are the ones who make it all happen. Our team is highly motivated and well qualified. The admin team will support you in all aspects of trip – from advice on getting visas to finding you suitable accommodation. 
Our English teachers are all proudly South African, well-experienced, highly qualified (CELTA and Delta) and, even more importantly, they love teaching.

Academic Details
  • Courses are based on a four-week cycle
  • Students can start any Monday, but we strongly recommend starting on the official starting dates
  • Beginners can start on the official starting dates only
  • All courses, except the Cambridge Course (Newlands only) and General English Proficiency level (City Centre only), are offered at both centres
  • Students can borrow a course book (with a refundable deposit) or can buy a course book
  • Students receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course (excluding students missing more than 10% of their lessons) 
  • A course report outlining the student’s progress is issued for courses of 4 weeks or longer
Included in the course fees

  • Course as booked
  • Placement test
  • Information pack
  • Coursebooks for rent
  • WiFi
  • Certain activities
  • Certificate
  • Course report for courses of  4 weeks or longer

Extra fee

  • $35 USD - accommodation placement fee (includes accommodation, meals as booked, bedding; homestay only: towels; residences only: Wifi).
  • $40 USD - airport transfer on arrival or departure
  • $90 USD -visa courier fee (only applicable if you need to apply for a visa)

English language class in Cape Town
English language school in Cape Town, South Africa
Students after class at school
English language class at school
Students on social activities

Optional Accommodation

You will feel comfortable and relax!

HOMESTAY, HOMESTAY-PLUS, from $170 to $265 USD per week
Staying with a host family is a very useful addition to your language course. With them, you can practice your newly acquired skills while learning more about the country and its people. Also, South African host families are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. So it’s no surprise that most students choose a host family.  Options: 
  • single or double room 
  • shared or private bathroom 
  • breakfast and dinner meals plan
HOMESHARE, $165 USD per week
In contrast to a host family where the student is included in the daily life of the family, homeshare allows the independent student an opportunity to share a home without any obligations.
  • single room
  • shared bathroom
  • self-catering
NEWLANDS CAMPUS, $255 USD per week 
Newlands Campus accommodation is situated right next to the school in Newlands. It is an upmarket house on a large property with a garden, a swimming pool and a veranda.  
The campus accommodation is beautifully decorated and there is a self-catering kitchen and a large communal area. One of our staff members is permanently staying at the property and available for assistance when needed.
  • shared room  
  • shared bathroom  
  • self-catering
Located in Observatory, a popular student area; very close to many pubs, restaurants & night spots.  If you prefer to be independent, want to mix with other students, socialise easily and want to practise your newly acquired knowledge of English at a bar rather than with a host family, then this is for you. The student residence is ideal for the 17 to 25 age group.
  • single room  
  • shared bathroom  
  • self-catering
A private house with a garden and a swimming pool - ideal for long-term stays. Being the most affordable form of accommodation, it is usually the choice of our younger, long-term students. In addition there are also volunteers staying there.  The Student House is ideal for 17 to 25 year olds.
  • shared room   
  • shared bathroom   
  • self-catering
  • minimum stay is 4 weeks 

Activities: Enjoy your stay in Cape Town

Our activity programme is an excellent opportunity to meet other students and learn more about Cape Town and its surroundings.

About Cape Town
Cape Town may not be the most obvious place to go and learn English, but think about this: which destination offers you first-class service in every respect at a very reasonable price? Which destination can offer you more hours of sunshine than the Bahamas throughout the year? Which destination has often been named the most beautiful city in the world? Exactly, the answer to each question is Cape Town.

What Cape Town has to offer 
  • Much lower cost of living than other language travel destinations
  • Mild weather all year round
  • World-renowned natural beauty
  • Extremely friendly people
  • Very clear English is spoken
  • Modern infrastructure
  • A young and vibrant city

Social Club
Our Social Club organises a number of activities per week. You will be given the schedule upon registration and you can book your favourite activities online.  
The activities are a great way to visit all the must-see places in Cape Town and surroundings. Our social club is also a great place to get to know your fellow students socially. Most importantly, however, it is a great opportunity to practice your newly-acquired language skills.

These are some of the many ways to make your trip special:
  • Drive along Table Mountain or up Signal Hill and enjoy the sunset over the sea
  • Visit some of the many wine farms and do some wine-tasting. Some farms even offer a picnic lunch. A must! 
  • Have a picnic at Camps Bay beach
  • Hike up Table Mountain. You start at either Kirstenbosch (about 3 hours) or at the lower cableway station (1,5 hours)
  • Go horse-riding along Noordhoek beach. Don't worry if you have never been on a horse before
  • Watch the whales at Hermanus (July to October)
  • Visit the District Six museum
  • Enjoy the sunset at Blue Peter in Bloubergstrand
  • Keep your eyes open. You will find many more things to make your trip special!
Home stay
Student Residence
Student/Volunteer house
Newlands campus

Introduction: Study English in Cape Town 


1st Campus: Language School in the City Centre


2nd Campus: Language School in Newlands


Students on the trip
Students on the weekend trip
Social activities
Day trip
Volunteer project with children
Surfing Smiles, volunteer project
Special Needs Care Centre, volunteering
Volunteering in teaching centre

Student/Volunteer House Accommodation


Volunteer with children in the Garden Route: Protecting Children


Make a difference in conservation: Cape Nature Conservation



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