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Why learning English abroad is easier than you think

What is stopping you from learning English abroad?

We understand that learning English abroad can be a big step. It can be a large investment of time, effort and money, but the result can be massive: many people have life-changing experiences and change their future forever! 

Learning English abroad may seem like a daunting task, but it's actually easier than you think. The key is to find the right programme and school to fit your needs.

Studying abroad provides an immersive experience that can help you to quickly gain proficiency in the language. So if you're thinking about learning English, don't let your fears hold you back - we offer plenty of guidance and support systems to help you succeed.

Let's take a look at the most common concerns and our advice.


I'm unable to take too much time off work / I need to be able to continue working

We have schools on both coasts of the USA, across Canada, all over the UK, Malt, Ireland and Cape Town in South Africa - and we offer online classes with our EC Live offering.

Our Fast Track course in Cambridge, UK, offers personalised, flexible English programmes with hot desking space for those who need to work remotely.

In our New York school, we have morning and afternoon classes, so students can choose which timetable suits them best.

I'm not sure about visa requirements

We assist prospective students with the visa process. As soon as you have booked your course we will send you the documents you need for a hopefully smooth visa application. Whilst there are delays for some destinations, we have compiled the information you need, plus links for final clarification, so you can check your own scenario: EC Visa information

The total cost of a course, accommodation and living expenses

Prices change for courses based on duration and time of year – you can discuss your budget with our reservations team and they can guide you accordingly.

Some destinations are cheaper than others. Consider where you choose to study as some countries have more affordable costs of living. 

We offer various levels of accommodation so you can choose the option that best suits your budget. You can be independent and stay in a student residence with other students or you can choose to stay with a local family for a real cultural experience. 

Of course, we also have an online course called EC Live where you have the same multicultural classroom and course materials, delivered at a time that suits you. You can opt for one-to-one lessons on this platform too.

I'm not comfortable travelling alone

Nearly all of our students come to us alone. We know from our years of experience that students can be nervous and excited before a trip. That's why we have a whole procedure in place to make to get a warm welcome and you are integrated into school life as soon as possible. 

We will guide you through the process from pre-arrival with information packs containing all the documents you will need for immigration, and we can also collect you from the airport and take you to your EC accommodation. 

There is a welcome activity on the Sunday before your course starts where you will be other students and members of the EC team. You will be given instructions on how to arrive at the school on the Monday that your course begins.

Each evening there will be activities organised by the school; these are designed to be fun and give you chance to practice your English with other students from around the world and at different levels.

So don't let your concerns stop you from learning English abroad. With a little research and planning, you can find a programme that's right for you and that won't break the bank. And you'll make some great friends along the way!

Not sure which EC English course is right for you?

We offer a wide range of courses to help you meet your goals. Let us help you find your perfect English language course.

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