‘It was far from disappointing’ says Carlos!

It was the best holiday I had ever been on. I had never been to Europe before. Before going there I kept my expectations low because I didn’t want to get disappointed. It was far from disappointing! I met people from around the world; I visited Wales, Scotland, London, Berlin. It was absolutely amazing and of course I learned tons of chunks of the English language at EC Bristol. In the beginning, I felt that I had plenty of time, I mean ten weeks sounds like a lot, but in reality time has really flown and I don’t know where it went, seeing people coming and leaving every week was a bit odd but I got used to it. I’m very pleased with my trip to the UK especially because of the people I met at EC Bristol. I’ll definetely miss my Host parents and Manuela!

‘Being in EC Bristol is like having a new family’ says Gabriela

First, I have to say thank you so much EC Bristol.  When I arrived in Bristol, I thought that I would speak and understand the English language very well within three months.  Actually, it was impossible in my situation! I started to study in a low level, but now I’m in Upper Intermediate, after a lot of effort and perseverance! I feel very confident every morning when I’m going to study in EC because there is a nice atmosphere starting with Stella (Student Services Coordinator), the teachers, my friends (the students), and Dan (Centre Director). About the teachers, I can say that I was very lucky with them; they are really professional, sensitive and friendly. They always have the answer, a friendly manner and a smile for each one of us. I am a nurse and I am constant with my aims/goals. My goal is to improve my English language level. I believe in myself, so I’ve seen my improvements, step-by-step. With hard work, I did it! Being in EC Bristol is like having a new family, a new language, and a new culture. You can meet people from all over the world!  I’m going to keep in touch with many friends from Asia, South America, Libya, Switzerland, Italy, etc. I love Bristol! I have a lot of good memories of my teachers, the lessons, and especially of my friends. To sum up, I recommend EC Bristol if you want to learn English and live in the UK. The last few months have been very fruitful for me. Thank you EC!

My experience in Bristol by Francisco

With a few weeks before the end of my English course in the city of Bristol in the UK, I’d like to say and explain how I have felt during the last 6 months. This amazing experience started on 29th June 2015. I’ll never forget my first day at EC Bristol! At first, I was a little bit nervous and anxious but after a few hours I realised that it would be an amazing experience, here, in EC Bristol because they have very good teachers and cool activities so that it is enough to learn and to set a good English level. I started with a poor English level, but I think that my speaking skills have improved a lot. However, I think that my grammar skills have improved the most. Also, I have made a lot of progress in the listening and writing parts. Fortunately, not all has been studying, I also have had the opportunity of traveling around the UK and Europe, I have visited amazing countries and that makes me happy because I love traveling. Finally, I will go back home to continue studying business administration and to create my own business with my family. For this reason, English is very important so I’m going to be grateful to EC forever.

Flor shares her experience at EC Bristol!

                    My agent in Mexico recommended Bristol and I think it was an excellent option because it is a beautiful city and also convenient to travel because many important cities are not so far from here.   The school met my expectations, the facilities are comfortable and well-equipped and the teachers are very professional. I took the courses of Advanced General English, Work and Business and Preparation for the CAE and all of them were suitable and covered my needs. I made good friends from Japan, Korea, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Oman and Switzerland. My host-family was very kind and hospitable and made me feel as I were at home. Thanks EC Bristol!  

‘I enjoyed every single day in EC Bristol’

For three months I have been in the best city to live in: Bristol. There you can walk on the Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge. I enjoyed every single day in EC Bristol. All of the team is friendly. I improved my English a lot with various tasks: looking after students, being the activity’s leader and supporting my colleagues.   Thank you!

Lara & the must-see Clifton Suspension Bridge

When you think about Bristol the first thing that comes into your mind is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it is as symbolic as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in NY. So, how to leave the city without visiting this must-see?! In fact, this could be the perfect plan on a Sunday morning. First of all, make sure you choose a sunny day to enjoy the landscape to the fullest and then try to convince a group of friends to make your excursion more entertaining. This place is located on the outskirts of the city, just 10 minutes by bus from the centre and around 30 if you choose to go there on foot. The environment is really nice, in the middle of the nature, and once there, up on the bridge when you look down, the views are breathtaking. There is also a restaurant nearby, “White Lion”; from its terrace you can contemplate the landscape while eating a Sunday roast, one of the most typical meals in England. After lunch you can have a walk around Clifton village, which has some nice shops, cafes and interesting buildings like the Royal York Crescent. If you wish to improve your English in an English-speaking country and have fun at the same time, check out our EC Bristol website.

‘I can highly recommend EC’ says Mariana

Mariana Carvalho comes straight from Brazil. She chose the city of Bristol to study and improve her English. Read below her great feedback about her experience in Bristol. I’ve been on Bristol for almost two months now and all I can say is that it has been a fantastic experience. The school, the people, my host family and all the great places nearby that I have visited already. The difference between learning English in your own country or in an English speaking one is huge. You can learn all day, not only at school and you’ll be able to learn more about yourself, changing into someone more confident and responsible by being far away from home. When it comes to school, I can highly recommend EC, not only because of the learning itself, that is great by the way, but also because of the trips to many different places where you can go in a big group and have a great time with all of them.
The latest trip was to Manchester and Liverpool, it couldn’t have been better. We all had a great time on the streets, at the tourist spots, museums and at Old Trafford, obviously. All I can say now is that there will be difficult moments in your day to day life. You’ll miss your family and friends but after a while it gets better. Enjoy your stay because some of your best memories can be made during your time abroad.   Find out more about English courses in Bristol!

Diego shares his feelings about EC Bristol!

Diego Meschini, who can speak French, German and English amazingly well, is currently studying at EC Bristol and would like to express his feelings about EC Bristol school. At the beginning I was just sure about the fact that I wanted to improve my English in the UK. Some friends of mine told me that Bristol is a lively city and after having been living here for 2 months I can’t agree more with that definition! Not only the city itself is really enjoyable, but also the school is interesting and really useful. The fact that lessons start at 9 o’clock and finish at 14:30 allow to participate at plenty of activities and trust me when I say that this is the best way to apply what you learn in the classroom. Now I’m in the CAE class and every time I learn something new, the teachers are following me in every moment and if I don’t understand something I just have to ask, for a precise answer. Of course there are homework to do and tests to pass, but as always, if you follow the rules everything is possible. In conclusion, I want to mention the most important thing, the ambience in the school is unbelievably fantastic and the staff is always interested about the fact that in the accommodation everything is fine. They provide a solution for every issue (if there’s one). Every day I’m in contact with other students and I have the opportunity to learn about their countries and habits, we go out together and every day is a good day to share new experiences.   Would you like to study English abroad? Why don’t you have a look at our EC website.  

A weekend away from Bristol – by Lena

Studying or working abroad always includes making new experiences, discovering unknown places and getting to know loads of new people. Discovering unknown places is one of my favourite things to do. During my internship in EC Bristol some friends and I decided to go to Durdle Door. We rented a car with EC and started our trip on early Saturday morning. Two and a half hours later we finally arrived! With its massive rock arch Durdle Door is a world famous geological wonder. It’s set right on the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Weymouth, just along the coast path from Lulworth Cove. We spent almost the whole day on the beach, walking along the coast and simply enjoying the countryside. It was the first time after a few years that I have been at the seaside and I just loved it. You just have to drive for two hours and it’s like being in a different ‘world’. We’ve just been there for a couple of hours but it felt like I’ve been on holiday! After a long and exhausting day we went back to the city centre of Bristol. It was almost the same feeling than when you’ve been on a holiday with your parents and you swum in the sea all day, running up and down the coast and just enjoying your free time.   I would highly recommend you to rent a car for one weekend and to discover places you haven’t been before, like the so-called Jurassic Coast!

Ozgur shares his first impressions about EC Bristol!

Ozgur Turhan, who comes from Turkey, is currently studying at EC Bristol for three months and would like to share his opinion. I decided to improve my English because it is really important for my job. So I decided to go to the UK because I always wanted to get to know more about the British culture and people. I just came here two weeks ago therefore I can’t really say how much I improved my English but I can feel that I’m on the right track. One of my favourite things to do while I’m staying at EC Bristol is to travel to other cities. International students are generally also interested in discovering other parts of the UK. and doing so with the school is the easiest way. I just got to know three teachers so far but from what I can say now I think they are the best teachers. They are always very kind and have a good sense of humour. I’m staying at King Square Residence and I met a lot of new friends from all over the world. People that I’ve met come from Spain, France or Switzerland. I really like it!