FAQ's

From queries on schooling and courses to everyday concerns, you’ll find the answers to so many questions right here.

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General
What language is spoken in your schools?

All of our schools offer an immersive English language experience. English is the national language of the UK and Ireland and is the language used every day.

In Edinburgh and Dublin you may see some signs in the city that are dual language.

Do I need a passport to travel between Scotland and England?

England and Scotland are part of the same country so you do not need to show a passport when travelling between them. If you are flying you may need to show your passport at the airport for security.

What is the currency in the UK, Ireland and Canada?

In Ireland, the currency is Euro. In England and Scotland the currency is Pound Sterling and in Canada, the currency is Canadian Dollar.


Academic
When can I start my course?

Our Standard, Intensive and IELTS Prep courses start every Monday morning.

Cambridge, IELTS Express, Business English and Teacher Training courses have specific start dates and times during the year which they run.

What time does the schools building open?

Our schools buildings open at 08:30 Monday to Friday.

Our schools are not open at the weekend.

 

What are the class times?

In Dublin classes run Monday to Friday. They begin at 09:00 and end at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 20 minutes until 11.20.

For those taking the Intensive Course, Afternoon classes commence at 14:00 on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays and end at 16:00.

In the UK classes run Monday to Friday. They begin at 09:30 and end at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 30 minutes until 11:30.

For those taking the Intensive Course, afternoon classes commence at 14:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays and end at 16:30.

In Canada, the Standard courses from 09:00 – 12:15, Monday to Friday.  Intensive lessons are from 09:00 – 14:00, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 12:15 on Fridays.  Super Intensive classes run from 09:00 – 15:15, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 12:15 on Fridays.

How many are students are in each class?

There is a maximum of 14 students per class in Dublin, Worthing, Wimbledon, Leeds and Edinburgh.

There is a maximum of 9 students per class in Oxford and Worthing. Maximum class size in Toronto and Vancouver is 16.

Will the classes follow a textbook?

Lessons are developed by our academic team based on the needs of the students in their class. A weekly programme is posted up in the classrooms so that students are aware of the week’s goals.

A course textbook is used to provide structure for the lessons and this can be purchased from the school reception.

How will you decide which class I will be placed into?

All students will have the opportunity to sit a placement test on their first day at Centre of English Studies. This will look at your grammar, writing and speaking skills and is used by our academic teams to place you in the most appropriate class.

Will I be able to move up or down levels during my stay?

We offer a system of continuous assessment during your study and at the end of each week our academic team will discuss which students should move to a different level in order to maximise their language experience.

If you feel you are in the wrong level speak to your class teacher or to the Director of Studies.


Accommodation
Does Centre of English Studies provide accommodation?

At Centre of English Studies we can provide homestay accommodation at all seven of our centres. Our schools in Dublin, London, Leeds and Edinburgh can also offer residential accommodation.

Does accommodation include meals?

Homestay accommodation is provided on a half-board basis in Dublin, London, Oxford and Edinburgh. It is provided on a full-board basis in Worthing.

Is a laundry service included with homestay accommodation?

Your host family will assist you with your laundry during your stay. Most families will have their own laundry facilities rather than using a local laundrette.

Will my host family pick me up from the airport?

No. If you wish you can book an airport transfer on arrival through the school. You will be collected at the airport and taken directly to your host family.

You can also take public transport from the airports to the town and city centres.

Will I have access to the internet in my host family?

Yes. All of our host families offer internet connections. You will also find high speed wi-fi throughout all our school buildings.

Can I visit my host family before I get there?

No. Our families go through a strict and rigorous selection process. A member of our Accommodation team visit, and check each family before they are allocated students. 

We, here on the school Accommodation Team, will choose a family for you and place you with them. 

In CES we pride ourselves on placing our students with experienced and welcoming hosts who are happy to be a part of your learning  journey. 

Can I cook my own meals if I stay in homestay accommodation?

As standard it is the host families that will do the cooking, however many of them will be happy for you to cook the occasional meal if you ask beforehand. If you plan on cooking regularly you may prefer a self-catering option.

Who should I speak to if I have a problem with my accommodation?

All of our CES schools have a dedicated Accommodation Officer who will be happy to help with any accommodation issues.


Social Programme
Does Centre of English Studies offer a Social Programme?

Yes. Every CES school has a dedicated team of “Yellow Shirts” who organise daily social activities designed to allow you to experience the local area and to practice your English in a natural environment.

Weekly social programmes can be found in all of the common rooms and at reception.

Is the Social Programme free?

The social programme consists of a mix of free and paid activities. Normally there is one free activity every day.