You will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.
From Heathrow or Gatwick, an easy - and certainly the cheapest - way to get to Bristol is by bus.
From Bristol airport, you can take a public taxi. It takes 20 minutes and costs approximately £25.00.
We also offer a transfer service. For more information about getting to Bristol have a look at our website here.
All courses are full-time. They include 28 lessons (21 hours in class) + daily homework + 4 hours' optional supervised self study + 2 hours of optional language activities including Conversation Club, Job Club, Friday Film Club and guest speakers.
Your teacher will interview you on a regular basis to check that everything is going well. If you wish, you can also arrange additional private lessons.
For full information about courses, click here.
There is the cost of the course (tuition fees) and the cost of your accommodation. There is also a registration fee and a materials fee. For details, please click here.
Of course, don’t forget your pocket money. We suggest £70.00 a week if you are staying in a homestay or £100.00 if you are in self-catering accommodation. Of course if you like shopping, bring more! Have a look at our useful pre-arrival information for more advice.
The most popular exams are the IELTS and Cambridge exams. There are also some other exams which you can prepare for during the supervised self-study periods. Please click here for more information.
If you cancel your booking before your course starts, your deposit is non-refundable.
If you stop your course early, the school will not refund your tuition fees. However, the school will refund your accommodation fees in full, provided you give 2 full weeks' notice. Click here for full information on our terms and conditions.
You can take a holiday if you are enrolled on a course of 20 weeks or more and if you have been in the school for at least 10 weeks. Only one holiday is permitted every 12 weeks. If you want to take a holiday you must give us two full weeks’ notice. It is not possible to refund tuition fees, however, the holiday period can be added to the end of your course, if this is convenient with the school and within your visa requirements. For full information, please click here.
With a population of around 450,000 and two major universities, Bristol is the second largest city in the South of England after London, which is two hours away by train.
Bristol has topped several polls in recent years including:
Bristol International Airport has flights to more than 125 destinations. As well as making it easy to get here, it offers a great opportunity for you to visit other European destinations.
Have a look at some photos and the Bristol video.
Most of our accommodation is located within walking distance of the school, so usually, you will not have to take public transport.
Of course, if you wish, you can make your own arrangements. Click here for more information.
No, you don’t. The cost of a course book and materials is included in the materials fee. You get one free course book every 12 weeks, supplementary teaching materials, a leaving certificate and access to Guided e-Learning from the moment you enrol and for 3 months after you leave the school.
There is an average of 172 students in the school from 25 different countries. The average age of the students is 23. Last year, 15% of our students were over 30. The school has a ‘university type’ atmosphere. It is not a business centre.
We do not accept large groups, under 16s or part-time students.
For more information about our student numbers and usual nationality mix, please click here
ELC Bristol cannot organise your insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out Student Travel Insurance before you come to the UK. Insurance should cover the loss of your fees and flights in case of cancellation or curtailment (shortening your course), medical expenses, personal injury, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and the loss of personal belongings and money.