FAQ – English Courses in London
1. Where is Bloomsbury International?
Bloomsbury International is located in a central London neighbourhood called Bloomsbury in zone 1. The school is two minutes’ walk from Holborn underground station (Central and Piccadilly lines) and just a few minutes’ walk from the British Museum, Covent Garden and Oxford Street. Click here for a local map.
2. Where is the accommodation?
We offer various types of accommodation around London. Our Bloomsbury Student Residences are located in Archway (zone 2). We also offer external residences and homestay accommodation which are mostly located 30 – 60 minutes from the school by public transport. For more information, visit our accommodation pages.
3. Why are the course prices different for morning, afternoon and evening lessons?
The morning courses are much more in demand than the afternoon and evening courses, so we offer a reduced price for the afternoon and evening classes. The maximum class sizes and quality of teaching remain the same!
4. Do you offer part-time English courses?
Most of our students study for a minimum of 15 hours per week. However, it is possible to book an evening course or an electives course, for example, conversation and writing (7.5 hours per week). Please contact us for details.
5. Do you offer courses for children?
We run special courses for young learners throughout the year. Students under the age of 16 cannot join our standard adult classes. Visit our Young Learners course pages for more information.
6. How do you know what my level of English is?
We will assess your level on your first day, when you will complete a placement test and discuss your learning objectives with a member of our academic staff.
7. Can I change my course?
Yes, if you feel that you would benefit more from a different English course, all you need to do is to discuss this with your teacher and/or our Director of Studies and they will be happy to help you change your study plan. An administration fee may apply.
8. What should I do if my classes are too easy or difficult?
Please discuss this with your teacher and/or our Director of Studies, who will be happy to move you to a different level or suggest an alternative.
9. Where do the students come from?
Bloomsbury International is a truly international environment and studying with us will be your chance to make friends and contacts from many different countries. Our last check showed an average of 42 nationalities at one time!
10. How many students will be in my class?
The average number of students in a class is 12 and the maximum is 16. Our specialist classes have fewer students (please check the individual course pages).
11. Can I book a holiday during my course?
Visit our holiday request page to find out how much holiday you are allowed to book.
12. Will I receive a certificate at the end of my course?
All students whose attendance is satisfactory, at least 80%, receive a progress report and an end-of-course certificate showing their level of English.
13. How much will my course and accommodation cost?
Click here to see a full list of prices.
14. How can I pay?
Bank transfer, credit or debit card, Sterling cheque or cash if paying in person.
15. Can I open a bank account?
If you study for more than 6 months, yes. Click here for more information.
16. Who are the teachers?
Our teachers all hold internationally recognised English language teaching qualifications and inspectors have commented on the excellence of teaching at Bloomsbury International.
We strongly believe that continued professional development is the key to providing effective and interesting English lessons. Our teachers are sponsored to participate in further professional training, attend our weekly in-house seminars and all teachers are observed regularly by our academic management team. You will find our teachers passionate, enthusiastic and committed to their students’ learning.
17. Is Bloomsbury International accredited by the British Council?
Yes, we are accredited by the British Council, EAQUALS, ISI (the Independent Schools Inspectorate) and we are a member of English UK. We have recently received excellent inspection reports from EAQUALS and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Click here for more information about our accreditations.
18. What happens if I want to cancel my course?
For details regarding all cancellations, please read our terms and conditions.
19. Am I allowed to work in the UK?
Please refer to the UK government’s regulations at www.gov.uk.
20. Do I need a student visa to study in the UK?
If you are from a non-EU country, you may need to apply for a visa to be able to study in the UK. Visit our visa information page for more details.
21. Do I need travel insurance?
All our students must purchase travel insurance. Click here for more information.