St Giles International was founded in 1955 and is one of the largest and most successful international English language training organisations in the world. Winner of the Language Travel Magazine award for Best English Language School in 2006, and shortlisted again every year since, we have a reputation for providing the highest quality teaching and service at very reasonable prices. Year-round Adult Colleges give unbeatable choice in some of the worlds' best known language travel destinations. UK: Brighton / Eastbourne / London Central / London Highgate; USA: San Francisco / New York ; Canada: Vancouver; Brazil: Campinas Our residential Summer Camps for Juniors (8-18 years) offer high quality package programme, in a safe secure environment. UK: Canterbury King's / Canterbury King's Juniors / Nottingham / Cambridge/ London / Southampton; USA: New York / San Francisco /San Diego / Florida / Harvard / Yale / Philadelphia; Canada: Toronto / Vancouver; COURSES INCLUDE: General English / Examination Preparation / International Semester Courses / Platinum Courses for professionals / Vacation courses / Junior summer camps / Courses for Teachers of English / English for special purposes / English plus Work Experience (unpaid). STUDENT SERVICES INCLUDE: Accommodation in families (homestay), residence halls and hotels / Lively programme of social and cultural activities for students after classes and at the weekend / Airport transfers / Academic counselling and university placement service.
In 2015, St Giles International was awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade.
Our General English courses are designed to help you communicate more effectively and confidently in everyday situations. This course is ideal if you want to improve your English skills in a short amount of time and study from between 1 and 23 weeks. Your lessons will focus on improving your confidence and your speaking and listening skills.
After you take a General English course at St Giles, you should:
• be able to speak with greater confidence and fluency with an increased vocabulary
• have developed your listening, reading and writing skills
• have a greater understanding of the grammatical structure of English
General English Group
Group classes offer you the best value for money and the opportunity to benefit from interaction with other language learners from all over the world. Our maximum class size is 12, which ensures that you will have personal attention from your teacher. You can choose to take either 28 lessons per week for an intensive programme to help you maximise your progress, or 20 lessons per week (in the mornings or afternoons) if you would like to have more free time during your stay. There is also a 22 lesson per week option in the USA for students on an F1 Student Visa. You can also choose to increase your progress during your stay by taking 5 or more additional One-to-one lessons per week.
General English for Beginners
This English course of 2 - 4 weeks is carefully designed to deliver essential language skills in a supportive learning environment. It is suitable for students with little or no English Language knowledge and teaches basic grammar and vocabulary, as well as speaking and listening skills. Students will practise everyday English from the beginning of the course, which will improve their
communication skills and boost their confidence. After completing the General
English for Beginners course, students can progress onto a longer General English or International Semester Course at A1 (Elementary) level. You can also choose to increase your progress during your stay by taking 5 or more additional One-to-one lessons per week.
General English One-to-one
Choose One-to-one lessons if you want to develop your skills in a short amount of time and benefit from lessons designed for your needs. You can choose how many lessons you would like each week. In the lessons you can focus on developing your fluency, learn special vocabulary or prepare for an examination. One-to-one lessons can also be combined with any group programme to maximise progress and experience both a tailored programme and the dynamics of group lessons.
Our Examination Courses offer you preparation for a choice of internationally recognised English examinations. We offer preparation courses for Cambridge English (FCE, CAE,CPE), IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.
Cambridge English Examination Courses
Cambridge English examinations are taken by many thousands of
learners each year, and accepted internationally by employers and
educational institutions. St Giles offers preparation for First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE) exams at all year-round centres and Proficiency (CPE) exams in Brighton,
London Central, San Francisco and New York City. Courses start 4 or 5 times each year (depending on the centre) and last for between 4 and 13 weeks (depending on the centre and time of year). The courses lead up to various examination dates throughout the year. Our centres in Eastbourne, San Francisco and New York are Cambridge English test centres so you can take the exam at the school at the end of your course. It is also possible to take the exam at London Central as the London Exam Centre runs exam sessions in our school building for St Giles students. These courses can either be taken on their own, or as part of an International Semester Course. The programme will include test techniques and strategies for your chosen examination and will also help you
improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
By the end of any examination preparation course at St Giles you should:
• have taken or be ready to take an internationally recognised exam
• have developed independent study and exam skills
• have improved your English level and confidence using the language
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) is an internationally recognised examination. It is the entry requirement for universities in the
UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and is also recognised by
international employers. St Giles Brighton offers an 8 or 12 week preparation course with set start dates throughout the year.Students studying in Eastbourne,
London Central, London Highgate and Vancouver can take 4 (or more) weeks of IELTS preparation with weekly start dates (or set dates in Vancouver). The course offers 20 lessons per week in the mornings of IELTS preparation with the option to add 8 afternoon General English lessons per week.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most popular exam for North American English, and the preferred English language qualification and entry requirement for universities in the USA and Canada. St Giles offers a 4 week course for the TOEFL exam at our Vancouver and Brighton centres and a course of 6 weeks in San Francisco and New York. Please see our Course Dates and Prices for more information. TOEFL examinations are held regularly throughout the year and St Giles can help students to book their exams. New York and San Francisco are test centres for the exam, so if there are available
dates during your stay you can also take the exam at the school.
The Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC, is an internationally recognised English language examination designed to test the
everyday English skills of people who use English in the workplace. There are two papers: Speaking & Writing, and Reading & Listening. St Giles offers a preparation course of 4 weeks with 2-4 starting dates per year. You can prepare for the Reading & Listening paper at our US centres and for both papers at our Vancouver centre. Both US centres are also test centres for the examination.
Our Business English course is a 4-week intensive programme available at St Giles Vancouver. The course is designed for students who want to improve
their Business English using core business skills. This is a project based programme with exceptional feedback from students.
Topics will include the following:
• Business vocabulary and terms
• Understanding cultural
• The language of Marketing &
• Negotiating in English
The course can be taken as a module on an International Semester Course.
The University Pathway Programme (UPP) at St Giles Vancouver is designed to help students prepare for future study at a university in Canada. To succeed at an English-speaking university or college in Canada, you will need to develop not only your English skills but also your academic skills. The 16-week UPP course covers English skills, academic skills and examination preparation. It also include community volunteer project. Each element of the course is carefully designed for successful integration into Canadian university life. The University Pathway Programme is unique in that it includes community focus tasks during the Volunteer Projects which foster social skills development. Throughout the course students will also have individual academic counselling, career guidance and assistance with applications to their chosen universities.
Platinum Courses are designed for professionals, executives and mature learners looking to enhance their language ability and skills in a short amount of time. All courses are tailored to meet the needs of the clients. Platinum courses are available in our dedicated Platinum Centres in Brighton, London Central, New York City, San Francisco and Vancouver.
• A choice of small group courses
(up to 5 per class), tailor made one-to-one classes, or a combination of the two
• Lessons tailored for your needs
• A focus on quick progress and achieving your objectives
• High quality teaching and support from experienced English trainers, some with
When you book a Platinum Course at St Giles, we will send you a link to our online pre-course questionnaire. This is designed to find out what you need and want from your time with us. We then use this to design the programme for you. We adapt group courses to address the needs of all clients in the class, whilst one-to-one lessons will be tailored specifically for you.
Group classes will commonly include English skills for:
• Social Situations
• Written Communications
Clients taking one-to-one classes can choose to have training in English for Special Purposes such as Aviation, Law, Finance, Journalism, the Military, Human Resources and Medicine. For busy clients, we can also offer
flexible training with in-company
The Platinum Centres are separate from the rest of the school, offering an exclusive place to study, relax and network with other professionals. They
feature modern classrooms with the latest equipment and resources, as well as comfortable and relaxing Platinum lounges. Our Platinum lounges offer you
a warm and friendly welcome from our Platinum staff, business facilities including free Wi-Fi, and complimentary refreshments. Platinum Living Outside the classroom we invite you to participate – along with your classmates and language
trainers – in social and cultural activities every week, giving you the chance to further improve your skills in a relaxed social environment. One complimentary social programme activity will be offered to you every two weeks. One-to-one clients also enjoy a complimentary three-course lunch with their trainer at the end of their course. We also offer you a choice of carefully selected accommodation. For Platinum clients, we particularly recommend Superior Homestay (with the option to have a private bathroom at most centres) or our choice of Hotels and Guest Houses.
Founded in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence ranking 2nd in Canada and 40th worldwide. Nestled in acres of beautiful gardens, with a regional park next door and the Pacific Ocean within walking distance, UBC is a beautiful setting for a summer programme.
UBC offers students a modern university experience with onsite residential accommodation of an extremely high standard. The campus also boasts fantastic sporting facilities, the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, an award winning Arts Centre, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. All of this is only 15 minutes away from the city.
Our programme offers student the chance to experience the best of Vancouver and British Columbia. During their stay, all students will enjoy 2 full-day and 2 half-day excursions per week.
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