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International House Aberdeen

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130 Union Street , Aberdeen (view map)
      

About International House Aberdeen


You will love our small, friendly English school in Scotland. It has around 70 students and everyone soon knows your name. The staff take the time to get to know you, listen to you, help you and teach you English.

Students are aged between 18-60, many preparing for entry to university, especially Robert Gordon and Aberdeen universities. You’ll be in a small class (on average 10 English students) so you learn English faster. You get to know people quickly, and make lots of friends which makes studying more fun.

You’ll also get to know the British culture – we’ll make sure you see lots and lots of beautiful Scotland. We’ll help you with everything, including accommodation and getting a visa.

Students come from all over the world – in a typical class of 10 students on an English course, you might find they come from 10 different countries. So you will go away with friends and useful contacts from across the globe.

Additional Services

  • Student counselling
  • Visa support

Accommodation

  • Host family accommodation
  • Student Residence

Work and Further Studies

  • Language and Au pair study
  • Work experience / internship with local companies

Activities

  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Geography
  • Hiking
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History
  • University student social events
  • Professional Sports events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

Courses

General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk


GENERAL ENGLISH - 15 HOURS
On the General English course you can expect the following:
- Imaginative, lively lessons with a wide variety of activities
- A strong emphasis on vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar
- Lots of natural communicative practice
- Course books plus authentic materials from the internet, newspapers, etc.
- Regular testing to assess progress


INTENSIVE ENGLISH – 21 HOURS
You can combine 15 hours of General English with one of the following options:
- 6 hours of Natural English (21 hours total)
- 6 hours of Academic IELTS (21 hours total)
- 6 hours of PET or FCE (21 hours total)


NATURAL ENGLISH COURSES – 6 HOURS
Would you like to build your confidence in speaking and understanding everyday English?

The Natural English class gives you lots of opportunities to practice your speaking skills and improve your fluency in real-life, everyday situations. No exams, no coursebooks – just lots of practice!


EVENING CLASSES: GENERAL ENGLISH
Evening Classes are a perfect part-time option for students who cannot attend day-time courses or who want to 'top up' their daytime studies.

How our General English Classes benefit YOU:
General English classes are designed to help improve your overall level of English - for work, study or every-day life. Enjoy lively lessons with a focus on vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar, There are a wide variety of activities included as part of the course and lots of natural communicative practice


50 + COURSES
Aberdeen has a lot to offer the mature student aged 50+. It’s a small, historical and very beautiful city, yet also calm and compact. You can explore the city on foot and enjoy a range of excellent eating and shopping options. Aberdeen is also the gateway to the Scottish Highlands! Stunning Castles, Whisky Distilleries, beautiful landscapes and coastline are all easy to reach.

The course includes (per week):
- 15 hours per week General English (Mornings)
- 3 hours per week English for Scottish Culture (Afternoons)
- 3 x Afternoon activities and 1 full day excursion

Study in our General English classes, 5 mornings per week. You'll study in a group for your English level and meet other students from all over the world. Our English for Scottish Culture is a special closed class for 50+ students only. This class is not just an English class - no grammar, no coursebooks - but fun interactive lessons. You will explore Scottish history, culture and customs and get a real insight into local Scottish life.


ENGLISH + AU PAIR PROGRAMME
Would you like to work in the UK? Would you like to improve your level of English? Would you like to discover UK culture and learn more about life in the UK? Then being an au pair could be the perfect solution!

This programme is designed for students who would like to combine an English course with living with a local family and assisting in their home. It's also a great way to live economically while you study!

Programme Structure:
You will study English at IH Aberdeen, 21 hours, 15 hours or 6 hours per week, and you will also work with your local up to 25 hours per week, plus 2 evenings of babysitting per week.

Depending on your schedule, there are a number of course options:
- 15 hours General English
- 21 hours Intensive English
- 6 hours Part Time options: Natural English, IELTS


JOB CLUB
What better way to improve your English than to find a job here in the UK!
The job club is free for IH Aberdeen students. It is a drop-in session every week, where you can get 1:1 support on:
- Where to look for work in Aberdeen;
- Writing a better CV or cover letter;
- Interview skills to help you perform better.

Only students who are EU/ EEA passport holders are permitted to do paid or voluntary work in the UK. There are a few exceptions, depending on your visa status so please check with us first.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge PET, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge KET, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CPE

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk


ACADEMIC IELTS – 6 HOURS
The Academic IELTS Preparation course is for students who wish to study at British universities and who need to achieve the entry requirements in English language (normally IELTS 6 for undergraduate and IELTS 6.5 for post-graduate courses).

The course teaches exam techniques to help you achieve your maximum potential in the IELTS exams and also offers regular practice tests to assess your progress.


FCE / CAE INTENSIVE
Summer is a great to time to study in Aberdeen, with warm temperatures and long summer days. The school is lively, with students from all over the world but it's a calm place to study, so you can enjoy Scotland while preparing for FCE or CAE exam.

In your course you will focus on all exam skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing and use of English. The course also includes focus on exam technique exam practice.

English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students


UNIVERSITY PREPARATION COURSES AND ACADEMIC ENGLISH TRAINING – 25 hours
The Pre-university 25 hour course combines 15 hours of General English with Academic IELTS (6 hours) and Academic Skills (4 hours)

Academic Skills is a ‘top-up’ for anyone already doing the IELTS class:
- Extra help and focus on the 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- The writing element focuses on essay writing and dealing with all IELTS writing question types.
- The speaking element includes presentation skills and listening includes lecture extracts and short talks.
- Also included is more exam practice, to help you pass with success!

English online

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: One-to-One


ONLINE LESSONS
You can now enjoy all the benefits of being an IH Aberdeen student - but from the comfort of your own home or office! IH Aberdeen's new Video Lessons programme, allows you to get the benefit of 1-1 English tuition via Skype. The programme is especially useful to students who would like to focus on very specific aspects of English learning.

What can I study?
Video lessons are a tailor-made option, with lessons designed to suit your needs. As such, you can focus on any aspect of your choice. This can include:
- General English
- Exam Preparation for IELTS or Cambridge Exams
- English for Business Communication
- English for Specific Purposes
- English for the Energy industries
- English for Business Communication
- English for Aviation
- English for Law
- English for Finance & Accounting
- English for Management
…and much more.


ENGLISH FOR OFFSHORE WORKERS – FLEXIBLE PROGRAMME
If you work offshore or have an unpredictable work schedule, it can be difficult to commit to study on a regular basis. The flexible English for Offshore Workers Programme could be a solution for you. The programme is a part-time option for people who work offshore and would like to be able to improve their English with a course that suits their schedule. The flexible programme would also suit anybody from any industry with an unpredictable work schedule.

How the course works
The flexible English for Offshore Workers Programme is designed so that whether you are offshore or onshore, you can still follow a part-time English course at IH Aberdeen.

The course is a part-time option which is designed to fit your work schedule. It combines IH Aberdeen’s English Evening Classes with Online Tuition via Skype to ensure that you don’t miss out on classes while you are offshore.

Option 1 includes:
- 6 weeks of English Evening Classes at IH Aberdeen (4 hours per week, 2 times per week, Monday & Wednesday, 18:00 – 20:00)
- 4 hours of 1:1 Tuition via Skype (1 hour per week)

Option 2 includes:
- 4 weeks of English Evening Classes at IH Aberdeen (4 hours per week, 2 times per week, Monday & Wednesday, 18:00 – 20:00)
- 4 hours of 1:1 Tuition via Skype (1 hour per week)

Professional English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk


COMBINATION COURSES
These courses allow you to join a General English group course in the mornings (Monday-Friday, 3 hours of 60 minutes/hour) PLUS a number of hours of 1-1 tuition with an experienced English teacher in your particular field of interest. This includes:
- English for the Energy industries
- English for Business
- English for Aviation
- English for Law
- English for Industry
- English for Tourism & Hospitality
- English for Literature
- English for Medicine

Your 1-1 English classes take place in the afternoons or evenings, at a time to suit your personal schedule.


ENGLISH FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
As Scotland is the energy capital of Europe, it makes sense to study English for the energy industries here in Aberdeen. This course is essential for people who work, or plan to work, in the oil, gas, and renewable energy industries.

The syllabus can be designed to suit your needs. We can focus on practical topics such as presentation skills and/or include industry specific vocabulary, products and procedures, and health and safety vocabulary.

Course options:
- Combination Course (+ General English)
- 1:1 Only


TECHNICAL ENGLISH FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Scotland is experiencing an energy boom, centred around Aberdeen – Europe’s energy capital. Because of the local oil & gas industry in Aberdeen, there are many opportunities for professionals who want to improve their English and gain professional language skills within this sector.

IH Aberdeen is delighted to announce a specialist 4 week (30 hours per week) intensive programme of technical English training for oil and gas professionals. The programmes are designed in collaboration with CARFAX (www.carfax-education.com), an established international technical and specialist English Training company.

All courses are designed to offer in-depth English-language training with a highly technical and specific focus. The courses will utilise local industry experts and trainers.

This programme is ideal for:
- oil and gas industry professionals who wish to improve their technical English
- professionals wishing to enter the lucrative oil and gas industry job market in Aberdeen;
- Students preparing for university study at one of Aberdeen’s prestigious universities, both of which offer a wide range of oil-industry related degree options.

Each 4 week course will comprise:
- 15 hours General English each morning, taught by IHA’s highly qualified and experienced teaching staff.
- 15 hours of Technical English for the Oil and Gas Industry in the afternoons: The technical course will be delivered by CARFAX’s experienced industry specialists who specialise in programmes targeted at specific professions within the energy sector.

Overview Of Courses:
Course 1 - Oil and Gas Business Management
Course 2 - Petroleum Geology
Course 3 - Oil and Gas Engineering



Tailor made English courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk


BILDUNGSURLAUB
IH Aberdeen offers Bildungsurlaub recognition for a number of German states. German employees in certain states of Germany have the right to 5-10 paid days of educational leave per year. The rules and conditions differ in each German state for the number of days allowed for educational leave and the minimum number of lessons required to qualify for Bildungsurlaub.

German students wishing to study on a Bildungsurlaub course at IH Aberdeen can study on our Intensive English for Bildungsurlaub course. See the timetable below for the course structure.

In addition, the following standard IH Aberdeen courses can meet Bildungsurlaub requirements:
- Intensive English (21 hours per week)
- Intensive English + IELTS (21 hours per week)

Any additional hours required for Bildungsurlaub recognition will be made up of Guided Self Study, which it set by a teacher.


ONE-TO-ONE CLASSES
We can tailor-make a course based on the student’s individual requirements based on a thorough needs analysis. Please contact us for further information


CORPORATE ENGLISH TRAINING
IH Aberdeen has a lot of experience in creating bespoke English training solutions to local companies from many sectors.

We have the expertise to help - whether it’s providing tailor-made one-to-one private lessons for senior executives to specially-designed group lessons for overseas trainees, or even English conversation classes for spouses and families.

Whatever your industry, or however specific the subject area is, we can provide cost effective and flexible solutions for you. We can provide classes either at our city centre premises, or off-site at your premises, with hours to fit your busy work schedule.

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk


FCE / CAE INTENSIVE
Summer is a great to time to study in Aberdeen, with warm temperatures and long summer days. The school is lively, with students from all over the world but it's a calm place to study, so you can enjoy Scotland while preparing for FCE or CAE exam.

In your course you will focus on all exam skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing and use of English. The course also includes focus on exam technique exam practice.

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