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At Kings, our approach to English is focused entirely on what you want to achieve. Whether that’s English for further study, for work or just for fun — you’ll succeed with Kings.

Learning English the Kings way also means we put just as much energy into making your life outside class happy, comfortable and inspiring.

We are investing in some of the very best residential accommodation available to international students. Our activities and social programme ensures you will always have something to do, somewhere new to see, someone new to call a friend.

When you choose a language course, you are making a big investment — in your time, your money and your future. So you need to be sure that you will get the very best return from that investment — whether you need English for work, for study, or for pleasure.

The six-part Kings Advantage sums up how we take care of your total language learning experience. It ensures all the elements are in place so that you are sure to have the skills, the experiences and the outcome you need for your life after Kings.

All our UK Colleges are registered as independent schools with the UK Government Department for Education. Our UK Colleges are accredited by the British Council and we are a member of English UK.

What Makes Us Different?

Your quality guarantee

  • We’re accredited and inspected by the official industry inspection bodies
  • Kings Oxford is an IELTS® Test Centre
  • We have been named a Centre of Excellence by EL Gazette
  • All this means we are confident of offering every student our Learning Progress Guarantee.

Innovative, results-focused courses

  • Courses for General English, specialist exam preparation, university entrance, or career preparation
  • Interesting subject options in Special Interest Groups and English Plus courses
  • A great track-record of success and results

Latest learning technology

  • Computer Learning Centre in every location (iPad-equipped in Oxford, Apple Mac Film Editing Suite in Los Angeles).
  • Interactive white boards.
  • Free wifi throughout.

Small classes

  • Maximum 10 per class for Beginners' Intensive Course.
  • Maximum 12 per class for Cambridge exam courses.

ClassMate: supplementary online learning

  • Helps you develop fluency 24/7.
  • Multimedia projects and exercises integrate with class-based lessons.

Our Advantages

When you choose a language course, you are making a big investment — in your time, your money and your future. So you need to be sure that you will get the very best return from that investment — whether you need English for work, for study, or for pleasure.

The six-part Kings Advantage sums up how we take care of your total language learning experience. It ensures all the elements are in place so that you are sure to have the skills, the experiences and the outcome you need for your life after Kings.

How We Teach / Our Methodology

Kings Learning Guarantee

  • If you’re studying an Intensive Course for 12 weeks or more, and don’t achieve the level we’ve agreed with you, study free until you do (you must have attended all classes and completed all assignments)

Qualified teachers

  • You’ll have at least two teachers during your course, to ensure a varied learning experience
  • We guarantee all your teachers will have appropriate qualifications and experience

Personalised progress plan

If you’re studying an Intensive Course for 12 weeks or more:

  • Personal meeting with your course co-ordinator
  • Study Plan for your personal learning development
  • Specially designed Study Information Guide on ClassMate

Regular progress assessment

  • Placement test on arrival
  • Progress test every week
  • Close teacher interaction at all times

Modern learning methodology

Role-playing, presentations and seminar discussions, debates and special projects, using newspapers and magazines … all in English!

Interactive learning technology

  • Interactive whiteboards in many classrooms
  • Computer Learning Centre
  • Video and audio resources
  • Free wireless internet in College

ClassMate

  • Our unique supplementary online learning system
  • Supplementary lessons from Elementary to Advanced
  • Dynamic multimedia learning content
  • Cambridge, TOEFL® and IELTS® exam practice
  • Access from before you arrive until three months after you leave
  • Regular progress reports for students or agents to access

Quality of Our Staff

Our teachers are dynamic professionals with a real passion for teaching — those who turn a lesson into an event every day! That’s why we can guarantee that you will achieve the progress we’ve agreed you will make.

Our Services for Students

Activities and excursions

  • We have dedicated Activities Managers at each location who organise hundreds of activities and sight-seeing trips every year.
  • At many locations you will find plenty of sports available — you can join a team or just do your own thing if your prefer.
  • There are lots of clubs and societies for you to join at many locations.
  • You can see what life is like at each of our colleges on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Activities Guarantee

Every week you will be able to choose from a range of activities, at least two of which are guaranteed to be free.

Walk to class Guarantee

Study an Intensive Course for 24 weeks or more and we guarantee you’ll be offered accommodation within reasonable walking distance of College for the whole of your course. Applies at all Colleges for accommodation booked for a minimum of 12 weeks, between September and June.

Homestay Inspection Guarantee

We guarantee that our Accommodation Officers will regularly inspect all homestay accommodation to ensure that it meets our high standards. We publish a comprehensive Handbook for all our host families so that they know exactly what is expected of them.

General Course Information

  • All courses include a level assessment on or prior to arrival, induction and orientation and regular progress tests. Students who successfully complete the course and attend at least 90% of lessons receive a Kings Certificate of Achievement.
  • Courses usually start on a Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday). Testing and orientation replace lessons on the first day at College.
  • During high season, classes may run in the morning and / or afternoon (or a combination of both).
  • Prices include teaching materials and use of coursebooks. Students may purchase coursebooks for personal use if required.
  • Public exam fees are not included in the course prices.

General Accommodation Information

Kings acts solely as agents (and not as principals) in the arranging and providing of homestay accommodation for students. Prices are per week (residential accommodation is usually available from Sunday to Saturday). No refund is given for early departure but a charge will be made for any extra nights. We reserve the right to apply a high season late booking supplement of £20 per week to students who book fewer than 10 days before arrival. A re-booking fee of £20 will be charged each time accommodation is re-booked, if not originally booked for the entire course on commencement of the course. All Colleges and residences are non-smoking.

Enrolment Details

Kings reserves the right to change prices, to cancel or change courses and to amend timetables at any time prior to enrolment and to make additions or amendments to these terms and conditions by giving one month’s written notice to all affected parties.

Enrolment Fee

There is a £75 enrolment fee payable on all courses.

Visa fee

For certain visa nationals, there is a charge of £14 (subject to change) for a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you are a visa national, please include your passport number on your booking.

Acceptance of enrolment

We will acknowledge your application within 24 hours (Monday to Friday). Written acceptance of enrolment by the College will be given on receipt of £195 (£120 deposit and £75 enrolment fee), or full fees if booking less than four weeks in advance, and constitutes a firm agreement for the period specified on the enrolment form.

Terms and Conditions

Visa documentation

Once we have received your deposit and enrolment fee, we will hold a place on the course and in accommodation and send all relevant visa documentation including a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), if applicable. Please advise us as soon as your visa is granted or refused.

Activities and excursions

It is understood that if your child/ward is under 18 your permission is understood to be given for your child/ward to participate in off-site social activities and excursions organised by Kings and other external providers. Please advise us in writing therefore if your permission is not given, in order for us to act in accordance with your wishes.

Holidays for long-term students

Students are permitted a maximum of 2 weeks’ holiday during a 24-week course and a maximum of 3 weeks’ holiday during a 36-week course. Holidays must be booked at least 4 weeks in advance. An administration fee will be charged for any changes in holiday dates. Full accommodation fees will be charged if the bedroom is not completely vacated. The charge for storing luggage at the host family is £20 per week.

Holidays for short-term students

No allowance is made for students taking holiday during their course (i.e. no refund will given for days missed and days missed cannot be added to the end of the course). Students who take unauthorized absence during a short-term course will be marked down as absent from lessons and their certificate may be withheld.

Transfers

To comply with UK law, students under 16 have to be accompanied to and from the airport/station on arrival and departure, for which there is an extra charge.

Insurance

All Kings Colleges students must have appropriate accident and medical insurance. Travel insurance to cover personal property, breakages, loss and damage is strongly recommended. Kings Colleges recommend Endsleigh Insurance. This can be booked through Kings (please see the relevant section of the enrolment form) or through your agent. Please note that once booked, insurance is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation due to visa refusal (all courses)

If your visa is refused, please send us a copy of the visa refusal letter. On receipt of this letter, tuition fees, accommodation fees and deposit will be refunded minus the £75 enrolment fee, the £14 CAS fee (subject to change) and minus any bank charges.

Cancellation for other reasons

To cancel tuition and / or accommodation a minimum of four weeks’ notice must be given in writing to the Principal of the College.

For cancellations received more than four weeks before the start of the course, the tuition fees, accommodation fees and deposit will be refunded minus the £75 enrolment fee, the £14 CAS fee (subject to change) and minus any bank charges.

For cancellations received less than four weeks before the start of the course (due to reasons other than visa refusal):

  • no refund is given if the course is a long-term reduced price course of 12 weeks or longer (i.e. the Kings Diploma and Compact and Intensive Courses of 12 weeks or longer).
  • for other courses the tuition fees and accommodation fees will be refunded minus a four-week cancellation charge, minus the £75 enrolment fee, the £14 CAS fee (subject to change) and minus any bank charges.

Withdrawal

Four weeks’ notice in writing must be given for withdrawals from a course. Tuition and accommodation refunds will be given minus the four-week notice period except for long-term reduced price courses i.e. Compact and Intensive courses of 12 weeks or longer and the Diploma of English, for which no refund is given. We are obliged to notify the relevant UK Government bodies if a student holding a current UK visa withdraws from our College.

Payment Terms

Full fees must be received 4 weeks before the start of the course. If booking is received less than 4 weeks before the start of the course, full payment must be made at the time of enrolment.

General Notes on Refunds

  • No refunds are given for long-term reduced price courses (i.e. the Diploma of English and Compact and Intensive Courses of 12 weeks or longer) for cancellation or withdrawal, less than four weeks before the start of the course except in the case of visa refusal (see 6. above)
  • Bank charges, enrolment fee and CAS fee — all refunds are paid minus any bank charges, minus the enrolment fee and minus the CAS fee.
  • Refunds are made to the fee-payer.
  • Accommodation deposits — will be refunded to the fee-payer after deductions for any disbursements or damages.
  • Late arrivals — no refunds are given for late arrivals.
  • Expulsion — no refunds are given for students who are expelled from College for disciplinary reasons.
  • Insurance — no refunds are given.

Accreditations and Memberships

Accredited by: British Council, Edexcel - Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework

Member of: English UK

UK Border Agency licensed sponsor under Tier 4 of the points-based system: Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS)