Cardiff

Study English in Cardiff

Our English school in Cardiff offers a warm and hospitable environment. The academy is located a few minute walk from the city centre, where the shops, bars, restaurants, National Museum of Wales and the faculties of Cardiff University are concentrated. 

The school has been welcoming students since 2004.

Facilities at the school
  • Free Wifi
  • Wireless connection to free internet
  • 21 classrooms
  • Digital whiteboards and interactive projectors
  • Reception
  • Counseiling rooms
  • Computer room
  • Free water
  • Library
  • Books, magazines and some films in English
  • Common room

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Holidays

  • 02/01/2017
  • 14/03/2017
  • 17/03/2017
  • 01/05/2017
  • 29/05/2017
  • 28/08/2017
  • 25/12/2017
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  • 28/12/2017
  • 01/01/2018
  • 02/01/2018




Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

Private Further Education ISI

Trinity

BRITISH COUNCIL

ENGLISH UK


Strongest Points

  • 1 hour and a half from Bristol
  • A city that offers you everything that a modern city can

The city of Cardiff

Welcome to Cardiff, the capital of Wales and the youngest capital in Europe. It is a Roman city and is now one of the liveliest British cities, where you will be able to find sports facilities and world class culture features, historical attractions and the traveler doctor. It is a city of modern air, nestled at the mouth of the river Taff, in a cove on the South coast of Wales. 

In the centre of the compact city of Cardiff, you can find the Cardiff Castle. Its fairytale walls and towers hide more than 2,000 years of history, which started with the Romans, the first to build a fortress in this place. The National Cardiff Museum houses the national collections of archeology, geology and natural history of Wales, as well as one of the finest art collections in Europe. Also, the Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most varied and lively performing arts centers in Europe. As if that wasn´t enough, there are also other things you can do in the bay of Cardiff. 


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General English course in Cardiff (mornings)

Our General English course has 6 different levels, from beginner to advanced, so it is not a problem if you have recently started to learn English or if you are looking to perfect your knowledge. These courses are designed to satisfy the needs of the students in a variety of ways, and the objective is to close the gap between the classroom and the real world.  

Perfect for

Students that want to improve their day to day use of English. Students that want to cover all the English skills Students that want to improve their English for educational, professional or personal reasons.

Additional information

The teachers will evaluate your progress regularly and will offer advice about the best way to improve your English.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 8:45-10:15, 10:30-12:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  10
  • Average during the rest of year  8
  • Minimum age  16

Standard English course in Cardiff

Perfect for

those that want to make the most out of their stay in Cardiff studying for more hours in the academy.

Additional information

The Standard English course focuses on the four main aspects of the language: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  28
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 08:45-10:45, 12:30-14:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  10
  • Average during the rest of year  8
  • Minimum age  16

General English course in Cardiff (afternoons)

Perfect for

This English course is designed to improve your skills and confidence when speaking in English.

Additional information

Afternoon course for every level

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 14:15-15:45, 16:00-17:30
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  10
  • Average during the rest of year  8
  • Minimum age  16

Standard course: IELTS

Perfect for

The preparation course for the official exams is ideal for those that want to get into an English University.

Additional information

The course is designed to help you get the best grade possible in the official exam. You will do exam simulations and you will learn techniques and strategies to reach your target. The teachers are specialized in this type of exam. You will learn what to do and what not to do, what the examiners are looking for, what are the most frequent errors, how to organise your time, etc.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 08.45-10.15, 10.30-12.00
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  10
  • Average during the rest of year  8
  • Minimum age  16

Standard course: FCE, CAE

Perfect for

The preparation course for the official exams is ideal for those that want to get into an English University

Additional information

The course is designed to help you get the best grade possible in the official exam. You will do exam simulations and will learn techniques and strategies to reach your target. The teachers are specialized in the preparation for this type of exam. You will learn what to do and what not to do, what the examiners are looking for, what are the most common errors, how to organise your time etc.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables 08.45-10.15, 10.30-12.00
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  10
  • Average during the rest of year  8
  • Minimum age  16

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Extra-curricular Activities

What to see in Cardiff

Main attractions

In the centre of the compact city of Cardiff, you can find Cardiff Castle. The National Cardiff Museum houses the national collections of archeology, geology and natural history of Wales, as well as one of the finest art collections in Europe. Also, the Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most varied and lively performing arts centers in Europe. As if that wasn´t enough, there are also other things you can do in the bay of Cardiff. 

Bars and restaurants 

Just 5 minutes from the city centre, you can find the elegant Mermaid Quay, the perfect place to recharge your batteries after the hustle and bustle of the tourist day, or to relax with a romantic dinner on the promenade. For whisky lovers, there is the Penderyn Distillery, the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest in the world. And if you go to Cardiff in September, you can´t miss the Great British Cheese Festival, a cheese festival where you will find more than 450 amazing British cheeses to try, taste and buy. 

Sport

In the world of sport, Cardiff is a champion. The Millennium Stadium,  of international fame, is the stadium that welcomes Welsh rugby and football, as well as the place that they usually organise the British Speedway Grand Prix. In Cardiff City Stadium you will be able to watch Cardiff City FC Football games, the Welsh football club with the most fans, or you can go to the SWALEC stadium to see the cricket matches in Glamorgan Cricket Club. If you like golf, don´t miss the opportunity to follow the footsteps of the professionals of the Ryder Cup in The Celtic Manor Resort. 

Shopping

Don´t forget the 6 Eduardian shopping centers in the city, that you will find in the Castle Quarter and Morgan Quarter. Try to find Spillers Records, the oldest record shop in the world. If you fancy visiting the typical British chains and the well known designer shops, go to St David´s, the capital Shopping Centre and Queen´s Arcade. We recommend that you take your own bags, as in Wales the shops charge 5p per bag. 

Art and culture

Cardiff is one of the most creative cities with a lively cultural environment. For the more traditional people, you will like St David´s Hall, the national auditorium in Wales where they celebrate the Welsh Proms. In the Wales Millennium Centre, you can see the National Opera of Wales, and the Welsh National Orchestra of the BBC, and don´t forget the concerts that are organised in the lobby at lunchtime. If you fancy something different, visit the Norwegian Church, where author Roald Dahl was baptised and is now a famous cultural center where all kinds of events are organised, from concerts to workshops and classes. 

Music and nightlife

If you think Cardiff is a city full of life in the day, wait until you see it at night. The nightlife in the city revolves around St Mary Street, full of pubs and located in the city center, sophisticated seaside bars in Cardiff Bay, and the huge and lively Greyfriars. In this city, you will find live music every night of the week in local bars such as Barfly, Clwb Ifor Bach and Coal Exchange. 

For families

If you have a Doctor Who fan in your house, a magical adventure awaits. Cardiff is the birthplace of this science fiction series and the Doctor Who Experience is obligatory for all fans. The interactive trip into the world of the doctor will offer you the opportunity to pilot the Tardis and face the Daleks. If you want more, visit Techniquest, a centre of scientific discoveries that includes a planetarium, a theatre dedicated to science and a room dedicated to the discoveries that covers all kinds of topics, from fossils to forensic science. 

History and heritage

If Wales is the "land of the Castles", Cardiff should be the "Capital of the Castles". As well as the magnificent Cardiff Castle, you will also be able to find fairytale castles: Castell Coch, the Castle of Twmpath, the Llandaff Bishop´s Palace and the Castle of Saint Fagans. The Welsh Castles have a large and fascinating history that includes the Romans, Vikings, and the Normans. Discover the true story of the Welsh Castles in The Cardiff Story, a free museum that narrates the history of the city through the eyes of the people. 


Accommodation

Family

Living with a family is ideal for students that want to submerge themselves in a different culture. Sharing meals with your hosts every day will allow you to live and get to know the family better, sharing and enjoying relaxed situations with them, so you can feel confident practicing your language. Half board with family consists of breafast and dinner Monday to Friday and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sundays. 

The welcoming families normally live in the centre, so it is usually necessary to get public transport to get to the school. 

We offer single or double bedrooms. The bathrooms are shared. 

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: from 5 to 45 minutes on public transport

Check-in: Sunday from 14:00

Check-out: Sunday before 10:00

Deposit fee: 100 pounds

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities doesn´t have  Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen doesn´t have  Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils doesn´t have  Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
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  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
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  • Full Board it has Full Board

Residence

If you would like to have your own space and be more independent, our accommodation in residences is a good option for you! We offer you a single bedroom with ensuite in a shared apartment with 4-5 other people. 

The residence is located in a university area, a 20 minute walk from the school.

Laundry:

There is a laundry service in the residence. There is a small charge of £ 2.30 for a wash and £1.20 for a dry. 

  • Note: unfortunately, we cannot provide the students with an iron and ironing board

 

Internet:

Broadband by cable is free in all bedrooms and wireless internet throughout the building.

  • Note: In the Celtic English Academy you can also enjoy free internet access and wireless connection Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00.
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Availability: all year

Room Type: single bedroom with ensuite

School distance: 20 minute walk

Check-in: Sunday from 14:00

Check-out: Saturday before 10:00

Deposit fee: £ 100

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

How to get to Cardiff from Bristol

The bus from Bristol-Cardiff is carried out by the National Express company. The journeys on this route are direct and take between and hour and an hour and 10 minutes. The first bus leaves at 09:15 and the next buses are 10:15, 12:15, 14,15, 16:15, 18:30, 20:15, 21:15, 22:30 and 23:30. There is a service that leaves Bristol at 2:00 and 3:15. All timetables run Monday to Sunday.

How to get to Cardiff from Bristol by bus

All of the buses from Bristol to Cardiff leave from Bristol Coach Station, which is in the area of St. James Park. Being in the city centre, it is well connected with the urban bus network run by the FirstGroup company. The same company runs a NightBus service between 19:00 and 5:00 the following day. 

How to get to Cardiff by bus

The buses from Bristol arrive at Cardiff Central Bus Station. The station has some shops, bus company offices and fast food restaurants. While not offering toilets or newsagents, these services are in the adjacent train station. To Bristol Coach Station, the urban buses 24, 24A, 25 and 25A run every 10 minutes from Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays and bank holidays, Lines 28, 28A and 28B, which leave every half an hour Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays and bank holidays, and 64, 65 and 66, although these are less often. 




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Cardiff airport return: 75 €
Bristol airport way out: 90 €

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