Philadelphia

English school in Philadelphia

Our school is located in the city centre of Philadelphia. It is a young, newly renovated school with a great atmosphere where you can make friends from all nationalities. The school has no cafeteria, however there is a refrigerator and microwave in the student lounge to keep your food cool and heat your own food, as well as many cafes and restaurants located in the vicinity of the school. The teachers will help you acquire the necessary skills so you can develop your English properly. In the evenings and in your free time, you can you sign up to extracurricular activities that the school organises. 

Accreditation: the school is accredited by the Council for Continuing Education and Training. 

School Facilities 

  • 10 fully equipped classrooms
  • Multimedia room with 25 TV and DVD 
  • Living room with microwaves and refrigerators

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

students in the school Course English in Philadelphia

Holidays

  • 02/01/2017
  • 16/01/2017
  • 29/05/2017
  • 04/07/2017
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  • 01/01/2018



Strongest Points

A friendly and accessible city with magnificent history and culture.

Study English in Philadelphia 

World famous for being the city where the United States was founded, Philadelphia is the wedge of American history. Here the United States as a country was born after the declaration of independence, and it is home to the Revolution. 

Usually it is a residential town, consisting of a wide variety of neighborhoods, each with their own traits and characteristics that differentiate them from others. Its streets are distributed following a perfect grid, guided by two main streets: Market St crosses the city from East to West, while Broad St does the same from North to South. This makes it very difficult to get lost. Philadelphia is also a renowned center of culture with its museums, galleries and historic monuments and is home to 10 major universities. 

Things to see and do in Philadelphia

Culture 

  • Visit Independece Hall 
  • Take a tour of Memorial Hall 
  • Discover the Historic Park 

Leisure 

  • Live concert at Love Park 
  • Attend an Eagles football game
  • Visit the Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural Sciences 

Travel 

  • Travel to New York. It's only an hour by train.
  • Discover the coastal resort area of Atlantic City 


Things to do in Philadelphia 

  • The Philadelphia Zoo, called the first zoo in America, is famous for its efforts to conserve endangered species, as well as for their educational programs. There are more than 1,600 rare and exotic animals in 42 acres of beautiful gardens. 
  • Sesame Place amusement park is located about 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The entry fee is $ 40 per person. 
  • The Academy of Fine Arts in Pennsylvania founded in 1805 is the art school and oldest museum in America. The New Freedom Theatre is the largest African-American theatre in the nation and the Philadelphia Doll Museum is the only African American museum of its kind in the nation. 
  • The Uptown Theatre, an old theatre house where famous Americans acted such as Pearl Bailey, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington and Count Basie. 
  • The Academy of Music, built in 1857, is the second oldest opera house in the United States. 
  • The City is the largest municipal building in the United States, with more than 250 pieces of sculptures and marble decorations. 
  • The Masonic Temple, completed in 1873, is like a magnificent cathedral. It is opposite the Municipality and is stunning on the outside and inside 
  • The Independence National Historic Park: houses the Independence Hall where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. 
  • The Liberty Bell Center, with the famous Liberty Bell 
  • Library Hall: In this library, you will find a copy of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and the first edition of The Origin of Species by Darwin. 
  • Old City: the oldest part of the city still represents the Philadelphia of the early days well. 

Interests

  • Philadelphia is the second largest city on the east coast and the fifth largest city in America. 
  • It has a metropolitan population of 5.8 million 
  • The origins of the city date back to March 1681, when William Penn, an English Quaker, founded Philadelphia in a territory that the King of England had bought. 
  • In the town hall in 1786, the first U.S constitution was signed. 
  • Philadelphia is six hours south of Boston, two hours south of New York, three hours northwest of Washington DC, two hours from Baltimore and an hour from the seaside resort of Atlantic City. 
  • Before Washington DC existed, Philadelphia was the capital of the nation, from 1791-1800. 
  • Among the famous teams in the city are the "Eagles", the American Football team, the "76", the basketball team of the NBA, the "Phillies" of baseball, and "Flyers" of hockey.

At night in Philadelphia

Throughout Philadelphia, you will find plenty of dance, comedy, jazz, rock and R & B clubs, as well as several bars with very specific styles. 

The Old City is a cultural and culinary precinct with more than 100 restaurants offering all kinds of food, American and foreign. Spread over the streets you can find a variety of local customs, from sites specialising in regional cuisine to Italian, Cuban, Spanish, Chinese, English, Moroccan, Japanese or even Indian. 
Other interesting places to eat are Chinatown and Chesnut Hill. You'll have to try the famous 'Philly Steak', a typical Philadelphia sandwich with meat and melted cheese.



Standard course

Class in the morning or afternoon 

The timetable in the morning is 08:45-12:00; The timetable in the afternoon is from 14:15-17:30

No VISA F1 is required

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to spend their time studying and enjoying their free time visiting the city and sightseeing.

Additional information

The general English course has a minimum duration of 2 weeks with 3 hours of English classes per day, 5 days a week. The rest of the time is for you to do what you like, other activities such as sightseeing, participating in social events at the school or staying with your new friends.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 2/12 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning or afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Semi-Intensive course

This is a combination of the standard course of 20 lessons per week + 7 structured study sessions: these sessions will help to reinforce what you have learnt and improve in the areas you need to the most, using books, language exercises online and interactive programmes. 

Class in the morning and in the afternoon 
F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to make the most out of their stay studying in the academy in the mornings and afternoons.

Additional information

The Semi-intensive English course focuses on 4 main aspects of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will also learn vocabulary and grammar, how to speak in formal and informal discussions, interviews etc.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Super Intensive course

This course is a combination of the general 20 lesson course + 8 lessons of specific skills (including vocabulary, culture etc) and 7 lessons of structured studying which will help reinforce what you´ve learnt and improve the areas that need most practice - with the use of selected books, language exercises online and interactive programmes.

For this course, F1 visa is needed 

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to make the most out of their stay, studying in the academy in the mornings and afternoons.

Additional information

The objective of this course is to reach fluency in English and learn grammar and vocabulary that can be used in daily conversations.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  35
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation course for TOEFL

This course combines 28 lessons of exam preparation + 7 lessons of structured study.


F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

This course is ideal for students interested in getting their TOEFL. It is the most popular spoken and written English exam in North America.

Additional information

The course will give you academic skills and a level of English that you need to be prepared for the exam. You will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as practicing exam style questions and doing simulation tests. You will get used to the model of the exam and its structure, whilst practicing and improving your level.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 4/16 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  35
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Long duration course - 5/6 months

The structure of the course is the same as the semi-intensive. The duration is 5/6 months and the objective of the course is to improve your level of English until you reach fluency. 

Visa F1 required 

Perfect for

Ideal for those looking for language immersion for 5-6 months

Additional information

The structure of the course is the same as semi-intensive. They are 5-6 month courses, which have an objective of improving your level of English until you reach fluency.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 20/24 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Long duration course - 8 months

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to study an academic year abroad.

Additional information

The duration of the course is 8 months. 32 weeks of the course + 3 week holiday. The course objective is to improve your level of English until you reach fluency. If you´re interested, you can combine general English classes with vocabulary classes and practice specific language skills to ensure your English reaches the highest level possible.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 32 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular Activities 

The school organises a varied plan of extra activities. You can sign up to whichever you prefer. Some activities are free, some you need to pay. Participating is an optimal way to make new friends and practice your English. 

This list is just an example: 

  • Welcome to new students 
  • Movie Nights 
  • Visit the Aquarium 
  • Visit monuments and sites in the city 
  • Tour of the University of Pennsylvania 
  • Trips to New York and Washington DC

Accommodation

Residence

The school offers housing for students in a residence near the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Living with other international and American students is a great way to practice your English in a relaxed atmosphere. The residence is a 30 minute walk from the school, and 15 minutes by public transprt. 
It consists of blocks; each block has 10 single rooms, 2-4 bathrooms and a kitchen. All rooms are fully equipped. 
Each room has a fridge, bathrooms are shared with other students. There is free Wifi connection in all bedrooms. There is also a computer room and a laundry. 

Bathrooms: Shared 
Location: University of Pennsylvania 
Check In: Saturday before 22:00 
Check Out: Saturday before 11:00 
Number of people who share the kitchen: 10 people 

Residence location - MAP

Residence Residence

Availability: All year

Room Type: Single room

School distance: 30 minute walk

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Deposit fee: No

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has 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 doesn´t have  Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Family

Homestay accommodation is ideal for students who want to immerse themselves in a different culture. By sharing meals with your hosts every day, you'll benefit from speaking English in relaxed, natural situations. Families don´t live in the center. This means that to get from the family home to the school, you will have to take public transport. 

Families can be traditional families with or without children, or single parents. All host families are carefully selected to provide a safe and welcoming home environment.

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 20 to 50 minutes by bus or walking

Check-in: 1

Check-out: 0

Characteristics

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

How to get there

Getting to Philadelphia 

Phiiladelfia International Airport is located 11 km (7 miles) from the city center. 

From the airport to the city 

Trains, buses and minibuses will drop you at the door of your destination, and taxis connect the airport with the urban area. 

Train:

The train ride takes about 20 minutes to the city centre. 

Bus:

There are bus connections to the train station (Amtrak's 30th Street Station) and the Greyhound bus station. There are several bus lines and some have a faster service with fewer stops. 

Taxi:

Taxis operate 24 h 

In the baggage claim area of each terminal you will find information on transportation (tel. (215) 937-6958)




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