Frequently Asked Questions
The following are a list of links of frequently asked questions. Please read them carefully and if your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us with your query.
Is the school accredited by the British Council?
Yes, British Study Centres is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. It is also an active member of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres.
When can I start the course?
The majority of our courses start every Monday throughout the year. Please see courses section for more information.
How long can I study for?
The minimum is 2 weeks but you can study for as long as you want - up to 1 year if you wish!
What is the minimum age?
16 years old.
How do I book my course?
You can easily book and pay for your course online. Alternatively, you can contact us for a list of authorised British Study Centres agents in your country. We strongly advise you to do this as you will receive knowledgeable course advice in your own language and also information on applying for a visa (visa national students). Some agents will also book your flight tickets for you.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. We ask for a deposit of £250 to secure the course and accommodation if you require it.
How do I pay?
You can pay by:
- Credit card (Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit, MasterCard)
- Bank transfer: Bank of Scotland, 300 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PH; Account Name: British Study Centres School of English; Sort Code: 12-12-68; Account No: 00170940; IBAN GB10 BOFS 1212 6800 1709 40; SWIFT BIC BOFSGB21248
- Sterling cheque
Do I need a visa to study at your school?
Students from European Union countries do not need a visa to study in the UK. The situation for students from other countries varies. Please check with a British Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence.
How many students are there in each class?
We have a maximum of 14 students per class and an average of 11.
Where do the other students come from?
From all over the world! We have students from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Depending on the time of year, we have up to 35 different nationalities in our school!
Tell me about your teachers
We select our teachers very carefully. Most of our teachers have a degree and all of them have an English language teaching qualification. They must also have the kind of personality which enjoys meeting people from all over the world and a desire to make their lessons stimulating and enjoyable.
What about internet access?
Standard and Wi-Fi internet access is free of charge at all of our schools.
What should I do if I am not happy with some aspect of my stay?
If you have a problem with your course, accommodation or any other aspect of your stay, please talk to us as soon as possible. You will find detailed information about the complaints procedure and who to contact in the Downloads section.