International Semester Courses (ISC) & English for Academic Purposes.

International Semester Courses are designed for long-term English language training - ideal if you plan to study English for 24 weeks or more. ISC is a discounted course for students who want to improve their language level, experience American life and culture, or take a year out before university.

Your program is carefully structured to ensure that you improve your level, develop confidence in using English, and have the option of taking at least one recognised international examination. ISC students benefit from:

  • A structured programme of long term General English study, for 22 lessons per week (half day courses in the mornings or afternoons) or full-day courses of 28 lessons per week
  • Flexible monthly start dates throughout the year
  • Flexible course length of 24 weeks or more
  • Specially reduced tuition and accommodation rates
  • Special "add on" programmes such as Academic English, English for Business or Tourism
  • Preparation for examinations such as Cambridge, TOEIC or TOEFL
  • Academic counselling and University Placement Service
  • Total immersion in American English and Culture for 6+ months
  • International Semester Course Pathway Program for students looking to gain entry into an American college and then university.

Our examination and special interest options help you personalise your program. You can choose from the following: 22 (mornings) and 28 lessons a week - FCE, CAE, CPE, TOEFL, TOEIC, English for Academic Purposes. Students enrolled in the ISC with 28 lessons can also choose English for Art and Design and English for Tourism.

International Semester Course Planner

The table below provides a guide to possible course progression over 6 or more months. If you have some knowledge of English you can start anu Monday and study for 24 or more weeks - up to 36 and 48 weeks.
Half-day morning
22 Lessons per week
General English General English General English General English
Or Or Or Or
Examination English: FCE or TOEFL *Subject to starting dates Examination English: Cambridge: PET, FCE, CAE & CPE TOEIC or TOEFL *Subject to Starting Dates Examination English: TOEFL and IELTS Preparation *Subject to starting dates Examination English: Cambridge PET, FCE CAE & CPE TOEIC or TOEFL * Subject to starting dates
ISC Half-day Afternoon 22 Lesson per week General English General English General English General English
ISC Full day options: optional modules (afternoon classes) for 4-12 weeks General English Studies
English for Business
Extra examination preparation
Study skills for TOEF, TOEIC
Optional afternoon modules are included in the tuition fees for full-day students, and are also available to morning students for an additional fee. Please note that these modules are available subject to starting dates.
Please check with us that the examination you wish to take is available during the period of your course. Our school reserves the right to offer alternative courses in the event of low demand for particular courses.

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes course is a systematic and rigorous program designed to give ambitious students the key skills required for US university life.

Topics include learning an academic writing style, note taking, study skills and practice exams. You will also have regular academic counselling from your teachers and, if required, help with university or college applications.

The course will include the following:

  • listening skills such as extended listening, active listening and note-taking
  • reading skills such as finding information quickly in texts, summarising and paraphrasing
  • writing skills such as planning and linking ideas, essay structure and presenting an argument
  • speaking skills such as presenting ideas, leading discussions or seminars, debating and expressing an opinion
  • an introduction to North American academic methods and learning culture
  • study skills including essay writing, independent research, critical analysis and thinking skills, advanced reading and presentation skills

International Semester Course Pathway Program

This program is for students looking to gain entry into an American college and then university. Students completing our ISC programs (22 or 28 lessons) or any other General English programme at Advanced level are eligible to transfer to an American college and study for a 2-year Associates Degree, leading to undergraduate degree courses at a range of American universities.

Course dates and tuition fees: as for International Semester Courses 22 or 28 lessons per week.

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