Learn English in South Africa
Learn English in Cape Town, South Africa: An unrivalled experience. You will learn English and at the same time discover some of the most beautiful areas of Africa. South Africa is famous for its breathtaking scenery.
Gaze from Cape Town up to Table Mountain and then hike to the top of Table Mountain and look down onto the city. When you see this, words are sure to fail you, in any language! But to keep this from happening in any other English-language environment, you should join an English-language course in Cape Town.
You'll learn the language, discover the culture and other interesting facts about the country, and you'll also get many offers and tips regarding what to do during your free time.
Cape Town is located on the southernmost tip of Africa and offers plenty of coastline and water to surf, sail, swim or fish. How many other cities out there can offer two oceans to enjoy like Cape Town? Enjoy the water and the sea air with year-round mild temperatures. The environment is ideal for growing grapes, so it's no wonder that some the most famous South African vineyards are nearby.
From the hustle and bustle of the big city to pure natural beauty in the surrounding countryside, Cape Town will inspire everyone and provide plenty of things to talk about with locals and fellow travellers.
Thus you'll become acquainted with one of the most fascinating places on Earth and improve your English both during the language course and in your leisure time.
What are you waiting for? Cape Town awaits you!
Our School Location
Our language school in Cape Town South Africa is located in the central business district in the heart of the city. The famous Long Street is within walking distance of the school as are its many bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. The excellent location provides many classrooms with magnificent views of Table Mountain.
Out of all Sprachdirekt English language schools, our school in South Africa is most highly recommended. The language school is located in beautiful Cape Town, in the heart of South Africa. Many of our 20 classrooms offer magnificent views of the spectacular flat-topped summit of Cape Town's Table Mountain, which is one of many tourists attractions Cape Town has to offer.
Our language school opened its doors in 2002 in a city that became, in a relatively short time, one of the most popular destinations in the world for learning English. Recently renovated, our school sets a high standard for other language schools. It is located in a modern building in the heart of downtown Cape Town, where you will find a plethora of cafés, restaurants and shops.
The brand-new café on the first floor is an ideal place for students "to meet and mingle" with other students and teachers. The English language school is proud to be officially recognised by the SAYTC (South African Youth Travel Confederation) and ELTASA (English Language Travel Association of South Africa). The school is also recognised as a highly reputable, world-renowned location for exam preparation and an outstanding TEFL Centre for Teacher Trainers.
The language school in Cape Town offers 22 up-to-date PCs with available Internet access as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the entire school. The library and the learning centre are always open to students. The modern and comfortable student lounge (very popular during the World Cup) with its big flat-screen TV attracts many students for movie nights.
In Cape Town, the students feel very welcome and we are sure that while studying at our English language school you’ll gather many unforgettable memories.
Sprachdirekt wants to be sure that our partner language schools offer high quality and excellent teaching and so we ensure that our partners have official recognition. Our language school in Cape Town is accredited by the following organisations:
The school is a member of SAYTC (South African Youth Travel Confederation). This organisation ensures that all its members meet, or exceed, certain standards of professionalism and quality.
n addition, the school is recognised by ELTASA (English Language Travel Association of South Africa). This organisation is the national association that guarantees high quality in language centres in South Africa. They are committed to developing and improving the quality and growth of the English language travel industry in South Africa. The organisation checks that their members conform to its standards of quality and professionalism
"When I arrived here I couldn't speak English at all and could barely understand what I was told. Since I have been here, I feel almost English. I feel that there are lots of learning opportunities for learning English in South Africa [...]. The variety of international students I found at the school was much more than I expected, because I thought that because Cape Town was much cheaper than other destinations, there would be lots of Asians. I was surprised! I discovered that many people think that Cape Town is very dangerous, but I think that it is an exaggeration. It's like any other country.
I don’t think Cape Town is expensive but at markets and tourist attractions, people try to get more money out of you, but that is pretty much everywhere, it’s just very evident here. All in all, this is the best language school in Cape Town on all fronts. I have been to two other schools in Cape Town, you can’t compare it and some of my friends there are jealous!"
"I have been studying in Cape Town for 2 months now. I would recommend studying here at the teachers are brilliant and the atmosphere is great. I like living here as it is close to the sea and it’s cheap to live. I really like the school as it has great facilities. I really liked the course because there was a mix of vocabulary and grammar and the teachers were great as well.
In the evenings I go to the gym. My favourite school activity was going on safari. During my time here I stayed with a host family and it was really good as I got to see their way of life and take part in lots of conversations. My recommendations to future students would be to only speak English. Many students go to England, United States and Australia to learn English. In these countries it is always the same thing; big cities, big clubs, big shopping malls and nothing else to do. Actually, if you ask a student where he went to learn English I’m sure that the student will answer one of these countries. Nobody realizes how amazing South Africa is!
Cape Town is a mix between big cities and wildlife. There are a lot of activities to do like sky diving, the world’s highest bungee jump, many different safaris, riding elephants or an ostrich, surf, sand surf…The views from the sea is amazing. About the school, you learn English in a good atmosphere. All the teachers are very good. I’m actually living with a host family. For me this is the better way to learn English correctly and watch the way of life of the South African people."
"My three months in Cape Town! I decided to take time off to improve my knowledge in English. I had no doubt in my mind where to go when I found South Africa as a destination - especially Cape Town! Cape Town is totally the best destination, my experience in this city is almost indescribable.
Really beautiful weather, people, culture, birds, everything is different for me! The school is incredible, teachers are open-minded, friendly and really professional. My accommodation is completely perfect! I like my roommates. Cape Town is special for me, it is a unique experience. I'm still wondering why I did not come earlier. I'll repeat it again and again!"
"I stayed in Cape Town last June and saw 6 World Cup matches. I like saying that the South African people are very funny and happy. I spent good moments there. The English school is fantastic. The teachers are very competent. If I´ll study abroad probably I´ll go to that school again."
"I have been here for 8 months and the experience has been amazing, the city is very nice with plenty of places to visit. My experience at the school has been great too, you can meet a lot of people from different countries and different cultures."
"Before I came to study English in Cape Town I only got bad information about South Africa, mainly about safety. But as I like to discover new places I decided to go and during my stay I had a really nice time. The city can offer a mix of different culture, beautiful beaches and mainly friendly people. So learn English with this atmosphere makes difference and the school has a good structure to support their students."
"I think the school had good teachers. I liked having the opportunity to speak English and I liked the weather in Cape Town. It was good to meet people from foreign countries."
"I found my one-to-one classes at the school very useful and practical. I can focus on my difficulties with my English and practice them to overcome difficulties with pronunciation, writing, reading and vocabulary. My teacher always knows what I need to improve and is able to give me perfect advice. The classes are packed with activities and it is very challenging. One thing I really like about this course is that my teacher always explains the reason why I am doing the exercise before we start. So I know what I have to achieve through the exercise. Consequently, I’m able to see my progress which makes me satisfied."
"The language school is well situated in central Cape Town and it's a nice place where I can learn and improve my English. The teachers are very kind and help me in my learning with friendliness and professionalism. Moreover, there is no reason to be bored, each week several activities and trips around CT are suggested. It's an excellent way to practise English with the other students who come from all over the world. Before I came here I had no idea about the school, but I'm very satisfied with the lessons and the friendly atmosphere of the school."
"I have been in Cape Town for 2 months. I would recommend the language school in Cape Town as it is a great experience to do. I love everything about Cape Town as it is a very interesting city. I really like the school because it is like a big family with a mixture of a lot of nationalities. People are very friendly.
What I like best about my course was the dynamic teaching because it makes it really exciting. My favourite hangout in the evening is Long Street. There were so many interesting activities that I would not be able to chose my favourite one! I stayed in self-catered accommodation in Cape Town. The view was amazing and looked right over the city. I would definitely come back here to study English again. 2 months was too short."
Our language school in Cape Town offers a variety of comprehensive English language courses to meet the wishes and needs of all students. Improve your general knowledge of English in one of our group courses and then apply what you’ve learned in an additional one-on-one tutoring session. English language instruction for the job market is currently offered via our business English course, although the most intensive language-learning experience is also available to you in one-on-one private tutoring sessions. Our Cape Town language school also offers long-term programmes, which include exam preparation courses, academic programmes and hands-on training.
In order to achieve the most fulfilling and rewarding learning experience, the language courses and programmes in South Africa have been firmly established on the four pillars of language learning: speaking, reading, understanding, and writing. In order to foster a scenario that is as fully authentic as possible for learning English we often use materials such as newspapers, videos, the Internet and CDs throughout our courses. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in class and to communicate with other students. Grammar and vocabulary are explained and practised in context, which facilitates learning and offers concrete examples of usage. The teacher will come up with daily scenarios in the classroom, which will not only help students learn the material successfully but also stimulate group communication.
On the first day, an initial evaluation exam will take place whereby the appropriate language courses will be assigned to each student according to their respective language proficiency. After the evaluation has been completed, you’ll be assigned to the course that you booked at the appropriate proficiency level. From there on, we make sure that no one is either under or over challenged and that everyone has complete access to the best and most accommodating language courses here in South Africa. During your stay, your progress will be checked regularly to ensure you’re on the right track.
As our language school in South Africa has been tailored primarily for adults, bookings are only permitted for English-language courses for students who are at least 16 years of age, but the internship programme is designed for students who are at least 18 years old.
Course Prices (in Euro)
All course fees include: courses as described, placement test and course certificate, teaching materials (course book), welcome pack (including handbook with useful information), welcome dinner, activities program, free Internet access (including wireless), library, learning centre, student lounge with TV.
Save!: The longer the duration of your course, the cheaper the price per week! If you are travelling alone, you can share a double room!
|Courses start every Monday||1 Wk||2 Wk||3 Wk||4 Wk||6 Wk||8 Wk||12 Wk||24 Wk|
|Standard course (20 lessons)**||235||470||705||940||1,410||1,880||2,340||-|
|Intensive 'Crash' course (30 lessons)**||320||640||960||1,280||1,920||2,560||3,120||-|
|Business English (30 lessons)**||320||640||960||1,280||1,920||2,560||3,120||-|
|Private course (20 lessons)**||900||1,800||2,700||3,600||5,400||7,200||10,800||-|
|Private course (30 lessons)**||1,350||2,700||4,050||5,400||8,100||10,800||16,200||-|
|Extra individual 1:1 lessons (5 lessons)||225||450||675||900||1,350||1,800||2,700||5,400|
|Extra individual 1:1 lessons (10 lessons)||450||900||1,350||1,800||2,700||3,600||5,400||10,800|
|Exam Course *||4 Wk||8 Wk||9 Wk||10 Wk||12 Wk|
|Cambridge preparation course (30 lessons)**||-||-||-||3,200||3,120|
|IELTS preparation course (30 lessons)**||1,280||2,560||-||-||-|
* Exam fee not included
** During High Season (01 January to 17 February) a supplement of €20 per week is added to the course prices.
The prices for the upcoming year will be published here shortly. We would be delighted if we could provide you with an individual offer in advance.
Course Dates and Info
You should consider the following dates when planning your trip to learn English in Cape Town in South Africa:
Holidays in Cape Town (weekdays) 2017:
02. January, 21. March, 14. April, 17. April, 27. April, 01. May, 16. June, 09. August, 25. September, 25. December, 26. December.
In today’s job market, specialised skills and experience have become increasingly important for an applicant to stand out from other potential candidates. Employers are always on the lookout for new employees who can bring immediate benefits to their company. An internship in Cape Town, where you will also learn the English language, ensures that your CV becomes more attractive to future employers. This unique experience will bring you one step closer to that dream job that you’ve always wanted.
Before you begin your internship in South Africa, you will first take part in a four-week language course of your choice. This course will assist you in honing your ability to express yourself in English and navigate the English-speaking business world with the utmost confidence. However, please keep in mind that in order to qualify for the initial internship, your language skills must be at an intermediate level at least. In addition, we also require that applicants must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate in the program. Internships in Cape Town last between 1 and 6 months and are free-of-charge. The language school will gladly assist you in finding suitable accommodation for the duration of this period.
In order to provide an internship in a relevant professional field to as many students as possible, our Cape Town language school offers a wide selection of businesses spanning various industries such as sales and marketing, finance, public relations and advertising, human resources, legal, engineering, tourism, hotel and culinary arts, accounting, insurance, administration and office work, international trade, charitable organisations and nature conservation.
Enjoy your time at this program in South Africa as you learn English and gain invaluable work experience in this beautiful country. Take advantage of this opportunity to develop skills that will take you far in the job market.
To meet the needs and demands of our students, our Cape Town language school offers a variety of accommodation options to choose from.
The most popular accommodation option is staying with a host family, in which you’ll get to know the South African way of life, culture and people very well. As for host families, you get to choose between staying with a ‘standard’ host family or with a ‘superior’ host family. With a superior host family, you can expect more exclusivity and privacy. The second accommodation option would be staying in a shared apartment, which is an apartment divided into two student dormitories. Lastly, if you would prefer to stay in a hotel, we have a search engine tool on our website that will allow you to search for hotels and rates via booking.com.
Please note that in order to stay with a host family, the student must be at least 16 to 17 years old. Generally, for most types of accommodation, arrivals will take place on Sundays while departures will take place on Saturdays. Airport transfers upon arrival are included with any accommodation booked through the language school.
For any questions regarding accommodation in Cape Town and deciding which accommodation would be best for you, our team is ready and available to help you through the process at any time.
Our shared apartments are situated in the beautiful, central but quiet district of Bo Kaap only a 5 or 10-minute walk from the fashionable Long Street and its bars, restaurants and colourful nightlife. You have magnificent views of the famous Table Mountain and Lion`s Head from the apartments. Both of the apartment buildings are exclusively for students from our school and provide an intimate but also international environment.
The self-catering apartments consist of 6 or 7 bedrooms, which can be booked as single or double rooms. A person travelling on their own can book a double room and the school will find the appropriate person for you to share with. You also have the option of having a private bathroom or a shared bathroom. All of the apartments have a fully equipped communal kitchen with fridge, freezer, cooker, kettle, toaster and microwave. In addition, a washing machine, a dryer and an iron are provided.
Bed linen and towels are provided in the apartments in Cape Town, but please bring your own beach towel. Wi-Fi is also available in the buildings for a small fee. Arrival is scheduled on Sundays and departure on Saturdays. The average age in the shared apartments is relatively young, so we recommend this option to our younger students.
The most popular accommodation option in South Africa is living with a host family. This will give you the opportunity to practise and improve your English outside the classroom and to experience life in Cape Town. The family will make you feel comfortable and you can use your English in a friendly environment and learn more about life in South Africa.
The host family could consist of a typical family with children, a couple or a single person. Please note that the double rooms can only be booked by two people travelling together. In general, arrivals are on the Sundays and departures on Saturdays. Students of 16 or 17 years old are obliged to stay in a host family.
Our language school in Cape Town offers two different categories of host families in order to meet the different needs and requirements of the students: Standard and Superior.
You will be made to feel very welcome in the standard homestay and most of the families live within walking distance of the school. If the family is further away, then they are situated near a bus stop so that you can reach the school easily.
In a superior host family, you will enjoy more privacy in the family and will have a single room with a private bathroom. Most of these host families are located in the immediate vicinity of the school in Cape Town, so that it is within walking distance. You will need to book as early as possible because this accommodation option is very popular and we only have a limited number of them available.
Please feel free to contact the Sprachdirekt team with any further questions you have regarding host families and your stay in South Africa. We look forward to hearing from you.
Accommodation Prices (Euro per person)
|Per week per person||Low|
|Homestay (half board)||200||205||215|
|Homestay twin (half board)||160||165||175|
|Superior Homestay (half board, en-suite)||255||260||275|
|Shared Apartment single (self-catering)||195||205||225|
|Shared Apartment twin (self-catering)||160||170||180|
Airport transfer is included in the price if you book an accommodation through us. Arrival is usually on Sundays and departure on Saturdays.
The prices for the upcoming year will be published here shortly. We would be delighted if we could provide you with an individual offer in advance.
Our partner language school offers great many exciting activities so that you can get to know the country and people, build friendships with other students from around the world and use the language that you learn in the lessons. There is a balanced and varied activities program which offers something for everybody. The program is updated weekly and pays particular attention to local holidays and special events and includes them in the program.
The activity program is extremely diverse. You can climb the world-famous Table Mountain and see the unique landscape around Cape Town from above, and then return to the valley with the famous Cable Cars. Enjoy a wonderful view of the city and Robben Island or visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you can learn more about the flora and fauna of South Africa. You could go on a safari and experience Africa's breathtaking wilderness up close and marvel at the incredible nature on horseback. Visit some classic South African restaurants and discover typical dishes and the local food culture. Discover Cape Town on a guided tour or try your luck at the Grand West Casino.
The school team will let you know about the up-coming excursions and activities when you arrive at the school in Cape Town. The staff will also provide you with a few insider tips on local attractions and events.