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FAQs

Is Studio idependent or part of a "chain" of schools?

Studio Cambridge is an indepenedent school. We are part of the Full Circle Education Group that owns several stand-alone schools in the UK, but we are not part of an EFL multi-centre group or "chain" of schools. 80% of our students come through the personal recommendation of past students and Education Counsellors overseas, not from advertising or marketing campaigns. We are proud of the reputation we have built over the past six decades, as one of the premier English schools in the UK.

When should I arrive in England?

Our courses run from Monday to Saturday. Therefore we encourage you to arrive on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Sunday at the end of your course. Airport transfers are included in your fees on Sundays, from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airports. If you have chosen to stay in Homestay accommodation, we ask you to arrive in the UK no later than 20:00 on the Sunday.

Are your courses accredited by the government or any other official authority?

Studio Cambridge is a founder member of EnglishUK, accredited by the British Council and a member of IALC (International Association of Language Centres).

I want to be in the same class as my friend, is this possible?

We can place you and your friend together, but only if you have the same level of English. If you do not want to be in the same class as your friend, this can often be arranged - but it will depend on the availability of places.

What kind of clothing should I bring?

Most of your clothes should be informal or casual. You will need some warm and waterproof outer clothing (yes, even in the summer!) and, perhaps, something a little more formal for evenings out at a restaurant or a social event. An umbrella or raincoat is also recommended.

How far is my accommodation from the school?

Hosts' houses are typically no more than 25-30 minutes' away from school, by bus, bicycle or on foot. Residential accommodation is either on campus or a 5 - 10 minute walk from the teaching centre.

Where is Cambridge?

Cambridge is superbly located, close to London and yet in the peaceful English countryside. It is 95 kilometres from central London, 135 kilometres from Oxford and 40 minutes' drive from the closest airport, London Stansted.

How big is Cambridge?

The resident population of Cambridge is approximately 100,000 and there are also 20,000 university students. Approximately 4 million people per year visit the city (tourists and business people).

What's the weather going to be like in Cambridge?

British weather is seldom very hot or very cold (we have a temperate climate). It rains frequently. Here are the minimum and maximum temperatures for each season: January - March max 8 min 2 April - June max 16 min 7 July - September max 21 min 11 October - December max 15 min 3

Do I need to show the school my passport?

Yes, We will need to see your passport on the first day of school. Please bring it with you.

Is it safe in Cambridge?

Cambridge has fewer crimes than many other cities in Britain and is considered a pleasant and safe place to live and study.

How can I contact someone if I have a problem and the school is closed?

We have a 24-hour emergency telephone number available when the school is closed. The number will be sent to you with confirmation of your enrolment.

What happens if I can't arrange flights to arrive or depart on Sunday?

You can arrive on other days and still join the courses but this will usually be more expensive. Your accommodation is booked from Sunday to Sunday and a transfer is only free if you arrive / depart on a Sunday. Arriving or departing on any other day will mean that an extra cost applies.

What happens if I can't arrange flights to arrive or depart from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airport?

You can arrive or depart at other airports and we will still be able to arrange for someone to meet you and take you to/from your accommodation. However, this will usually be more expensive. Transfers are only free if you arrive / depart from Heathrow or Stansted airports. Arriving or departing from any other airport will mean that an extra cost applies.

What happens if I don't want Studio to arrange a transfer for me?

This is not a problem. If you want to make your own way to Studio you should tell us on the application form.

What happens if I don't want Studio to arrange insurance for me?

Insurance is automatically included for all courses - if you don't wish to use it, this is no problem. There is no reduction in price for not using our included insurance.

Is Studio accredited?

Studio is accredited by the British Council and IALC (International Association of Language Courses).

Is Studio in the right place?

There are many attractive cities and towns in Britain. We believe, however, that Cambridge, Reading, Richmond, Ely and Bishop's Stortford are the ideal places for the international student - not just to study but to sample real English life. They are historic towns, with lots to see and do and a welcoming attitude. They are in easy travelling distance from several international airports.

Do I have full and accurate information?

In writing this website, we have tried to be as accurate and detailed as we can. We hope that you will find all the information you need. However, where you study English is an important decision, so please contact us if you have any doubts or need further explanations.

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