About ETC International College

ETC International College is a leading English language, higher and further education college in Bournemouth and is your solution to learning English within an English environment. We are passionate about language learning and aim to provide professional, qualified teaching in a relaxed atmosphere. We offer a wide selection of English language courses in Bournemouth which guarantee a steady, yet fun, progression.

Choosing to study with us means you can expect great teaching, clear progress and an excellent service.
Experience the UK like never before, learn in an authentic, but modern environment and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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Why Study at ETC?

Popular Courses at ETC

  • Standard (15 hours per week)
  • Intensive (18 hours per week)
  • Super Intensive (21 hours per week)
  • IELTS Exam Preparation (15 hours per week)
  • B2 First Exam Preparation (15 hours per week)
  • C1 Advanced Exam Preparation (15 hours per week)


We have something for everyone

Studying in the UK as a foreign student can be scary, but it doesn’t need to be! One of the first things you will need to organise for your stay in Bournemouth is your accommodation.

ETC International College offers both homestay and residence accommodation. Take a look at our accommodation options below.

Homestay Accommodation 

Residence Accommodation

My ETC Story - Izabel Scalabrin

I had an amazing time at ETC! Everyone was so friendly. Bournemouth is a great town to spend time in and it’s the perfect location, just 2 hours from London. The beaches are fantastic and there’s always something going on. From the moment I arrived, ETC felt like a second home.

My teachers really made my learning experience fun and I learned a lot in a very short space of time. Looking to the future I know my time at ETC will surely help my career opportunities.

Thank you ETC!

Hi everyone I would like to recommend you study English language with ETC International College, I have been studying here for 7 months and I improve a lot. You can find as many great teachers here that would you help you, also you can find students from many countries!! Come here and enjoy with us!!!
Natalia Correa
This school is cheap price and there are many good teachers and students. It’s near the Bournemouth square. So it’s easy to go to pub or eat delicious food. The staffs are also so kind that you can get many helps if you need help. I recommend this school. You can enjoy British life here.
Sinho Lee
South Korea
ETC school of English is the place where you learn English under high quality standards, find different alternatives to invest your free time and make new friends from all over the world. ETC language school offers an integral way of learning English and it keeps its promise.
Camila Vélez

Accreditations and Affiliations

The ISI is an approved educational oversight body authorised by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to carry out inspections following the UK’s framework for Educational Oversight. ETC International College was awarded Grade 1 (Exceeds Expectations) in all categories of their ISI Report in November 2012 and 2013, including:

  • Quality of the curriculum.
  • Teaching and learners’ achievement.
  • Students’ welfare (including health and safety and the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management).

View our ISI Report 2018   View our ISI Report 2016   View our ISI Report 2015   View our ISI Report 2013   View our ISI Report 2012

The British Council most recently inspected and accredited ETC International College in August 2019. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details). This large private language school offers courses in general and professional English for adults and vacation courses for under-16s and young adults aged 16-17). Points of excellence were noted in aspects of general management, academic management and the leisure programme. The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

Why choose a British Council school? View our British Council Report 2019 View our British Council certficiate

For more information on the British Council, please visit their website.

ETC International College is a Tier 4 Sponsor and is licensed by the Home Office to enrol international students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

ETC is a member of English UK, the world’s leading language teaching association. By studying at an English UK school you can be assured of the quality of teaching and the high standard of care you will receive during your stay.

RALSA (the Regional Accredited Language Schools’ Association)

RALSA has existed for more than 25 years and was established on the fundamental principle of promoting Bournemouth as a centre of educational excellence. The primary objective of all RALSA schools is to offer quality English language tuition to international students in safe, secure and professionally-accredited institutes. The Association operates as a committee and provides a forum for members to discuss matters of educational and professional interest


IEF (the International Education Forum)

IEF (the International Education Forum) England is renowned for its internationally recognised qualifications and the expertise of its teaching staff. It is against this background that the International Education Forum was established to promote the Bournemouth and Poole area as a world-class centre for excellence in international education. The Forum is a unique partnership between the public and private sectors. It is made up of local education providers with strong and proven track records in their individual fields. The Boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole are also actively involved through their Tourism Offices. At a local level, the Forum has taken up the challenge of the Prime Minister’s initiative to promote UK education to a world-wide audience. The educational organisations involved in this innovative project are Bournemouth University, The Arts University College at Bournemouth, the Bournemouth and Poole College, Accredited English Language Schools, and White House Guardianships (which offers a placement service into local private and state-run high schools). This co-operation between such a wide range of partners aims to ensure that international students receive maximum benefit from their stay in Bournemouth and Poole. The Principal of ETC International College, David Jones, is currently Chair of the International Education Forum and represents the international education sector at meetings of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board and the Bournemouth Tourism Marketing Group


Dorset Business (The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Dorset Business (The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry) ETC International College is one of a very small number of international schools and colleges to have become a member of Dorset Business. Membership of Dorset Business gives ETC valuable access to industry guidance, networking opportunities, training opportunities for its staff, plus business development and marketing opportunities for the college as a whole.


Federation of Small Businesses Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.


Investors in People Investors in People

ETC International College has held the Investors In People award since 2002. ETC is one of the only private language colleges to hold this award in the country. Investors in People specialises in transforming business performance through people. It has helped us to achieve our objectives by targeting our chosen business and staff training and development priorities.


Around ETC

New ETC Laboratories

The ETC International College laboratory and workshop facility has completed a significant refurbishment and is now being used for a wide range of practical learning applications for our students.

The on-site facility is divided into four distinct areas, all of which are equipped to allow students the opportunity to research, experiment and create technology and equipment integral to their course of study.

The areas are also used for prototype development and testing linked to project work, where Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical and Aeronautical disciplines can overlap, for example with the installation of electrical & electronic control systems into remote control yachts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol at ETC International College?

To enrol at ETC, click the button below to complete the enrolment form. Once you have completed this enrolment form, a member of our admissions staff will contact you with further information.

Click here to enrol at ETC

What is my current English level?

You will take an English test on your first Monday studying at ETC. We use this test to learn your current level of English which helps us know in which class you would learn best.

If you would like to take an English test early we have an online test that is available. It is free to take this test.

Click here to take the English test

What is the minimum age of study?

Students must be aged 16+ years old to study on an Adult course from September to May. In June, July and August, our Junior Programme is available for students aged 12-17 years old.

I have another question. How do I contact you?

Contacting a member of ETC is really easy! Complete the contact form below and we will make sure your enquiry is answered as soon as possible.

About Bournemouth

What makes Bournemouth so amazing?

With a population of just over 163,000, it is large enough to have all the facilities of a big town but small enough that you should never feel lost!

  • Bournemouth has over 7 miles (11km) of award-winning sandy beaches and over 200 restaurants & bars.
  • Coaches and trains run several times every hour to and from London.
  • You can fly from many European cities to Bournemouth or nearby Southampton airport.

Bournemouth has so much to see and do throughout the year. You can take a look at the latest events in the area by clicking here. With over 6 million visitors each year, Bournemouth is the perfect place to study and relax.

Did you know that Bournemouth was founded in 1810? Famous residents both past and present include JRR Tolkien, Alex James, Christian Bale, Jane Goodall, Harry Redknapp and more. Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, is buried in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth is home to Bournemouth AFC, a Championship league football team. Vitality Stadium is the club’s home ground.

Contact us

If you would like to ask us a question please complete the form below. If your request is urgent please contact the emergency telephone. You will have received this number in your welcome pack and in your acceptance letter.

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