English course in Chicago
A whirlwind of adventure in the Windy City!
Information on the English School in Chicago
Chicago is the third most populous city in the US, with a population of over 9.5 million, making it impossible for you to be disenchanted by its cultural charm and atmosphere. It is undeniably an impressive city, consistently commended for having vivid vibes and enticing eateries, with over 40 notable breweries as well as 4,700 restaurants to choose from! You can find anything from classy wine tasting sessions and edgy hipster bars, to festivals and street food.
To put it simply, Chicago is an exceptional place to study, not only because of its architecture, museums, theatre and stunning towering skyline, but also for offering a truly endless list of things to do and enjoy during your English course here.
The school boasts state of the art classrooms, all equipped with modern learning facilities. You will also be able to make use of the computer lab and student lounge, with free Wi-Fi throughout the building. It is excellently located on the famous Michigan Mile (shopping district) and just a short walk from the stunning sandy shores of Lake Michigan.
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One to One Lessons in Chicago
[+] To make the most of your language course, you can integrate some individual English lessons with your group course. Thanks to individually tailored lessons, you will have a double advantage: you can interact with other students in the morning classes, then focus on your individual improvement in the afternoon. Having a tutor at your disposal is very useful. You can focus on your weaknesses (comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, etc.) or develop target vocabulary. >> Read more
General or Intensive English Course in Chicago for Adults
[+] This English course teaches students practical English through thematic, interactive and engaging lessons. The program covers all four communication skills: reading, writing, oral expression and comprehension. Included in the course price is also a variety of useful and fun extra-curricular activities and workshops, an ideal way to socialize with classmates and practice your English! >> Read more
Certify your study stay in Chicago
What certificates can you get?
At the end of your English language course you will receive a certificate of participation stating the dates, the type of course and the language level you have achieved. This certificate of partecipation is a nice addition to your CV. Remember that to get your level certified and recognised internationally, you will have to take a test like the IELTS or TOEFL, for example. You can apply for your examination directly at school, there are normally 2 sessions every month.
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Tips, tricks and links - Independent accommodation
[+] No matter why you're after an independent accommodation, maybe that was your first choice anyway, or you simply couldn't find anything available through the school... When the time to find a private accommodation comes, there are some tips and tricks that might come in handy. Find out more about the ... >> Read more
[+] This is the perfect solution for students wishing to be in close proximity to other students studying at the school. The apartments are the most cost-effective solution in comparison to renting your own apartment or a hotel. You will find them equipped with everything – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry ... >> Read more
[+] Staying with a host family offers you a unique and unforgettable experience – a cultural exchange which will leave you with lasting memories. You’ll be staying at the home of a local family, where you’ll have your own room (single or twin on request) in a sociable and hospitable environment. T ... >> Read more
Extra activities, learn while having fun!
What extra activities are available for the students in Chicago
Each English Course includes a variety of educational and social activities for free, which are specifically designed to promote linguistic practice and socializing. Activities are ongoing and differ from week to week, involving teachers and participating adult students that come from all around the world. There are also varied activities such as concerts and movie nights that can be purchased directly at the school, so make sure you inquire! Among the free activities, you'll find:
- Pronunciation Classes;
- Arts and Food Cultural Evenings;
- Sports, Walking and Hiking;
- Guided Tours of surrounding areas and local markets;
- Focus Groups for conversation practice;
Why study English in Chicago
Find out why this destination may be the right choice for you!
Chicago, known as the ‘Windy City’, has a lot more to it than its famous pizza! It is a city brimming with history. Aside from the awe-inspiring skyline, students can take a break and experience the Willis Tower Skydeck, or unwind under the skyscrapers on one of Chicago’s 26 beaches.
You can choose to take a helicopter tour, a tranquil boat ride, or while away the hours at the ‘Magnificent Mile’, which is home to more than 465 stores in one shopping district! This area comes to life during Labor Day Weekend, where the Magnificent Mile Festival fuses fashion, fitness and food with an abundant schedule of special events that will cater to everyone’s tastes. Immerse yourself in the diverse culture and environment of the urban lifestyle.
Chicago has an excellent transportation network of both buses and trains as well as a subway system, so getting around is never a problem, even during the coldest of days. All networks provide frequent services from downtown Chicago to the outer suburbs.
Statistics, some interesting numbers
Does this English course meet what someone of your age and nationality needs? Check it out by comparing the facts.
- OTHER21 % 21 %
- SAUDI ARABIA13 % 13 %
- KOREA12 % 12 %
- BRAZIL10 % 10 %
- TURKEY9 % 9 %
- VENEZUELA9 % 9 %
- JAPAN8 % 8 %
- COLOMBIA7 % 7 %
- FRANCE5 % 5 %
- GERMANY2% 2%
Here the age groups at the English school in Chicago:
- 18-29 80 % 80 %
- 30+ 40+ 50+20% 20%
Structure and timetable of English course in Chicago
First day in Chicago
The first day begins at 08:30 with reception, registration and a short language test. The test is nothing to worry about, it’s specifically designed to put you in a class with other students of a similar level to yours. The test will be followed by a session / welcome speech, the handing out of the teaching calendar and other activities, and possibly lessons.
Welcome Package Tipically, on your first day of English course in Chicago students get a welcome package, including a manual with information about Chicago , the schedule of classes, some detailed information about your English course in Chicago , suggestions for free time activities, a list of extra learning activities, the school regulations and some important contact information including the emergency telephone number of the school (which you can contact 24 hours a day during your entire stay).
Welcome Event On the first day of your course you are invited to a welcome event. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other students on your English course and from the school.
As of your second day, you will start with the regular timetable. For courses of 20 lessons/week, it typically starts at about 09:00 am up until 12:30, with a coffee break in the middle. For courses of 30 lessons/week, the timetable also includes an afternoon session, typically from 13:30 up to 15:00.
NOTE: At certain times (often in the High Season), the school opts for a “Double Banking” time table, this means that your lessons will be held in the morning one day, and in the afternoon the day after. Naturally, the overall amount of lessons you booked will be completed.
Useful information about Chicago
Not to be missed!
- Wrigley Field
- Green Mill
- Millennium Park
- The Bean
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Field Museum
- The Shedd Aquarium
How to get around Chicago
The best way to travel lightweight and securely, is to use your mobile and Google Maps to organize your commutes, you probably use it already, but just in case… try it out here: Google maps. Also, in most English speaking countries worldwide you can use private transport services such as Uber and Bolt. Please try them out, you will find the Apps on your mobile App store, most students use these services to commute from and to school, sharing the rides with their class mates.
Cost of living, some examples
- Big Mac $6.00
- Sandwich $4.00
- Can of Coca Cola $1.00
- Coffee in a cafe $2.50
- 1 litre of milk $2.00
- 2 litres of water $1.20
- 2 meals in an average restaurant $24.00
- SIM Card $5
- Cinema Ticket $9