United Kingdom

Cities

LondonLondon was first founded by the Romans in the first century A.D. It was built at the lowest bridgeable point of the Thames River. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, London rapidly swallowed up the surrounding villages. It covers six hundred and twenty five square miles, and is the largest city in Europe.

London’s rich history, striking architecture, diverse culture and over 200 museums offer a unique travel experience. Modern-day London still largely reflects its medieval layout. The city is perfect for walk tours with 30% of it is made up of acres of parkland and green space. It typically gets some rainfall half the days of the year -- especially in winter. Average temperatures range from 40 F/4 C to 64 F/18 C. Its grand and stately homes offer fascinating insights into the lifestyles, past and present, of the British nobility.

London is a major tourist destination - counting iconic landmarks such as the British Museum, its most visited tourist attraction is home to the weird Assyrian treasures and Egyptian mummies; House of Parliament, this brilliant neo-Gothic building also includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords; Buckingham Palace, built in 1705 and home to the royal family since 1837; Covent Garden, once a vegetable field, today, the piazza is surrounded by designer gift and clothes shops, hip bars and restaurants; Hyde Park, once a royal hunting ground, a venue for duels, executions and horse racing, it is now a place of fresh air, spring colour, lazy sunbathers and boaters on the Serpentine; Kew Gardens, is both a beautiful park and an important botanical research centre; Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the venerable building, complete with famous dome, was constructed by Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1710; and Westminster Abby, resting place of the royals, and one of the most visited churches in the Christian world.

London has an immense choice of shopping opportunities, from major department stores to designer boutiques and street markets. Almost any item that exists in the world and is for sale can be found somewhere in London. Notting Hill is London's prime fashion location and Browns of South Molton Street is perfect for the more fashionable shoppers. Bond Street is renowned for its art galleries, antique and jewellery shops as well as boutiques of internationally known fashion designers, while, West End is home to the grand department stores. Marks & Spencer is one of Britain's largest chain stores. The increasingly fashion-conscious Selfridges on Oxford Street offers hard-to-find labels as well as top designer collections. Harrods, in Knightsbridge, is one of the best free shows in the city with truly unique products.

-changing nightlife is diverse enough to fit any interest. There are huge numbers of pubs, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs plus live music and comedy venues. Piccadilly Circus is at the heart of London's entertainment district.

For eating, there are about 80 cuisines on offer in London, and delightful ethnic restaurants. There are thousands of Indian restaurants, many of whom serve food until midnight.

If you enjoy the arts, London features Shakespearean theatre and Handel oratorios, the roof-rattling Proms concerts, Andrew Lloyd Webber-ish extravaganzas, magnificent opera and contemporary dance theatre. The Royal Ballet performs at the world-renowned Royal Opera House. The Donmar, Almeida, and Royal Court theatres have several shows. And The Place is known for its contemporary dance performances. The Bankside Power Station is home to Architects Herzog and de Meuron’s world-class Tate Modern contemporary art gallery.

London busesOn the West End, there is everything from Moulin Rouge-style lounge clubs, industrial microbreweries, velvet-dripping drum 'n' bass clubs, to lavish Asian-themed cocktail bars. In East London, communities like Clerkenwell, Hoxton, and Shoreditch are hubs for artists, indie musicians, and fashion and media types. The raw culture of racially diverse Brixton cultivates a heady mix of art, poetry, and music on Coldharbour Lane.

With a population of almost seven million that speaks over 300 languages, this vibrant cosmopolitan city embraces the diverse cultures of its population, reflected through myriad of different lifestyles, cuisine, shops, music and colourful festivals.

Frances King Centres: There are three different study centres. One is located in the Kensington and Chelsea area, another just 2 minutes from Victoria Station, and the third in the Marylebone area close to the Bond Street station. The first two centres are located in completely refurbished traditional Victorian buildings, with a student services office and over 15 classrooms spread across each building.

Also all centres boast a central common area where students can meet during breaks or access, plus a study room with free Internet access and wireless network (WIFI), combined with a range of English materials for self-study including online exercises, cassettes, videos, books, examination practice materials, newspapers and magazines.

The City of Oxford is located in central southern England, just some 50 miles west of London in its own county town of Oxfordshire. It is home to under 165,000 inhabitants, and the University of Oxford - considered to be the oldest university city in the United Kingdom.

"Oxanforda", as it was known, was first occupied in Saxon times. Settlement began in the 8th century, and was first mentioned in written records in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 912. By the 10th century Oxford had become an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. The University of Oxford was founded in the 12th century and therefore constitutes the oldest English-speaking university.

Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town and also home to a growing hi-tech community. Its diverse economy includes motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses, as well as education, research and tourism.

It is full of beautiful places to visit that allows you to take in the history and architectural beauty of medieval times.
Apart from sightseeing, you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry at a local café. The Café scene is alive and well around Oxford - you are never more than a few minutes away from one. There is also a wide variety of restaurants, specializing in everything from Malaysian and Libyan to home-style British pubs. Kebabs vans and fish-and-chip shops offer a quick bite to eat. Or you might like to do some shopping in Corn market Street, Queen Street, or the lovely Covered Market.
For a evening out, it is an English tradition for young people to enjoy a few hours at their local pub. Oxford boasts dozens of “public houses” where you can enjoy a pint of beer and a chat with friends. After dark, the Oxford club scene comes to life. The city offers a range of nightclubs and music venues where you and your new friends can listen to live music being performed, or dance the night away.

No matter what the weather, most English people love to play sport and be outdoors. Perhaps you’d like to play a game of football in University Parks, or take a long countryside walk through Port Meadow to the Perch Pub in Binsey. You can take advantage of dozens of outdoors and sports opportunities in and around the city.
Oxford features many brilliant cultural venues. This is also a theater town, among the many choices are the Oxford Playhouse for drama and comedy; the 1,800-seat New Theater Oxford for Broadway-style musicals as well as concerts and ballet; and the cozy Pegasus Theater which turns 50 years in 2012 and features drama, comedy and dance. On a rainy afternoon, one may enjoy a visit to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology or spending a Sunday morning listening to live music at one of the Coffee Concerts. - you will have countless chances to enjoy this stimulating environment.

CIE Bocardo centre: The main location is a typical city centre building in Oxford. Situated just opposite the Oxford Union in St Michael's Street, it consists of 6 classrooms for groups of 2 to 8 students. There is a student common room, including a small library and internet-enabled computers with free access.
The building houses a kitchenette, with tea and coffee, a microwave oven, and a refrigerator where students may keep packed lunches. Plus the reception area and an administrative office.

United Kindom Information

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through the United Kingdom.

***Please note that prices listed page serves as an approximation and may vary from actual prices*** ***Please confirm prices before your travel time. *** ***NIK|LAS is not responsible for changes of the prices or schedules***
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Bus/UK Railway

Stagecoach buses depart every half-hour to take you to fantastic brand-name outlet shopping at nearby Bicester Village. The Oxford Bus Company offers local buses as well as regular buses to London.

Oxford

Oxford rail station is in the centre of town, near Oxford University’s Said Business School. There is a large railway station in the western part of the city and south of Jericho.

Fast First Great Western trains run to/from London every 30 minutes, duration of trip is 1 hr. These trains may make stops at Reading, Slough (for Windsor Castle), and Didcot Parkway stations. Cost: £4 – £40.

There are also stopping services to London calling at a large number of stations, which run every hour, duration of trip is 90 minutes.

First Great Western runs hourly trains on the Cotswold line to Worcester and to Bicester. Cross Country Trains run through Oxford, mostly running to/from Manchester and Southampton. These trains run approximately half-hourly in both directions, making stops at Reading when going south, and at Leamington Spa for Warwick, Warwick Castle, and Birmingham when going north. The last train stops at about 9PM.

Travel Insurance

Medical Insurance: We advise all citizens/Residents of the EU to bring the E111 documents to Great Britain. If you require medical treatment, with this document and the medical bill you will be able to reclaim the medical expenses from your country of origin. Everyone else is also advised to take out insurance to cover health.

Travel Insurance: We advise all travelers to take out insurance to cover personal property.

Low Priced Airlines From Major European Cities

These airliners provide inexpensive flights to and from Great Britain between other Europe cities. IT can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Great Britain in order to locate a lower cost trip.

Weather

 

Holidays & Festivals in United Kingdom

 

HOLIDAYS 2015
New Year's DayBank Holiday - Scotland

St Patrick's Day - Northern Ireland

Good Friday - Christian

Easter Monday - Christian

May Bank Holiday - Scotland

Spring Bank Holiday - Britain

Orange Day, Battle of Boyne - Northern Ireland

Summer Bank Holiday - Scotland

Summer Bank Holiday - Britain outside Scotland

Guy Fawkes Day - England

Christmas - Christian

Day after Christmas, St Stephen's, Boxing Day

January 1stJanuary 2nd

March 17

April 18

April 21

May 5

May 26

July 12

August 4th

August 25th

November 5th

December 25th

December 26th

FESTIVALS

The United Kingdom have a number of festivals celebrated across its regions.

A few are listed below:

Guy Fawkes Day (also known as Bonfire Night) celebrates the 5th November 1605 when Guy Fawkes (also known as Guido - yes, really) and other religious protesters were stopped from destroying the British Houses of Parliament with explosives. In 1606 Parliament agreed to make 5th November a day of public thanksgiving and ever since then the day has been commemorated with bonfires being set alight, effigies of Guy Fawkes being burnt, and fireworks set off.

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day (the 11th of November) marks the signing of the armistice to signal the end, at 11 a.m. on 11th November 1918, of World War One, "the War to end all Wars". The dead of World War II and Korea, and of all other wars are also remembered. In Britain, it is observed with a two minutes silence. Paper poppies are sold in England, the proceeds going to war veterans. Wreaths of poppies are laid at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London on the second Sunday in November and there are remembrance services in many British churches.

May Day occurs on May 1. This holiday celebrates international workers' day. In Oxford, England, there are street celebrations early in the morning.

Halloween, on October 31, celebrates people's fear of supernatural powers. Children (and adults) dress up in costumes as ghosts, witches, and similar. Children can go from house to house demanding nice snacks to eat with the phrase: "Trick or Treat!" which means, "Give us a snack or we'll do something bad to you".

Location : All United Kingdom


 

Bristol Balloon Fiesta has the Bristol skies fill with color for one weekend in August. This annual hot air balloon festival gets bigger and better each year. It claims to be the biggest of its kind in Europe with around half a million spectators during its four-day festival of fun and flying. The Fiesta takes place in the rolling parkland of Ashton Court Estate, Bristol from early morning to late in the evening. It features mass launches of over 100 balloons, daredevil stunts, funfairs and music of all kinds, plus a wealth of family entertainment activities in a non-stop carnival atmosphere.

Location : Bristol


The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in East Lancashire town, on the final weekend in August, provides four days of unadulterated international Rhythm and Blues indulgence for blues fans from across the world. With over 60,000 visitors during the four-day festival, it is the largest event of its kind in the UK. The festival continues to astonish by providing unforgettable blues memories from International and homegrown talent alike. It is renowned for bringing some of the finest new talent in the blues and R&B world and mixing it with the greats upon on stage throughout the weekend. The International Stage and the Super Roadhouse Stage are the two main venues with over twenty other stages providing free wall-to-wall R & B with everything from Texas Swing to Mississippi delta blues, from jive to soul and gospel.

Location : Colne


Edinburgh International Festival runs for three weeks during the months of August and September. Founded in 1947, it has earned its reputation as one of the world's greatest celebrations of the arts. The founders believed that the Festival programs should be of the highest possible artistic standard presented by the best artists in the world, that the Festival should enliven and enrich the cultural life of Europe, Britain and Scotland and that it should provide a period of flowering of the human spirit. Thus, the festival has developed significantly over the years. It features the best in opera, music, dance and theatre from around the world. It attracts audiences from around the world to the city's thrilling atmosphere. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performance by internationally renowned artists as well as the joy of discovering new and unfamiliar works. Every day from eleven in the morning to late at night you can experience some of the most exciting and innovative artists.

Royal Highland Show takes place over four days at the end of June each year and is the largest single annual event in the Scottish calendar. It attracts 150,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors each year to the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. The Show features a Scottish food exhibition from Exhibitors across Scotland, Wales, England and Europe, 0ver 5,000 pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair, Scottish Champion of Champions Sheepdog Trials, Sheep Shearing, Heavy Horse Driving, Farriery, Dancing Diggers, Food from Scotland, Cookery Demos and lots more.

Location : Edinburg


London Ski Club Winter Carnival, at Boler Mountain in London, in February. There is free skiing on Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday night are fireworks shows. Other events include a speed race open to anyone, pancake breakfast, and more celebration of outside activities.

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place on the last Sunday and Monday of August. The celebration brings London to life with music, dance, costume and food. It showcases the diversity of Caribbean culture in the UK. It first began in St Pancras Town Hall in 1958 by Caribbean immigrants, particularly from Trinidad, where the Carnival tradition is very strong. For several years it was held in various halls until it finally settled in Notting Hill in 1964. Locals immigrants dreamt of creating this festival to bring together the people of Notting Hill, most of whom were facing racism, lack of working opportunities, and poor housing conditions. Since then, it has grown into a huge event with the Jubilee procession down the Mall and is now one of the best carnivals in the UK attracting over a million people each year. There are five disciplines which all play s part on the two days of Carnival-on-the-Road:

- Mas' from (costumed procession, Masquerade bands, floats),

- Steelband (Traditional Trinidadian instrument which is either static, or worn around the neck),

- Calypso (Traditional Trinidadian music with political, social and satirical commentary, set to music),

- Soca (the traditional music of Carnival, a fusion of Soul and Calypso, its calypso's modern, more energetic form)

- Static Sound Systems (Originally from Jamaica, plays a range of music)

Today, the Carnival also features music from hip-hop, house and salsa to West African drumming, and two enormous live stages. For many people the Notting Hill Carnival has become a celebration and reflection of London's uniquely multicultural make-up.

London Film Festival, in October thru November, hosts gala screenings, special events, It showcases the best new movies from around the world and welcomes film-makers, writers and actors live on-stage. The Guardian Interviews, and UK, European and World Premieres, the British Film Institute's London Film Festival is the leading non-competitive event in the international cinema calendar.

 

London International Boat Show, in January, is a glittering affair, with all the best in boating on display. London's Earls Court houses the international boat show with all the latest in boats, equipment, water sports and holidays.

Location: London


London Marathon in April, Aside from being a natural arena for competitiveness and human achievement, the London Marathon is a huge asset to thousands of charities who enter athletes in the hope of raising money, usually on a sponsorship basis.

Location: London


St Patrick's Day on March 17th is the patron saint of the Republic of Ireland. Irish people around the world celebrate their national identity. In the Republic of Ireland, this day is strongly celebrated. At this time, there are various Irish pride parades joined with the sounds of the Bagpipe. The festive atmosphere can be enjoyed at many Irish Pubs way into the night.

Location: Republic of Ireland, Rest of the UK

EXCURSIONS

There are various activities and excursions offered during the year and helps you get to know other students and members of staff and enjoy the culture and entertainment of London and Britain. You may participate in short walks around the historic center or at the Welcome party during your first days. While some activities may be free, for others, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to monuments, galleries, museums, and tours, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From London

Salisbury and Stonehenge, Leeds Castle, Oxford, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Zoo and Camden Town, Madam Tussaud's and the Planetarium, Greenwich by boat, Walk of Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, Soho and the West End, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Tate Britain, and The National Gallery.

PICK-UP

Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure from London Airports. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance

Location: London , Oxford


LODGING OPTIONS

lodging-ukNIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in England while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 10 - 45 minutes by metro from the center. Located in Zones 1, 2, and 3. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behaviour; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect apartment mates schedule and customs. In short, be responsible for yourself.


Shared Apartments

Apartments are simply furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in a shared apartment with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room). Single or double rooms options.

Location: London


Private One-Bedroom/Studio

Private one bedroom apartment or studio for 1 or 2 persons who require a little more privacy. They are fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television and 1 bathroom. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries.

Location: London


Homestay/Host Family

Staying with an English Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of social English English. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with an English family with a meal option of breakfast(1 meal/day) or half board (2 meals/day). You are made to feel completely at home with their families and enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into English family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house. You will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: London, Oxford


Student Residence

We offer a variety of residential accommodation in central London. The residence houses several rooms with students also studying English. You have access to communal area of the fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with TV, video, as well as washing machines. You have a choice of handling your own meals or requesting a meal plan of breakfast(1 meal/day) or half board (2 meals/day). It has an international atmosphere, where English is the common language. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: London

Our courses are for those who need to communicate effectively and achieve fluency in everyday English. There is a wide choice of courses ranging from 6-25 hours per week and courses at lower prices for students who study in the afternoon. You learn in a lively, international atmosphere with students, graduates and working people from over 80 different countries. Personal tutorials with your teacher ensure attention to individual needs.

Here, one learns the language as well as, the grammar structures in a stimulating atmosphere at all levels. Your vocabulary will increase daily as you become more accustomed to the sound of the language. The language courses provide systematic acquisition of skills covering all aspects of the English language; broadening of grammar, structure and vocabulary; intensive training in oral and written expression; study of English culture and civilization.

Group courses features a maximum of 10-15 participants of different countries seeking to improve skills in a wholly English environment. Complete beginners start on specific dates during the year, please ask us about those dates.

*When Monday is a public holiday, courses start on the following Tuesday. Timetable: 1 hour = 50 minute lesson and a 10 minute break.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

English Online

Individual lessons using distance learning for students with basic knowledge of beginner English. The course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons. It features general English lessons, high quality TOEFL and IELTS, Conversational and Business courses under professional training from well experienced native English teachers.

This interactive and professional comprehensive online programs is designed to help the student cover all sections of the language including practice tasks and questions, revision, study skills, tips and strategies It is a revolutionary way to excel in the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace, in your own time. You will just need to sit in front of your computer in a comfort zone, sipping on coffee or a cold beverage, while enjoying your learning experience.

Location: All

Semi Standard

These courses takes place either during the afternoon between 13h00 - 14h50 or during the evening between 18h00 - 20h00. Afternoon sessions are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday while Evening sessions are on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you have a particular schedule preference, please indicate at time of registration. These classes are suitable for people working or studying in London and also for au-pairs (these courses are not valid for visa applications). The focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Location: London Levels: Elementary and above

Semi Standard

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday between 9h00 - 12h00. 15 hours weekly group class. Our popular standard course with emphasis on everyday English. The focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Standard [Afternoon]

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday between 13h00 - 16h00. An economy afternoon course with emphasis on everyday English. The focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Location: London Levels: Elementary and above

Standard [Evening]

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday between 15h00 - 18h00 or 16h00 - 19h00. Class hours are assigned on the first day. An economy afternoon course with emphasis on everyday English. The focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Location: London Levels: Elementary and above

Standard Plus

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday from 9h00 - 13h00. It is made up of Standard English classes in the morning followed by an extra hour of Conversation. A very popular course with focus on improving speaking skills. General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Extra Conversation to help you develop fluency in a friendly, informal atmosphere with experienced and sympathetic teachers. Interesting topics are discussed with time for correction and feedback. Extra Conversation only has participants of 6-10 students total

In Oxford, the Standard Plus course is 15 hour weekly group course combine with 5 hours of Individual private course.

Location: All Levels: All

Standard Plus [Afternoon]

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday from 12h00 - 16h00. It is made up of an hour of Conversation class in the afternoon followed by Standard English classes. This economy course focuses on improving speaking skills. General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Extra Conversation to help you develop fluency in a friendly, informal atmosphere with experienced and sympathetic teachers. Interesting topics are discussed with time for correction and feedback. Extra Conversation only has participants of 6-10 students total.

Location: London Levels: Elementary and above

Intensive

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday. It is made up of Standard English classes of 25 hours group sessions per week A very popular course with focus on improving speaking skills. General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English.

Extra Conversation to help you develop fluency in a friendly, informal atmosphere with experienced and sympathetic teachers. Interesting topics are discussed with time for correction and feedback. Extra Conversation only has participants of 6-10 students total

Location: Oxford Levels: All

Individual (One to One) English

Tailor-made private classes for highly motivated persons who need to advance rapidly in a specific area of study. You decide how many classes you want and the topics or language skill set hat you wish to focus on.

Location: All

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn English and have the opportunity to experience a variety of English cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: New York, London

Group Programs

There are 2 ways that you can benefit from a Group travel experience:

  1. For groups of 5 our more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  2. With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

FOCUS PROGRAMS

Business Intensive

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday. It is made up of Standard English classes in the morning followed by an extra 1 hour or 2 hours of English for Business. Perfect for people who are planning a business career or pursuing business studies. Students may prepare for the Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC). General English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English. English for Business covers the business language used in areas such as marketing, financial services and management. It also develops the speaking and writing skills for English as an international language at work, including letter and report writing, presentations and meetings.

This course can be used to prepare for the Cambridge Business English Certificates (BEC). The BEC is a practical exam for an international business examination. We offer two levels which each test the skills reading, writing, listening and speaking for real-world business situations: i. Upper Intermediate (Level 2) ii. Advanced (Level 3).

This exam can help provide you with greater confidence in working in an international business environment. It is accepted for entry to some US and UK universities for business-related degrees. There are 4 papers:

  • Paper 1: Reading(1 hour for Vantage and Higher)
  • Paper 2: Writing (45 min for Vantage and 1 hour 10 min for Higher)
  • Paper 3: Listening (40 min for Vantage and Higher )
  • Paper 4: Speaking (14 min for Vantage and 16 min for Higher)

Paper 3: Speaking (12 mins for Level 2)(14 mins for Level 3)

Exam Dates Vantage:

  • March 27
  • May 29
  • June 3
  • July 17
  • November 18
  • December 4

Exam Dates Higher:

  • March 25
  • May 15
  • June 1
  • November 16
  • November 27

Exam Registration Deadline: Eight (8) weeks before exam date

Location: All Levels: Intermediate and above

TOEIC Preparation

Thorough preparation for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) examination recognized by many employers and other organizations around the world. TOEIC is a 200-item multiple choice test with students being awarded a score between 10-990; there is no pass or fail. It measures English language proficiency in the work environment, unlike other exams which focus on English as it is used in an academic environment.

Multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other public and private organizations use TOEIC for purposes such as: recruitment, assignment to overseas posts requiring English language proficiency, assignments or promotion within a department where English is needed or desirable, and to identify employees who know English sufficiently well to benefit from corporate training programs abroad.

This course takes place from Monday to Friday from 13h00 - 15h00 for a period of 4 weeks.. It can be combined with Standard English [Day) or Standard English [Evening]. The preparation course covers strategies to maximize your score in the examination. It tests you on the English language as used internationally in business, commerce and industry but you do not need specialized business knowledge or vocabulary. Exam covers these 2 sections; Listening Comprehension and Reading. Each section contains 100 questions.

You can also use practice tests at each of the study centers at each school.

Exam Dates:

  • January 30
  • February 27
  • March 26
  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 26

Exam Registration Deadline: One (1) week before exam date

Location: London Levels: Intermediate and above

Social Intensive

These courses takes place from Monday to Friday from 9h00 - 12h00 & 13h00 - 15h00. It is made up of Standard English classes in the morning followed by an extra 2 hours of Social English. A concentrated course designed to build confidence and fluency for social and work situations. Standard English: the focus is on practical communication skills, with emphasis on speaking, including pronunciation and listening. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English, idioms, grammar - is introduced and practiced in interesting and stimulating ways to achieve fluency in everyday English. Social English: you will learn language useful for your everyday social, study or work life - taking part in discussions, conversations, presenting information and telephoning. At lower levels, dialogues and conversations enable students to practice survival language for everyday use. At higher levels new language input is followed by discussions and presentations of cross-cultural and international topics.

Location: London Levels: Elementary and above

Christmas English Program

Have you always wanted to know what Christmas and the New Year is like in London? This is your chance to spend an unforgettable time during these days with us! A Standard English course and an exciting activity program enables you to enjoy the Christmas tradition in London. In this Standard English course the focus is on spoken English. New language - vocabulary, colloquial English and grammar - is introduced and practiced. There are also lessons about British life and traditions at this time of the year. London is beautiful in this season and there are special sightseeing and social events during the course including a theatre visit, a carol concert and Christmas shopping. The cost of the events is not included in the price.

Notes: Classes will be held on the following days: 2012 December 24 - 2013 January 4, from 9h00-13h00. Students who wish to study for a longer period can combine this course with a Standard English course.

Location: London Levels: Intermediate and above

ENGLISH STUDY AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Work experience is an exciting and challenging way to improve your English, gain insight into British working life and culture and learn new skills.

This is an invaluable opportunity to improve your English and to learn new skills. Designed for students, graduates and young job seekers aged between 18-35.

There is no salary because the objectives of the program are educational and offer a chance to gain professional experience. Many employers pay for daily travel and/or lunch expenses, but this is not guaranteed.

Features

  • Age range 18-35
  • Fully monitored placements
  • Prepare a work portfolio for a Cambridge Certificate in Work Experience
  • The program is educational - work is unpaid
  • Placements in sales and marketing, administration, tourism, fashion, finance, engineering, accounting, computing and IT, charities, media resources, foreign trade, hotel management and other areas.

THE PROGRAM

The program lasts from 6, 16 or 28 weeks. You begin with an English Course of 2, 4 or 14 weeks, followed by a work experience placement of 4, 12 or 14 weeks. That is,

  • 2 weeks Course & 4 weeks Work Placement (6 weeks)**
  • 4 weeks Course & 12 weeks Work Placement (16 weeks)**
  • 14 weeks Course & 14 weeks Work Placement (28 weeks)***

 

WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT:

Placements are organized so that students can:

  • Improve fluency by using English at work
  • Develop specialized vocabulary
  • Improve intercultural understanding

The work you do will depend on your level of education and qualifications, your skills and experience, and your level of English. Placements are generally in medium-sized companies in London. Job specifications and workloads vary, but you can expect to have your own responsibilities and perhaps your own project. All placements include some routine activity such as data input, photocopying and making tea and coffee. Most companies will interview you before offering you a work placement.

We ask you to specify 2 different areas of interest on your application - flexibility is needed to find a worthwhile placement.

Students are monitored during their placement and given advice to prepare a work portfolio - this leads to a Cambridge Certificate in Work Experience.

Placement Fee: $1180 USD

Length: 4**, 12**, or14 weeks***

LANGUAGE CLASSES:

Your Language skill is an important factor in finding a quality work placement. Students must be Upper-Intermediate or above to be eligible for the work experience programs. You can choose any of the following English courses: Standard, or Standard Plus. Most companies will want to interview you before offering you a work experience placement and you will need good English to get the most out of your experience.

Length: 2**, 4**, or 14 weeks***

 

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

*The EEA includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein.

**This program is suitable for European Union (EU) and other European Economic Area (EEA) nationals*.

***Non-EU and Non-EEA nationals should apply for this program.

This Work & Study program combines a English course (4 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the region of London or Dublin.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the English culture firsthand. Learn or improve your English language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous areas of Great Britain.

After your English course (Standard) you will have the opportunity to work, allowing you to practise your English while financing your stay in the UK.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to EU members (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, ) ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND, and LIECHTENSTEIN Except: Bulgaria, Romania.

Age between 18-30 years.

 

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS.com Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: Minimum 4 weeks of Standard English language (available in London, Dublin, Oxford).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2-12 months or more (available in Belfast, London, Scotland, Dublin - Republic of Ireland).

 

I Part - Course

We offer young student travelers the opportunity to experience the English culture firsthand. Learn or improve your English language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in one of the most famous areas of Great Britain and Ireland.

After your English course (Standard) you will have the opportunity to work in Belfast, allowing you to practice your English while financing your stay.

Location: London, Dublin, Oxford

 

II Part: The Work Placement Period

This is a paid placement with a great opportunity to practice the language and gain international work experience, while you receive financial compensation. Doing the program for several months will give you time to really integrate and build relationships with peers. The position will depend on your English skills, motivation, length of stay, as well as your references.

The purpose of the program is that participants develop their skills while working to improve language, learning to deal with a new culture.

Minimum wage per hour: Approx. £4.98/hour - £6.08/hour (40 -45 hrs/wk)

Type of Positions: Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Receptionist, Kitchen assistant, Waiters’ Assistant (Runner), Hostess (in restaurants, cafes, bars, airport, ...), “Fast Food” restaurant, 4 star hotels, Stores, Animator, Maintenance, etc.

The work period will be: 2 to 12 months.

Start Dates: February - November

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $250 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Placement Fee: $1040 USD

Location: Belfast, London, Scotland, Dublin

 

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment)
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date (Late Application accepted on a case by case basis).

 

 

 

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