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Learn English – Introduction

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Want to improve your English language skills?

The UK is the number one destination worldwide for English language study, attracting 49.5% of all students who join an English language course abroad (Study Travel Magazine, December 2012).

Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will find thousands of excellent English language courses on offer, for all ages and abilities.

Whether you want to learn English for your career, for your education or just for fun, there’s a course for you. And with English spoken all around you, you will learn quickly while you discover the UK’s unique culture, countryside and history!

Find out about learning English in the UK in this Learn English section, or click to go straight to:

Why learn English in the UK?
Find out what UK colleges and language centres have to offer. Plus, watch videos from international students showing what it's like to study in the UK!

Choosing an English language centre
How to find accredited English language courses, plus advice about student visas.

Courses and qualifications
How to choose the right course for you, plus information about study modes and the academic year.

Courses for children and teenagers
Find out what English language courses are on offer for younger students.

Costs and scholarships
An introduction to costs and where to find scholarships to finance your studies.

Applications and entry requirements
How to apply for a course and ensure you meet basic entry requirements.