Studying in the UK

School & Experience

School & Experience

  • Small class sizes – 10 General English: 6 Business English
  • 98%  recommendation rate by former students
  • Free social events and activities every week
  • Free Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Free English e-learning programme (even after you leave!)
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Location

Location

  • Fantastic Central London Location
  • 50 years Teaching English experience
  • Highly Trusted British Government Status
  • Accredited by British and European inspecting bodies
  • Excellent range of English courses available
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Online English Test

Online English Test

This is a free online English test for you to try. After you have submitted your answers you will be given an estimation of your current level of English.

The 40 questions (below) are mostly an examination of English grammar issues, but also your knowledge of vocabulary, some phrasal verbs and idioms are put to the test. Every question is in a multiple-choice format with 4 possible answers; there is only one correct solution on each occasion.

After you have completed the online English test, you need to click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. After you have done this, you will not be able to return to the question page to change any of your answers, so make sure that you have checked all of your answers before you finish to make sure you haven’t made any silly mistakes.

When you go forward on to the next page, you will receive your results immediately: you will be given a score out of 40. Then you can compare your score to the SGI language level chart.

Your score will relate to a CEFR language level grade (A1, A2, B1, B2 & C1). However, this should only be used as a guide for your English competence. Normally in a school placement, you complete a grammar test and would also have a thorough interview with a teacher to truly assess your English skills.

An accurate assessment of your level needs to include speaking, writing, listening and writing, so this online English test is by no means a true and accurate appraisal of how good or bad you are at English.

Good luck with the English test.

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Paddington Green Studios

Paddington Green Studios

Located in zone 1, Paddington Green Studios are small high-quality apartments with fully equipped kitchenette and private bathroom. Each apartment comes with double bed, fitted wardrobe, LCD TV, dining table and two chairs, air-conditioning, internet connection, self service laundry, weekly maid service.

How to get to school? Take the bus 6 or 98 from Edgware Road station to Oxford Circus station (6 stops) or take the Bakerloo line towards Elephant & Castle from Edgware Road and get off at Oxford Circus (3 stops).

Apartment facilities include:

  • fully equipped kitchenette
  • double bed
  • fitted wardrobe
  • LCD TV
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Dining table and two chairs
  • Air-conditioning
  • Free wi-fi Internet
  • Self service laundry
  • Weekly maid service (bed linen is provided/towels are provided)

Summer supplement period: June, July, August and September

Price per week (£)
Economy studio From £574
Economy studio (Jun - Sep) From £616
Double Studio From £658
Double Studio (Jun - Sep) From £700
Availability All year
Meals Self catering
Nearest Tube Station Edgware Road (Bakerloo line)
Time to school15 minutes by underground
Finding Fee£50
One-off Cleaning fee£36
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Cancellation Policy

  • With cancellations made 15 working days or more prior to arrival, monies paid will be refunded less an accommodation finding fee of £50. Refunds, where applicable, may take up to 14 days.
     
  • Fewer than 15 working days' notice before arrival and any time after arrival: no refund can be made.
Cambridge General English

Cambridge General English

Cambridge General English

These are designed to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as to expand your grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on communication and practice through real life situations and discussions. You can study just in the morning (Standard course - 15 hours) or both morning and afternoon (Standard Plus - 21 hours).

In the afternoon there are a number of interesting options you can take. These include:

• IELTS preparation
• English for Work Purposes 
• Study Skills for FCE/CAE 
• Applied Skills 
• Language for Business

Cambridge English School

Cambridge English School

The SGI Partner Cambridge School was founded in 1962, like SGI London, and is accredited by The British Council. It is open all year and provides quality English courses for adults (aged 16+) from all over the world.
The School is centrally located in Cambridge, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and its famous university colleges.
The staff pride themselves on creating a caring, friendly atmosphere in the School. Students receive a warm welcome and quickly get to know their fellow students and the staff.

Cambridge English School
Listening centre

Listening centre

Students can use our well-equipped digital listening centre for private study between 8.45 – 9.30, and 13.00 – 17.30. We have a variety of materials to help you develop your listening skills, including situational English and songs. You can also work on improving your speaking skills and pronunciation. All the current EFL exam materials are also available for private study.
Self-access room/library

Self-access room/library

The self-access room/library is open for private study between 8.45 – 9.30 and 13.00 – 17.30. A range of materials is available to help you work on your grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing and listening skills. Exam materials are also available for private study. If you enjoy reading, there is a library of books, which are graded according to level. You are welcome to borrow books to read at home.
Extra learning opportunities

Extra learning opportunities

You can continue to practise your English outside class time at the School. There are a number of things you can do every week with a member of staff — and all of them for free!
Tea and conversation

Tea and conversation

Every Monday afternoon at 3.40pm in the students’ common room A cup of tea and a chat with a member of staff and other students
Using the library

Using the library

Every Tuesday lunchtime at 1.30pm in room 6 A member of staff is available to help you Library facility open every day
Using the listening centre

Using the listening centre

Every Wednesday lunchtime at 1.30pm in room 3 A teacher can give advice on how to get full use out of the listening centre and study materials
Language clinic

Language clinic

Every Thursday lunchtime at 1.30pm in room 6 This is like a mini tutorial and is an opportunity to drop in and discuss any issues relating to your studies, in particular grammar and/or vocabulary questions

Before you arrive

Before you arrive

Once you have applied for your programme, there will be a lot of things to arrange before you arrive at SGI. Below is a guide to what you need to do before you come to the school.

Before you arrive

Checklist

  • If necessary, apply for your VISA to study in the UK
  • Apply for student accommodation with SGI or find a room in private accommodation
  • Plan your journey from the airport to your accommodation
  • Gather official documents that you may need while you are here (eg school and medical certificates)
  • Take out travel insurance

What to pack

Many international students ask us what they should pack to come to SGI. The first thing you should check is the weight limit you are permitted to carry on your flight and remember, most things can be purchased when you get here. However, here are some suggestions on what to pack. Please note, during the summer (June-August), the temperature can range from 14-30C and during the winter the temperature can range from 1-10C. The climate in the UK is variable and can be extremely unpredictable, so you will need clothes for cold weather as well as for warmer temperatures.

Essential things to pack

  • Clothing and shoes for all seasons, including comfortable shoes for walking around London and an umbrella!
  • Medication - attach a note from your doctor for medicine
  • Universal power adaptors - necessary for using foreign electrical goods
  • Favourite photos of friends and family, posters and pictures - some items to make you feel at home in your new room.
  • Important school work that will  be useful for your studies here
  • Important documents - also photocopy and scan your plane tickets, passport, visa, birth certificate and home country driving licence if possible

What not to pack

  • Food - there are strict rules for importing food from overseas.

What should I carry in my hand luggage?

  • Valid passport (plus UK student visa) or national card if from EU
  • All correspondence from the school, including your unconditional offer letter and accommodation contract letter
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs, including sponsor letter if applicable
  • Enough money (in pounds sterling) for the first weeks at school
  • Health certificates, including vaccination records, plus X-ray reports if necessary
  • Any insurance documents
  • Any valuable items - but do check with the airline regarding current regulations on hand luggage

Greetings from Nina


Nina Perossa is one of the SGI helpful staff working in the Sales and Marketing department. She helps student with the courses question and enquiry.

Business English


In this clip, David Charnaud, a senior business English teacher, introduces the SGI Business English course, referring to some of the themes and skills that are typically covered.

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