Who are we?

English UK is the national association of accredited English language centres in the United Kingdom. We are a UK registered charity with the key aim of advancing the education of international students in the English language, in the home of the English language.

To ensure students have the best possible experience learning English in the UK, we pursue excellence in all aspects of English language teaching and strive to create a welcoming environment for international students in the UK. We represent, support and promote our 450+ members and the UK ELT sector both at home and internationally.

Ensuring English language students have the best experience in the UK

Membership of English UK is a badge of quality: all our members must pass one of the world's most rigorous inspection schemes, Accreditation UK, which we manage jointly with the British Council. We also help protect students with a complaints scheme and our Student Emergency Support Fund.

Promoting our members worldwide

With 450+ member centres ranging from small, family-run centres and boarding schools to
international study centres and state universities and colleges, English UK has plenty to offer
the world. We promote our members and the UK as a great study destination around the world and at inward missions, English UK fairs and StudyWorld London.

Helping our members succeed

To ensure our member centres thrive, we keep them up-to-date with the latest changes in visa
regulation and immigration law; offer discounts and share opportunities; run specialist training, conferences and qualifications; help members work together through regional and specialist subgroups; provide marketing support; produce market reports with the British Council; and more.

Our corporate members include many leading industry service providers who attend our events, and feature in our publications, helping to build closer working relationships with language centres.

Driving up standards

English UK has been dedicated to raising standards in UK ELT since its creation in 2004, working together with the British Council to develop the Accreditation UK's rigour and demands and committed to continuing professional development for our members, so students and agents can choose our members' courses with confidence.

Encouraging the industry's best to work together

We are proud to run one of the best known and longest running agent workshops, StudyWorld London, which attracts more than 850 quality delegates each year. And recognise quality professions who are working well with our member centres through the English UK Partner Agency Scheme.

Speaking up for the UK ELT sector at home and abroad

In the UK, we work with the government and its immigration and trade bodies to ensure our
sector's interests and value, and the implications of any policy changes are clearly understood.

We sit on the Joint Education Taskforce, set up by the Home Office; lobby politicians at
constituency and government level; are a member of VisitBritain's British Tourism Industry
Group; are a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner; and work with international associations including national English language teaching and agent groupings.