Read the updated English UK statement on student emergency support if a British Council accredited English language teaching centre ceases trading due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last updated: Monday 1 June 2020
It is rare that a language centre ceases trading suddenly. However, if this does happen, English UK tries to limit the impact on current students, by helping them to continue and complete their studies without additional course costs when their course is interrupted at an English UK English language member centre. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our support will continue, although your course may be continued online.
We will also try to help students whose English language course was due to start in the future, though this help cannot always be guaranteed.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, English UK continues to support students. We will help students whose courses are interrupted, by finding them an alternative English language course, free-of-charge.
Due to the current health crisis, all teaching in the UK has moved online and will only offer you an online course as a replacement for as long as this situation continues.
English UK will work with other accredited centres to find a course at the same level and for the remaining number of weeks, but there may be some differences outside of our control.
You can apply for a replacement online course if:
- You have paid in full for an English language course at a British Council-accredited centre which has permanently ceased trading- Your course started, or was due to start, before the language centre ceased trading
Please note this support is for businesses that have permanently ceased trading, not temporarily paused their services due to the Covid-19 crisis.
If your course was due to start in the future (after the date that the language centre ceased trading), and you have paid your course fees in full, we will try to help you, although we cannot guarantee that an appropriate replacement centre can be found in this instance.
English UK will endeavour to find a new language centre for you to complete your courses at no extra cost, at a time when it is safe and appropriate to provide classroom-based teaching in the UK. This may require you to be flexible with your course start date.
To apply for this support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your course confirmation. We will keep a record of your details and contact you once face-to-face teaching has resumed at most English UK member centres.
We will endeavour to provide emergency financial support to students who are in the UK and at risk of being made homeless in the event an accredited ELT centre ceasing trading. We can help if you have paid for accommodation through a British Council-accredited language centre.
Please contact our team on email@example.com to apply for support.
In your email, include your course confirmation so we have the information we need to help you. Please read the information on this page before you contact us, so you understand how we can help.