Who are we?

English UK is the United Kingdom's national association of accredited English language centres for international students. We represent UK English language teaching nationally and internationally, promoting the highest quality, supporting our member centres and working to ensure that students enjoy the best-possible experience in the UK.

We are a membership organisation for accredited UK ELT centres, and we work with many groups and organisations around the world. They include agents and students, governments, global organisations, international education providers and associated industries. We also work closely with special interest groups to support and promote excellence in English language teaching in the UK.

We provide business-critical intelligence, marketing and training to help members provide the highest-quality service and compete globally, and organise events and workshops so that the best study travel agents from around the world can meet UK educators

We also speak up for our industry.

Our 400+ member ELT centres include small family-run centres, big independents, international chains, colleges, independent schools and universities – all fully accredited.

We also work with around 50 corporate members which support UK international education, and over 300 partner agencies around the world. We are a UK-registered charity.

Supporting and promoting quality in English language teaching

Membership of English UK is a badge of quality. English UK educator members have to pass Accreditation UK inspections, a scheme we run and develop with the British Council that insists on high-quality care and teaching.

We are committed to the professional development for our members. In 2017 we delivered more than 300 hours of training to over 1000 industry professionals and created new CPD opportunities during our conference programme and events. We also give students a complaints service and emergency support if anything goes wrong.

Our coursefinder helps students and agents select the right place to study, in a fully-accredited centre. 

Building comprehensive intelligence on the UK ELT industry

We run two industry-leading data schemes, Student Statistics and QUIC, which have transformed the insight available to our members. We are also developing our in-depth market reports to make them more practical for members.

Promoting our members and UK ELT worldwide

Building relationships is key to our industry. We help maximise business opportunities for members through targeted promotional events in the UK and overseas. These include our UK-focused trading event StudyWorld, and a developing programme of fairs, roadshows and inward missions.

We also encourage the best agents to join our Partner Agency Scheme and form closer links with members. Our partner agencies must demonstrate that they are already working successfully with our ELT member centres, and sign a code of conduct. 

Helping our members succeed

To ensure our member centres thrive, we offer a range of benefits such as discounted copyright and motion picture licences, industry advice, and discounted attendance at our conferences and training. We are always keen to meet members at our member roadshows and offer a free place at our annual conference for every centre.

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.

Our partner agencies feature in our partner agency directory, helping to put quality agents in touch with quality ELT centres to benefit students. 

Speaking up for the UK ELT sector at home and abroad

We campaign for UK ELT and international students, working in partnership with other stakeholders where possible. We work with the UK government and its immigration and trade bodies to ensure our sector's voice is heard, lobby politicians, and sit on the Home Office Joint Education Taskforce. We are also a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner and work with international associations including national English language teaching and agent groupings.