Kaplan International, Chicago

Key points

  • World-famous as a bustling metropolis in the Great Lakes region
  • Exceptional cultural and music scene
  • Reputed language school and excellent teachers

The school

Levels
Elementary to Advanced
School size
L
Accommodations
Host family, Apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Korea, etc..
ratings
76 authentic opinions

Giving onto the Magnificent Mile, our partner school is located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown area, in one of the city’s most fashionable districts. Everything you need is at hand, including luxury boutiques, international food, museums, libraries, public transportation links, and much more. The school building has excellent, high-quality facilities, offering 17 classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a computer room with free internet access, a library and two student lounges (one overlooking the Magnificent Mile and the neo-gothic Tribune Tower). After classes, enjoy the beautiful parks that line Lake Michigan's waterfront. A superb environment to make the most of your English course in Chicago!

Our partner school reopened on 31/08/2020.
Please note that due to the safety measures implemented following official recommendations and requirements, some school facts and services – such as the number of students per class, schedules, access to common areas as well as certain activities - may differ from those described on our website. Please contact us for more information.

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Included in the price
  • Learning Progress Guarantee (Intensive course +10 weeks)
  • Level and needs assessment
  • Access to e-learning platform
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Semi-intensive course (Academic Semester)

Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1), 21/22/25/26 week(s)
21 weeks From 6700.- EUR
(7485.- USD)
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 45 minutes
+ K+ Sessions: 7 of 45 minutes
Course duration
21/22/25/26 week(s)
Levels
Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.

K+ sessions:
K+ sessions include online materials to reinforce progress made in class as well as the access to K+ Clubs organised by the school for you to practise your language skills and socialise with other students.

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Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board (18+)
The Flats Shared apartment, double room, no meals (18+)
21
7485 USD
13340 USD
14495 USD
22
7485 USD
13615 USD
14825 USD
25
8825 USD
15780 USD
17155 USD
26
8825 USD
16055 USD
17485 USD
USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)

High & low seasons

Supplement accommodation high season (host family) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD
Supplement accommodation high season (apartment) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 80 USD
K+ post departure online access: 3 months 69 USD
K+ post departure online access: 12 months 139 USD
Special diet (host family) (per week) 50 USD
End-of-year holidays (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 26.12.2020)
75 USD
Retention fee (host family) (per week)
Availability on request
75 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family)
Availability on request
69 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
77 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment)
Availability on request
83 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
90 USD
Airport transfer from Chicago O'Hare (pick-up) 160 USD
Airport transfer from/to Chicago O'Hare (pick-up and drop-off) 304 USD
Starting dates 21 wk
06.01 / 10.02 / 16.03 / 06.04 / 11.05 / 15.06 / 20.07 / 14.09 / 19.10.2020
Starting dates 22 wk
17.08.2020
Starting dates 25 wk
06.01 / 10.02 / 16.03 / 06.04 / 11.05 / 15.06 / 14.09 / 19.10.2020
Starting dates 26 wk
20.07 / 17.08.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 20.01 / 25.05 / 03.07 / 07.09.2020
Holidays
26.11.2020 - 27.11.2020
20.12.2020 - 26.12.2020

Each semester/year period includes 1-2 weeks session break. Please contact us for further information.

Arrival day: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Leaving day: Saturday following course end

Semi-intensive course (Academic Year)

Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1), 34 week(s)
34 weeks From 9905.- EUR
(11065.- USD)
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 45 minutes
+ K+ Sessions: 7 of 45 minutes
Course duration
34 week(s)
Levels
Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.

K+ sessions:
K+ sessions include online materials to reinforce progress made in class as well as the access to K+ Clubs organised by the school for you to practise your language skills and socialise with other students.

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Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board (18+)
The Flats Shared apartment, double room, no meals (18+)
34
11065 USD
20495 USD
22365 USD
USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)

High & low seasons

Supplement accommodation high season (host family) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD
Supplement accommodation high season (apartment) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 80 USD
K+ post departure online access: 3 months 69 USD
K+ post departure online access: 12 months 139 USD
Special diet (host family) (per week) 50 USD
End-of-year holidays (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 26.12.2020)
75 USD
Retention fee (host family) (per week)
Availability on request
75 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family)
Availability on request
69 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
77 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment)
Availability on request
83 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
90 USD
Airport transfer from Chicago O'Hare (pick-up) 160 USD
Airport transfer from/to Chicago O'Hare (pick-up and drop-off) 304 USD
Starting dates 34 wk
06.01 / 30.03 / 15.06 / 20.07 / 17.08 / 14.09.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 20.01 / 25.05 / 03.07 / 07.09.2020
Holidays
26.11.2020 - 27.11.2020
20.12.2020 - 26.12.2020

Each semester/year period includes 1-2 weeks session break. Please contact us for further information.

Arrival day: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Leaving day: Saturday following course end

Intensive course (Academic Semester)

Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1), 21/22/25/26 week(s)
21 weeks From 7327.- EUR
(8185.- USD)
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 45 minutes
+ Options (group): 8 of 45 minutes
+ K+ Sessions: 7 of 45 minutes
Course duration
21/22/25/26 week(s)
Levels
Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
General (group): 09:00-12:15
Options (group): 12:30-14:00 (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu)
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.

Specific options:
The intensive course includes 8 lessons per week to focus on specific skills such as vocabulary, business English, exam preparation or local culture, depending on students’ interests and language level.

K+ sessions:
K+ sessions include online materials to reinforce progress made in class as well as the access to K+ Clubs organised by the school for you to practise your language skills and socialise with other students.

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Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board (18+)
The Flats Shared apartment, double room, no meals (18+)
21
8185 USD
14040 USD
15195 USD
22
8185 USD
14315 USD
15525 USD
25
9665 USD
16620 USD
17995 USD
26
9665 USD
16895 USD
18325 USD
USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)

High & low seasons

Supplement accommodation high season (host family) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD
Supplement accommodation high season (apartment) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 80 USD
K+ post departure online access: 3 months 69 USD
K+ post departure online access: 12 months 139 USD
Special diet (host family) (per week) 50 USD
End-of-year holidays (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 26.12.2020)
75 USD
Retention fee (host family) (per week)
Availability on request
75 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family)
Availability on request
69 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
77 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment)
Availability on request
83 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
90 USD
Airport transfer from Chicago O'Hare (pick-up) 160 USD
Airport transfer from/to Chicago O'Hare (pick-up and drop-off) 304 USD
Starting dates 21 wk
06.01 / 10.02 / 16.03 / 06.04 / 11.05 / 15.06 / 20.07 / 14.09 / 19.10.2020
Starting dates 22 wk
17.08.2020
Starting dates 25 wk
06.01 / 10.02 / 16.03 / 06.04 / 11.05 / 15.06 / 14.09 / 19.10.2020
Starting dates 26 wk
20.07 / 17.08.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 20.01 / 25.05 / 03.07 / 07.09.2020
Holidays
26.11.2020 - 27.11.2020
20.12.2020 - 26.12.2020

Each semester/year period includes 1-2 weeks session break. Please contact us for further information.

Arrival day: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Leaving day: Saturday following course end

Intensive course (Academic Year)

Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1), 34 week(s)
34 weeks From 10477.- EUR
(11705.- USD)
Lessons
General (group): 20 of 45 minutes
+ Options (group): 8 of 45 minutes
+ K+ Sessions: 7 of 45 minutes
Course duration
34 week(s)
Levels
Elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
General (group): 09:00-12:15
Options (group): 12:30-14:00 (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu)
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.

Specific options:
The intensive course includes 8 lessons per week to focus on specific skills such as vocabulary, business English, exam preparation or local culture, depending on students’ interests and language level.

K+ sessions:
K+ sessions include online materials to reinforce progress made in class as well as the access to K+ Clubs organised by the school for you to practise your language skills and socialise with other students.

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Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board (18+)
The Flats Shared apartment, double room, no meals (18+)
34
11705 USD
21135 USD
23005 USD
USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)

High & low seasons

Supplement accommodation high season (host family) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD
Supplement accommodation high season (apartment) (per week) (20.06-22.08.2020) 30 USD

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 80 USD
K+ post departure online access: 3 months 69 USD
K+ post departure online access: 12 months 139 USD
Special diet (host family) (per week) 50 USD
End-of-year holidays (host family)
(19.12.2020 - 26.12.2020)
75 USD
Retention fee (host family) (per week)
Availability on request
75 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family)
Availability on request
69 USD
Extra night (18+) (host family) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
77 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment)
Availability on request
83 USD
Extra night (18+) (apartment) (20.06-22.08.2020)
Availability on request
90 USD
Airport transfer from Chicago O'Hare (pick-up) 160 USD
Airport transfer from/to Chicago O'Hare (pick-up and drop-off) 304 USD
Starting dates 34 wk
06.01 / 30.03 / 15.06 / 20.07 / 17.08 / 14.09.2020
Bank holidays
01.01 / 20.01 / 25.05 / 03.07 / 07.09.2020
Holidays
26.11.2020 - 27.11.2020
20.12.2020 - 26.12.2020

Each semester/year period includes 1-2 weeks session break. Please contact us for further information.

Arrival day: Saturday/Sunday prior to course start
Leaving day: Saturday following course end

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.3/5
Overall rating

97% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
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/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

76 students gave their opinion about this school

21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
14 weeks, August – November 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui j'ai beaucoup amélioré mon anglais et j'ai appris beaucoup de chose du fait de vivre pendant plusieurs mois dans un pays étrangé. »
School highlights
« Les prof et le staff sont très gentil.Une très bonne ambiance dans toute l'école. »
Top tips
« J'ai eu la chance de faire Halloween au USA et je le conseillerais à tous le monde »
25 years old - France
/ 5
8 weeks, August – September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
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Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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19 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) ()
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17 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, June – July 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) ()
Bedroom
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73 years old - Italy
/ 5
Ottima l'assistenza in fase di scelta del soggiorno linguistico, con diverse alternative prospettate in base a esigenze specifiche. Ottima la scelta della Kaplan International di Chicago. Straordinaria esperienza a Chicago.
2 weeks, June – July 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ho migliorato la comprensione e eliminato qualche esitazione nel parlare. »
School highlights
« Qualità dell'insegnamento. Grande disponibilità nell'assistenza e nei consigli da parte dello staff di Kaplan. »
Top tips
« L'architettura degli edifici del XIX secolo. I parchi. La gita in battello sul fiume. Il Fine Art Museum. »
47 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Ich hatte Privatunterricht!
3 weeks, June 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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19 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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52 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, May 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, August – October 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
8 weeks, June – August 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
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Relations with the teachers
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Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Meals
Testimonials
Ruth Hidalgo Jiminez
Ruth Hidalgo Jiminez

I decided to come to Chicago to improve my English, because in the near future, it could be necessary for my work. The course is very useful because we learn grammar and practise our speaking in a "fun way" and with other people from different countries. I believe that studying with other students from around the world is the best way to continue improving my English. Already from the second week, I felt that my English was more fluent. The teachers are always available to explain things to us and help us.

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Maria Mercedes Carrió Fornells
Maria Mercedes Carrió Fornells

My 2012 stay in Chicago!

My 5 weeks in Chicago went too fast. It’s an almost-perfect city, clean and not too big. It offers a wide choice of activities; it is quite unique! I wanted to do everything, but I didn’t have enough time. The Kaplan school is ideally located in the heart of the “Loop” area, and it’s very well connected. It’s well organized and multicultural. I made friends from all over the world and we are still in touch through Facebook. Teachers are very professional, open and funny. They made us work without us even realizing; we laughed all the time!

The school organized activities to make us discover Chicago and meet the other participants. It was great!

As for the accommodation, the host family I stayed with was nice, but I decide to move out because I wanted to live more central. After my first week, I moved to the the “Loop” and lived in the heart of Chicago for the rest of my stay.

President Obama came to visit Chicago a few times, and each time it was very exciting… It was interesting to see how the city gets ready for presidential visits.

As for ESL, I can say that, since the first day, the staff has been very nice and organized. I am already thinking about my next language trip!

In Chicago, it can be hot and cold at the same time, and it’s always very windy. I highly recommend this programme and this agency. Thank you!

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Host family
Staying with a host family in Chicago is without any doubt the best way to practise English and immerse yourself in American culture. Each family is selected with care by our partner school, and they'll welcome you in a double or single room with half board or breakfast only provided. The families live in districts where you will find several bars, restaurants and bookshops. You will need around 40 minutes to get to school by public transport.

Take advantage of our discounted package prices including course and homestay for the whole length of the programme!

The Flats Student Apartments (18 and over)
Located a 35-minute walk from the school, these 3-bedroom apartments offer single and twin rooms with free bed linen and towels. You’ll share the kitchen, bathroom(s) and living room with other students and have access to amazing on-site facilities, such as the gym, the indoor basketball court, the yoga studio and the computer lab. Wi-Fi and cleaning service are included, while the laundry facilities are coin-operated. These apartments are surrounded by shops and restaurants, and the main city attractions are just a stone’s throw away!

As a city with something going on 24/7, Chicago proposes a whole host of entertainment possibilities: shows, exhibitions, festivals and world-class sporting events. During the weekends and after your English classes have finished, you'll have time to enjoy a whole host of activities. Marvel at Chicago's architecture, take part in numerous sporting activities (cycling, volleyball, ice-skating, walking), visit museums and art galleries or the staggering Sears Tower. Your English course in Chicago will be sensational! In the city centre, the streets are full of cafés, bars and restaurants, where you can meet up with the other students and young people of Chicago.

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ESL – Language Studies abroad guarantees the best prices on the Swiss market ! Any price difference will be refunded 100%.
Special offers
Save on your online and on-site courses in the USA and Canada
Save on your online and on-site courses in the USA and Canada
Book a course at one of our Kaplan partner schools and take advantage of this special offer:

- Book 2 weeks or more of online courses and benefit from the same weekly price for both online and on-site courses
+
- The enrolment fee and the high-season tuition supplement are waived
 
  Standard course Intensive course
USA USD 200 per week USD 275 per week
Canada CAD 200 per week CAD 275 per week

Valid for the following destinations:
Kaplan Berkeley (San Francisco)
Kaplan Boston
Kaplan Chicago
Kaplan LA Westwood
Kaplan New York
Kaplan Santa Barbara
Kaplan Seattle
Kaplan Toronto
Kaplan Vancouver

Conditions:
- Valid for new bookings received before 30.09.2020 
- The online and the on-site courses must be booked at the same time but the courses don’t need to take place consecutively
- Minimum of 2 weeks of online lessons before beginning the on-site course
- The online lessons must start before 14.12.2020 and the on-site course must start in 2020, unless this is delayed due to coronavirus-related reasons
- This offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts

To find out more or take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with our customer service team.

Published on 09.07.2020
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