Juniors, Quality of schools

Quality of schools

Quality of schools

Official accreditations can be a useful guide to quality when you are choosing a school. They confirm a certain standard of management, teaching, welfare, resources and learning environment. The accreditations vary by country, language and region, but some of the most important are listed below.  

British Council

This state organisation examines and recognises the quality of language schools.


This association is made up of 130 organisations in 30 countries on the 5 continents who organises language studies abroad in accordance with the ALTO quality charter.

English UK

This label is the result of the amalgamation of two of the most important quality control organisations, ARELS and BASELT. The conditions for membership are the following: teaching of a high level, qualified teachers, in-depth programmes, families chosen with care, students of various origins.


(The World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation)
This organisation was founded in 2006 following the amalgamation of two of the most important international federations for professionals working in the domain of youth travels, the FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations) and the ISTC (International Student Travel Confederation). This organisation counts more than 500 members in 118 countries


(The European Association for Quality Language Services)
This Pan-European association brings together many providers of language teaching with the aim of assuring the quality of their services.


(Fachverband Deutsch als Fremdsprache) This national organisation guarantees the quality of teaching staff and content of courses in German as a foreign language given by the schools and universities of the country.


Maltese federation of English teaching organisations which only accepts members under strict conditions.


(International Association of Language Centres) An association bringing together more than 60 language schools which have the same quality requirements and which are regularly inspected.

International House

International group of schools which are regularly inspected according to high-level quality criteria.


(Recognised English Language Schools Association) This association brings together Irish schools which teach English as a foreign language. The members of RELSA are also recognised by the Irish Department of Education.


(English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) Only schools meeting quality criteria are accredited by this official Australian label.


(The National ELT Accreditation Scheme)
A governmental accreditation association of Australian national education for the recognition of educational institutes. This organisation has the aim of guaranteeing the quality of teaching in English as a foreign language schools.


(The American Association of Intensive English Programs)
This association functions as a national professional association for language schools that teach English. It brings together schools that work in accordance with a quality charter.


(The Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training) This organisation, recognised in the United States for the examination and inspection of training courses, includes notably language schools. In England, this organisation is similar to the British Council which visits the accredited schools every three years. In the USA, the ACCET accredited schools are among the best.


(Canadian Association of Private Language Schools) CAPLS is an association of private language schools in Canada. The aim of CAPLS is to guarantee the high quality of its members' services.


(Fédération Suisse des Ecoles Privées) The Swiss Federation of Private Schools includes 250 schools among which there are some of the most important.

The Swiss Tourism Quality Mark

The only accreditation guaranteeing quality in the Swiss tourism industry.


(Calidad en la Enseñanza del Español como lengua Extranjera) This association originally from the University of Alcalá is the symbol of the quality guarantee for Spanish schools in Spain. All of the ESL partner schools have successfully passed CEELE inspection.



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