London language schools work to dispel myth of ‘the expensive Olympic city’ with late summer offers

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Malvern House is one the central London language schools to look beyond the Games by offering discounts on courses booked into next year.

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"The UK currently offers lower living costs than some European countries so it’s a great opportunity to visit a cosmopolitan city and boost employment chances by learning English at the same time.”

This year has seen an extended debate between the Government and education providers over the issue of changes to student visas, with language schools and universities contending that if the UK is perceived to be unwelcoming, applications from overseas students would drop.

In actual fact, Professionals in International Education (PIE) reported earlier this month that undergraduate applications to UK universities from outside the EU have risen by 8.5% in the last year. Language schools, however, have not received the boost that many felt would come with London hosting the 2012 Games. It is thought that perceived high prices have put many would-be students off.

Malvern House is one central London’s language schools that are looking beyond the Games by offering a considerable 20% discount on courses booked between now and 30th September. “The eyes of the world have been on London quite a bit this year, and it’s possible that potential visitors thought that our prices would rise because of the attention,” said Elena Roginsky, Malvern House’s Business Development Manager.

“In fact, the opposite is true. We would like to highlight that we’re currently offering up to 20% off our General English courses, including courses starting in 2013. Overall, the UK currently offers lower living costs than some European countries so it’s a great opportunity to visit a cosmopolitan city and boost employment chances by learning English at the same time.”

Malvern House has put together a package of extras to benefit students alongside their courses. This includes free weekly seminars, a multi-lingual support service, an online student platform and 30-day trial of the English City virtual school, and a packed social calendar.

“This month we’re offering Olympic walks and tours, as well as the free events that all visitors to the city can watch, like the marathons and triathlons. Public screenings of the Games will ensure that students can keep an eye on the progress of their home teams and athletes, while trips to Brighton, Oxford, Bath and Stonehenge will provide regular chances to see life outside of the city.”

“Although the Games are a cause for excitement, we hope that one of the best things about them will be their legacy. So, to any students who are thinking about coming in the future, my message is: whether it’s next month, during the autumn or even 2012, you will still be able to enjoy improved transport facilities, the cross-Thames cable car and the great exhibitions. So be inspired.”

About Malvern House:
Malvern House is an English language school in London that offers more than English. Every year more than 5,000 students from over 100 countries choose to study at Malvern House because of its excellent teaching, welcoming atmosphere and packed social calendar – click here for more information about the courses on offer.

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