Created in 1995 by a Japanese company, UIC was bought in 2005 by the current director. They decided to move the school to central London and be based in Bourne Street, about 100m from Oxford Circus station, so definitely quite central.
Two months ago UIC was sold to the international education group IC. So in the next 3 years don’t be surprised if you don’t see UIC anymore because the school has to change its name for IC Central London. The international group owns several schools in Greenwich, Oxford, Brighton, Vancouver and Toronto.
The school is well equipped with iPads and plenty of new computers, you will still need a book for your lessons, they charge £25 for the book which is pretty good. As any other school they will test your english level before they include you in a class, you can do your English test before arrival or the same day of your arrival. We advise you to do it before because we you’ll arrive directly to a specific group, one less issue to worry!. In addition, each student has an interview the first day. UIC wants to test your speaking level because they often find that students have gaps between their writing and speaking level which I agree.
You won’t find more than 14 students per classroom, the average is 12. If you decide to study another language rather than English you have 10 possibilities: Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. In this case the maximum students per classroom will be 8, which is a good number to learn. Among all these language UIC teach also all the exam preparations, from Cambridge to IELTS and TOEFL, TOEIC, among others.
Activities and Social Programme
During the summer UIC proposes 5 activities per week, which create a very good social program, you can have a look on their Facebook page. If you enroll the school you could have access to the online platform (it’s not compulsory to pay an extra of £25/year but it gives you access to lot of things), with this platform you can chat with other students, with your teachers, book an activity online and be updated with any other activities.
UIC makes a big difference with their activities, apart from this online platform they try to be constantly innovative in the way they teach. For instance they implement a radio course to improve the students' language skills. They received an award from the British Council for this innovation.
If your looking to study English in England and London is your chosen destination why not consider UIC? for more information on the school and the courses they offer click through below and run a search.