English Academic Year

English Academic Year Courses

Do you want to spend a year abroad, learning English and really getting to know a new country and its culture? Kaplan’s Academic Year courses combine a first class English education with valuable qualifications, and a once-in-a-lifetime overseas experience.

What are English Academic Year Courses?

Our English Academic Year course is a 9 month course that combines learning English with a variety of other related studies to bring your English fluency up to the highest possible level. You will also have the chance to learn specific skills of your choice – from Business English vocabulary to film criticism.

English Academic Year courses are available in all of our locations in Canada, Ireland, Malta, the UK and the US. You’ll be able to take advantage of our schools’ busy social calendars all year long, and have plenty of free time and holidays to go exploring, head off on ski trips, or spend a week on the beach!

Course Facts

  • Location: All schools in Canada, Ireland, Malta, UK, USA
  • 2015 Start Dates UK, Ireland, & New Zealand: Jan 5; Feb 16; April 6; June 15; July 27; Aug 31; Sept 21; Sept 28

    2015 Start Dates USA & Canada: Jan 5; April 6; June 15; Sept 21

  • Course Length: 9 months (32 weeks of tuition + 2-3 weeks of vacation)
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Requirements: Elementary to Advanced English (your class allocation will be determined by an English Level Test)
  • Class Size: 10–15
  • Lessons per Week: 20 General English (15 hours) + 7 K+ tools, K+ clubs sessions (5.25 hours)
  • Timetable: All courses are Monday-Friday, with morning and afternoon classes only (general timetable below)
Click here to view a general timetable.

Course Structure

45 minute lessons for a minimum of 32 weeks.

20 Lessons of General English:

General English Courses focus on the four main aspects of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. These courses offer a semi-intensive English education that will help you learn quickly and effectively.

7 Sessions of K+ tools, K+ clubs:

Take advantage of resources and activities such as language exercises, course books, online and offline materials, study clubs and project work, all designed to complement your in-class lessons.


At the end of the course, receive a Kaplan International Colleges Certificate of Achievement documenting your language level and attendance.


Student Testimonial

"When I arrived here, I basically understood everything but I had trouble speaking English. Now my English is fluent and my vocabulary has grown. In addition I passed the CPE after my Cambridge course, which I had never thought possible. "
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Santa Barbara School Testimonial