English in Cape Town

Study English in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our brilliant! partner school, Good Hope Studies is an internationally accredited English language school with two centres in great locations, and offers exciting activities to complement your learning experience.

We offer a unique learning experience that is efficient, fun and affordable.

The brilliant! difference

  • Classes are small (6 to 10 students on average).
  • Our teachers all have a Cambridge CELTA or DELTA qualification.
  • We use the latest methodologies.
  • Our schools are internationally accredited.

You can expect stylish premises in safe and convenient locations where you can learn English in a welcoming and quiet environment. Our classrooms are great places for study, with lots of natural light, space and large desks.


Where else can you experience blue flag beaches, mountains, forests, wine farms and a cosmopolitan working harbour; all within 10 kilometres of the city centre? All this at a very reasonable cost, with more days of sunshine per year than the Bahamas.

What Cape Town has to offer

  • Much more affordable than other language travel destinations.
  • Mild weather all year round.
  • World-renowned natural beauty.
  • Extremely friendly people.
  • Very clear spoken English.
  • Modern infrastructure.
  • A young and vibrant city.

Things to see and do

General English

The ideal course if you want to improve your everyday communication skills and you prefer to study in a class with other students. Small classes and well-trained teachers guarantee fast progress.

The course content includes grammar, vocabulary and all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
You can combine the group course with various other options for faster progress, or with private lessons to focus on personal goals.

Business English

If you need to use English at work or in a business context, this course is for you. We recommend it for people who work in an English environment and for those who are seeking an international career.

IELTS & TOEFL Preparation

Exam preparation courses are the right choice for:

  • students who need to prove that they have a high level of English for work, study or emigration purposes;
  • students who enjoy the challenge of a focused course with clear goals;
  • students who are at a strong intermediate level or above when they start their exam preparation course;
  • students who are able to do one to two hours of homework a day to complement the course lessons.

Experienced teachers, small class sizes and personal attention to all students ensure the best possible preparation for the exam.

Private Lessons

You can add private English lessons to the group courses that you do with us.

Combining group lessons with private lessons gives you the best of both worlds.

Make swift progress and interact with other students in the group lessons, and focus on your specific weak points during the private lessons. It is ideal if you want to progress faster or have specific learning needs.

Accommodation Options

Homestay will give you the chance to practice your newly acquired language skills, and South African families are well known for their friendliness and hospitality.

Homestay-Plus offers you your own private bathroom, and often shorter travel times to school.

If you prefer to be independent, want to mix with other students and socialise easily, then Student Residence is for you.

Newlands Campus accommodation is situated right next to the school. It is an upmarket house on a large property with a garden, a swimming pool and a veranda.

Cape Town also offers a wide selection of centrally located hostels, B&B’s and hotels for any budget, just be sure to book well in advance during high season.

A few brilliant! suggestions:

Business English Boost

 Specifically for executives with limited time available, who also want to get a taste of Cape Town in one weekAlso ideal as an add-on to a volunteering experience, or a visit to another part of South Africa before or afterwards.

30 General and Business English lessons
Afternoon and weekend excursions
Homestay-Plus accommodation (incl. breakfast and dinner)

Priced from
€560 for one week

Two Week Consolidate

The option if to choose if you need to consolidate and improve your English in a short period, and you’re able to stay in Cape Town a bit longer. Semi-intensive lessons, interactions to practice constantly and exploring the the city will help you make the progress you need.

25 General English lessons per week
Afternoon and weekend excursions
Homestay Accommodation (incl. breakfast and dinner)

Priced from
€485 per week

One Month Test Success

If you need to prepare for the IELTS or TOEFL in one month, while also raising your overall English level, this is the course for you. You’ll have time to explore all that Cape Town has to offer, and come back ready for your test!

20 General English lessons per week
10 IELTS/TOEFL lessons per week
Afternoon and weekend excursions
Student Residence Accommodation (Self Catering)

Priced from
€500 per week