International House London
English Courses in London, England
International House London
English Courses in London, England

About International House London

IH London is the no.1 Language School in Central London, judged by British Council inspections. We are also the best value school in London, reported in the EL Gazette.

Our latest EAQUALS inspection showed high quality standards in ALL areas, with the majority exceeding the high quality standards demonstrating “consistent excellence”.

Our story began in 1953, with our founders John Haycraft (CBE) and his wife Brita Haycraft who started a school because they believed in international communication and building communities across cultures.

Our founders pioneered the very first teacher training qualification (in 1962), now known as the CELTA and assessed by the University of Cambridge. IH London still believes in inspiring people to be the best they can be.

Today our adult school is in the beautiful Covent Garden, central London. Everything London has to offer can be reached from our front door.

Our modern air conditioned school has nine floors with a large library, café, computer centre, comfortable social spaces, reception, and 53 fully equipped large bright classrooms. We also have Young Learner Centres across the UK.

IH London teaches across the full learning journey: Learn English (for ages 16+), Young Learners (ages 7-17), The Executive Centre (for professionals aged 21+), Teacher Training, Foreign Languages, Evening Courses, and we are an Exam Centre.

IH London predated and is part of the IH network, which is the largest network of independent schools in the world: over 150 schools, in over 50 countries.
What we believe
At IH London we believe in:

 communication without borders
connecting the world
educating beyond language
building communities across cultures
bringing people together
broadening horizons
helping people feel part of something bigger
promoting international communication
inspiring people to be the best they can be


    Our modern school in Covent Garden, central London
    We are committed to providing the very best learning environment. We believe in bringing people together, helping people feel part of something bigger, and promoting international communication.

    Your environment

    A full lending library and resource centre with over 10,000 books, journals and digital resources
    53 fully equipped large airy classrooms with interactive whiteboards
    On-site café and social spaces. The café sells a wide range of delicious food, snacks and beverages, from breakfast until the evening. All food is prepared fresh each day.
    Learning centre with computers
    Super-fast free wi-fi throughout
    Free printing from any of our computers
    Wheelchair accessible

    Dedicated on-site support teams

    Our social programme team plan a full schedule of activities and trips for you
    Our accommodation team take care of all the arrangements for your chosen accommodation
    Our Welfare Officer is here for you talk to about anything that will help your well-being
    We are an accredited exam centre, so you can book and sit your exam with us too. Examinations booking service included with any course (you only pay the exam board exam fee to sit the exam)

    Virtual tour

    All you need is a smartphone. Simply download the app 'VR Direct' on your phone, put in the code 'gl4ilp' and voila! A tour of IH London from anywhere in the world. If you'd like a pair of (free) IH London VR goggles, please contact They aren't essential to view the tour, but they enhance the experience.


    Discover London

    You will be living and learning in one of the most famous cities in the world – voted the best city for students. There is always something remarkable to see or do in London, and our team can be your guide.
    Did you know most national museums and art galleries in the UK are free, and only ask for an optional donation?

    London is also the greenest city in Europe. There are eight royal parks in the city, and many more green spaces to be found. All are free to enjoy. Walk or cycle, sit down with a book or have a picnic with friends – live like a local.

    Thousands of unique restaurants, trendy rooftop bars, concerts across the city, West End theatre shows, independent shops and markets, make you feel part of big city life every single day of the year.
    London’s most famous attractions

    The London Eye
    The Tower of London
    The View from The Shard
    London Dungeon
    Tate Modern (free)
    British Museum (free)
    National Gallery (free)
    Natural History Museum (free)
    Victoria and Albert Museum (free)
    Science Museum (free)
    Somerset House (free)
    Royal Museums Greenwich (free)
    Royal Academy of Arts (free)
    Trafalgar Square
    The National Gallery

    London and beyond
    London is a spectacular place on its own and it also has fast connections to everywhere else in the UK.

    The seaside town of Brighton and historic Cambridge and Oxford are all only an hour away by train. London’s location and excellent travel links (not to mention the relatively small size of the UK) mean you can visit many famous destinations during your stay. An organised trip is the perfect way to make new friends too.
    Our dedicated social team
    We have a dedicated social programme team who put together a monthly timetable of activities and day trips that you can sign up to, with many free of charge. This is available with any course, and for all our students to enjoy.

    Visa Information
    Getting a visa

    The information on this page is for guidance only. If you are unsure about your visa status, or for the most up-to-date information, please contact your local embassy or visit 

    Last updated: August 2019

    Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
    If you are from a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland you do not need a visa to enter, work or study in the UK.

    If you are from a country outside of the EEA or Switzerland you may need a visa to study depending on whether you are a visa national or a non-visa national.

    You can check whether you need a visa on the 

    What type of student visa do I need?
    If you need a visa to study, there are currently two types of visa available:

    Short-term study visa
    Tier 4 student visa (general or child)

    Short-term study visa
    A short-term study visa allows those over 18 years old to study:

    a short course (including English language courses) for up to 6 months
    an English Language course for up to 11 months

    If you are under 18 years old you can apply on a short-term study visa to study:

    a short course (including English language courses) for up to 6 months

    You can apply for a short-term study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel and should get a decision within 3 weeks of application. Check the visa processing times for more information.

    To apply for this visa you must provide proof:

    of acceptance onto a course
    that you have enough money for your stay
    that you have money for your return journey

    If you are under 18 years old you also need to show:

    you have booked your travel and accommodation
    you have permission from your parent or guardian

    You can find details about eligibility for this visa and the documents you need to provide at 

    To apply online for this visa, visit the 

    Tier 4 student visa
    A Tier 4 (general) student visa allows those over 16 years old to study:

    a full-time course (including an English language course at level B2 or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for up to or more than 12 months and to stay up to 4 months after the end of the course

    You can find out about the courses available to Tier 4 students at 

    A Tier 4 (child) student visa is for children between four and 17 years old coming to the UK to be educated. Find out more about the Tier 4 (child) student visa at 

    To apply for a Tier 4 student visa you must:

    Request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) from a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
    Show that you have enough money for your stay

    International House Trust Limited is a Tier 4 Sponsor for Tier 4 Students of the UK Visas and Immigration points based system (licence no 5BY3ENNA5) for people coming to the UK to train or study.
    How do I apply for a visa?
    You can find out how to apply for a UK visa on the UK government website at 

    How to get there

    International House London
    16 Stukeley Street
    WC2B 5LQ
    t: +44 (0) 20 7611 2400
    Getting here
    International House London is within walking distance of several tube stations. The closest are Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) Holborn Station (Central Line and Piccadilly Line) and Tottenham Court Road (Central Line and Northern Line).

    Transport for London offers an online journey planner which allows you to plan your journey to International House London.

    You can also call the 24-hour Transport for London travel information line on 0843 222 1234. Or call International House London on +44 (0) 20 7611 2400 and we will help you.

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