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Bildungsurlaub

Study at any of our English Centres as a BU approved provider

Bildungsurlaub

We’re proud to be able to offer our English Language courses in London, Dublin and Eastbourne as being approved institutions for Bildungsurlaub participants.

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Overview

Bildungsurlaub (BU) is a programme run by the German Government, allowing paid workers to take time off each year for full-time study.  

Employees in any German state except Sachsen and Bayern who have worked for an employer for at least 6 months (12 months in Baden-Württemberg) are eligible for 5 days of BU each year. Most states allow employees to take 10 days every 2 years, allowing for an intensive 2-week course in one trip. 

The states we have gained accreditation in are: 

  • Berlin 

  • Hamburg 

  • Hessen (by decree of Niedersachsen) 

  • Niedersachsen 

  • Rheinland-Pfalz 

  • Saarland (by decree of Niedersachsen) 

  • Sachsen-Anhalt 

  • Schleswig-Holstein 

If you take part in the BU scheme, you’ll be able to spend 2 weeks at one of our English schools across the UK and Ireland, alternating study with visiting nearby landmarks and attractions. We have a variety of courses available based on the goals of the student, such as our Intensive English course, English Unlimited, English for Business Professionals, and Academic Year in Ireland. 

Course details

  • More Information
  • Why study with us?
  • Our Centres
  • Our Courses

More Information

Studying overseas as part of your educational leave is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world from a variety of companies and work sectors. You couldn’t ask for a better way to make potential industry contacts. It’s also a great way to vary the people you interact with and make new friends.

Being able to speak extra languages can be a huge bonus in employability, especially in international industries and companies. This is doubly true for English, which has become the international standard language for many businesses and sectors. Any industry that has a need for presentations, communications and report writing is likely to benefit from you being able to speak English.

Why study with us?

If you’re studying with us as a Bildungsurlaub participant, you are able to study on any of our courses.

When learning English, it’s best to study in an English-speaking country. This means you’ll be surrounded by opportunities to practise your English, with real world context and situations. Not only will this help you learn quickly, it will make your learning more robust and highlight the real world applications of your language use. You also get the experience of travelling to the UK or Ireland and experiencing a totally different culture than your own.

We are dedicated to the student experience. We have specifically tailored our course content to ensure students feel confident in using and understanding English as well as having an engaging travel experience. Our London and Eastbourne schools are British Council accredited and our Dublin school is accredited by Eaquals.

Our Centres

Our London centre is located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, a beautiful part of the UK’s capital. This school provides great access to a variety of landmarks and attractions in and around London. The school is modern, spacious and bright, and the location offers a range of first-class facilities.

Our Dublin centre is set centrally in the historic Irish capital, allowing students to study surrounded by an incredible atmosphere of history and architecture. The short distance to landmarks and tourist attractions helps visitors fit as much in on a short trip as possible.

For those interested in a more peaceful experience than one of our capital city schools, our Eastbourne school is set in a traditional English seaside town. This allows students to have a quieter rural experience, while retaining good transport links to London.

Our Courses

Students on a Bildungsurlaub course can study one of our full time courses for the two week period. We have courses designed exclusively to maximise English Language skills learnt, as well as courses with more specialised goals. 

General English and Intensive English are purely English language courses, with the latter providing specialised afternoon modules for specific learning goals.


Our Exam Preparation course is aimed at those who want to focus on exam technique for one of the English Language exams such as IELTS or B2 First. 


English for Careers and English for Business Professionals are both aimed at students looking to combine English learning and employability/careers skills.


Our Teacher Development Courses are designed to help improve teachers' practical skills in the classroom using our long history of teaching experience and our deep knowledge of modern teaching methods.

You can see all of our available courses at English Courses.

Some courses are only available to individuals on specific dates, but all of our courses are available year-round for closed groups. 


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