Welcome to CESC

Study English in Britain’s oldest recorded town

Colchester English Study Centre (CESC) is a well-established, independent language centre, established in 1969 in Colchester – famous for being Britain’s oldest recorded town.

We deliver learning opportunities of a high level to students who wish to improve their knowledge of English as a foreign language for academic or career purposes. We foster a learning environment which is friendly, supportive and professional. Our entire team takes pride in the welfare and support we provide to each individual to help them reach their goals.

Since 1969, we have designed and run more than 1,250 specialised courses for a wide range of clients around the world and built a reputation for delivering results.

The Centre is open all year round for adult students aged 16 and over. Students aged 16 and 17 will need written permission from their parent/guardian to join adult classes. CESC also runs closed group courses for students aged 11 – 17. We accept enrolments directly from individuals and through a network of agents. We also take group bookings from schools or a particular professional office.

By living with one of our carefully selected friendly and welcoming homestay providers, students will learn more about British life as well as improving their speaking and listening skills. This provides an important cultural immersion experience.

The Centre is easily accessible from London airports and is only 50 minutes by train to London. This enables us to offer students a genuinely British cultural experience without distraction during their studies, yet also provides an opportunity for them to travel easily to England’s capital, making us a popular base for international students.

We offer a range of courses including:


In the summer we offer junior courses for children aged 11-17 at two Centres in Colchester and Ipswich. Students stay with homestay providers in the local area close to either Centre. See International Language Holidays for more information.

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