Kaplan International: Washington DC
The General English course consists of 20 lessons each week and is the least intensive option offered at Kaplan. This course allows students to improve their English while still leaving time for sightseeing and leisure during their stay.
Lessons focus on practical English, including reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Kaplan International does not hold classes on the holiday dates above. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
|Age range||16 years old and older|
Kaplan International Washington DC is located in the center of the city, 6 blocks from the White House in downtown DC. The school is located in a stylishly renovated building located in the most interesting and attractive area of downtown DC. All classrooms are equipped with Smartboards®. Various English language and exam preparation classes are taught in modern facilities that include computer labs, a student lounge, and a library.
There is also an exciting social activities program for students to get to know each other and experience the local culture at the same time. Washington DC is the capital of the United States and is home to numerous historic monuments, museums, government buildings, and many other places of interest for students to explore. Students will be able to enjoy the free, world class museums and green areas close to the school, and also the many restaurants, cafes and other attractions of the downtown area.
The nationality and age mix at Kaplan International: Washington DC varies over different time periods, courses and levels.
Kaplan International does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
Our Washington English school is just ten minutes’ walk from the imposing spire of the Washington Monument and its tranquil Reflecting Pool, and just six blocks from the White House.
Offers easy access to public transport, including the city’s bike share scheme Work or relax in the comfortable on-site break rooms and computer lab.
From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Washington is the backdrop to the most dramatic chapters of America’s story, and the beating heart of its modern politics. Watch senators at the Capitol Building, sit at the feet of Abraham Lincoln, and walk the corridors of the White House. But it isn’t all scandals, squabbles and filibusters: dance the night away in Georgetown, relax in the grounds of the National Arboretum, or head to the U Street area for live music.
First of all, I enjoyed the atmosphere here in Kaplan but also in my class. My teacher, Matthew, was very nice and understanding and made my experience here in Kaplan better. I have not much to say about the location, facilities or activities except that there was were good and blameless. And finally, the housing was nice.
Thanks you for the knowledge you have passed to me and the unforgettable memories you brought me.
Kaplan is a very serious English school, I really liked it.
I got to meet a lot of people from all over the world, different cultures etc.
My teachers were AMAZING Rachel & Matthew, they have so much teaching experience with various methods.
The class was small and intimate.
The housing was in Arlington and not in DC (I needed to pay a lot of money for the metro system) personally, I would prefer to be closer to Kapan in DC and pay more to get meals during my stay.
I didn't like the idea that only after 10 weeks at Kaplan you can take the level exam, I did 6 and it felt enough.
I had the chance to do a three week English course. I had the chance to get to know people from different countries and different backgrounds. I learned to speak loudly and experience speaking on the spot.Show details » Read more...
I liked the school and staff very much and enjoyed learning English at Kaplan. I think that the opportunity to rent the book is a good idea and makes the school work easy. The teachers and other staff members were always very helpful and wanted to make my stay successful.
I was a little bit disappointed about the school facilities, which includes small rooms without a window and bad air.
I had a bad experience from the day before I traveled until the end of the course. First at all, they had problems with the accommodation.
Luckily Language International was in the process to fix the problem.
I had to stay in a different place very far from the institute and I don't remember but I guess that was more expensive because it was a full pension. I paid 100$ for transportation to my housing and when I landed in Washington at midnight, nobody was waiting for me there, so I had to take a taxi to get a place that I didn't know yet (after, Kaplan refunded the money). In the accommodation the food was not good, but it was an extra so I didn't claim for that. The attention was very good, I feel comfortable. Before I traveled, I asked to Language International (LI) if I would need sheets, and I suppose that Kaplan Washington answered no, because LI told me that. When I got there the accommodation didn't include sheets, and I claimed to Kaplan and they didn't do anything so I got my experience with no sheets and temperatures from 2 Celsius to maybe 13 Celsius with regulated heating (for me 13 Celsius is very cold) so I had cold and bad nights.
The classes were regular, I had two teachers (2 weeks), one of them was very good, the other was not ideal with grammatical things and didn't know to teach. She was nice but she did not know explain easy things.
Part of the staff were rude, they didn't make differences between a teenager and an adult, the person who was carry on with administration things like student identification. Activities was a rude man, I really don't remember his name. I knew him one week after I got there and I think that he should be the first person that a student have to know in the welcome process. I didn't know about activities because they never explain us anything or truly; they gave us a poor explanation about the institute stuff.
Location was good, I walked very much in Washington, and for me was very good.
The city is amazing. In my case, it was a good city because nobody speaks in Spanish, so you have to talk in English everyday. Sometimes you feel bad, because it is not a touristic city, so they don't care if you don't know English. I found people who didn't effort to understand me. If you don't have a perfect pronunciation they don't try to understand you. You could think that this is bad, but after time it is challenge and you will learn more and better, the city teach you! It is an excellent city to learn English.
My experience was two years ago. It is possible that Kaplan Washington improved and can give you better things. I have to tell you either that my experience was only for two weeks: it is a short experience to condemn the whole institution. Maybe you can give they an opportunity. For me was a bad experience but they can change and improve their process to being a competitive English institute.
I had a really nice time in Washington D.C. I liked my schoolmates very much. It was the first time I came together with such different, and the most important thing, such nice people. I was really happy with my teacher. He knows how to get the people interested in the stuff we should learn. That's the biggest difference to Switzerland. The books are a lot better than here. And, every Friday, we watched a bit of a really good movie. I think watching movies in the language you want to learn, is one of the best and easiest ways to learn the language. I didn't join the activities because I was living with my aunt and my uncle in D.C..Show details » Read more...
My personal Kaplan experience was excellent because everything went well and every day I had new experiences that I've never had before. That summer period was my first time in the USA so I really enjoyed all of the circumstances around me. I'm from Hungary, Europe so I found many differences between the countries. I knew English before I arrived Washington D.C. My goal was improve it to the advanced level. I think the knowledge I got was totally enough, diversified and practical. My teachers, Andrew and Brad were very good and patient teachers. The social life was also enjoyable because of the students from all over the world. I made some friends and we are planning to meet each other in Europe this summer. I remember this summer experience with good feelings due to the high-class Kaplan facilities, location, teachers and the friends from school and my class. Thank you Kaplan for all the good things, I am planning to return USA to improve my English more, of course with Kaplan International College!Show details » Read more...
My experience in Kaplan Washington is unforgettable. I liked my classroom because lot of people came from different countries, which is rare . I had a lot of pleasure to learn with the Kaplan students. My teacher had good skills and was very smart . No bad remarks, I'm very satisfied.Show details » Read more...
The only thing is that there is no parking at the school, which is very bad, but the other stuff is good.Show details » Read more...
I'm very happy with Kaplan. I like very much the classes because I learn very much and I think they are very funny too, so I think it's a good combination. The teachers are very nice and good teachers. I take the metro to Dupont circle so the location is very good. Because it is very near Dupont circle, we also have restaurants and cafeterias. Moreover, there is a lot of activities like a basketball match or visits to museums.Show details » Read more...
Everything was perfect. Maybe a little bit expensive but it's worth it.Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying English in Washington DC. These homes are often between 25 - 50 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Washington DC, but this tends to be more expensive. Kaplan International provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment housing
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
If you are studying full time in the United States for more than 18 hours per week, you will receive an I-20 that you need to submit to the US embassy along with your F-1 student visa application. The I-20 has a SEVIS tracking number on it. Students who wish to apply for a student visa must pay the SEVIS fee online before going to the US embassy or consulate for their visa interview.
Your I-20 will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged $80 when you register.
Please note that United States law states that an I-20 can only be issued to students who intend to pursue full-time English language studies. United States law does not permit students to study part-time with an F-1 Student Visa. If you are studying for less than 18 hours per week, you have to apply for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2) on your own.
The closest airport to the school is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
The school offers airport pickup services. If you wish to be picked up, just give us your flight details and arrival date. The price of a one-way airport transfer from Washington Dulles International Airport is $130. You must book your airport transfer in advance when you register.
Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Washington DC based on your budget, schedule and preferences.
Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.