1. Cost of livingThe cost of living can vary greatly from country to country. Sometimes you can save a significant amount by choosing a language course in a country with a lower cost of living. The cost of living in Ecuador, for example, is much cheaper than in Argentina. The cost of living can also vary between big cities and smaller cities—such as studying in London versus Wales.
The cost of living can also vary significantly from person to person, so you should consider your lifestyle when planning your budget. If you like to eat out at restaurants, go to movies and take weekend trips, your cost of living will be much higher than someone who stays home more often and cooks his or her own meals.
If you are considering doing a longer course, you should pay very close attention to these costs. Our search engine allows you to easily compare the costs of courses and housing in different countries.
2. Class sizeOne of the main factors which determines the price of a language course is the number of students per class. By choosing a course with a larger class size, you can decrease the cost of the course significantly. However, in larger classes, the teacher-to-student ratio is much lower and could lessen your language learning experience. Our search engine allows you to easily compare class sizes across different schools.
3. Included servicesPay attention to what services are included in the course price. Most schools do not include housing costs in their fees, but there are a few schools that do. Make sure you compare the entire price, including course price, housing cost and registration fees.
Additional costs for health insurance, airport transfer, study material and activities can also raise costs quite a bit. In the peak summer months of July and August, most schools charge extra fees for both courses and housing – these additional fees can sometimes increase your cost by as much as 15%.