The Bildungsurlaub is a German government scheme that allows any Germany-based employees 10 days of paid leave every two years, which they may use to take a professional educational course with an acknowledged, high-quality provider, such as Venture English.
Option A: Fully tailor-made private one-to-one course
Venture English specialises in customising dynamic and interactive English programmes that combine classroom and immersion learning activities. We would be delighted to provide you with a personalised one or two week course of 30 hours per week!
Get in touch to discuss your needs, objectives and interests, and we will send you the necessary documentation for your employer to complete.
£1,050 per week (30 hrs private)
Option B: Combined small group course with private lessons
Take 15 or 25 hours of classes in a small group of 6 international adults in combination with 15 or 5 hours or private lessons designed for your specific needs, creating a total of 30 hours of learning. Your private lessons can be purely classroom-based or can involve cultural immersion activities with your teacher, such as visiting Edinburgh’s historic Old Town or the National Museum. For more information about the group lesson component, see our Intensive English Course: 360° English.
£716 per week (15 hrs group + 15 hrs private)
£519 per week (25 hrs group + 5 hrs private)
As a small, personalized school, this is a place for those who do not simply want to learn English, but have high standards and the expectation that fun is not neglected.
Susanne Marschner, Referentin für Aus- und Weiterbildung, Personalwesen, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics
* Please note: Venture English is accredited by the Hamburg Educational Leave Act. If you are from a region other than Hamburg, please contact us at least 10 weeks before you wish to study so that we may organise the necessary paperwork.
Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay! Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes. This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh! You can choose the kind of host you stay with. For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc. In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi. Homestays are from £175 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.
City Centre Hostel
Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount! The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017. It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops. Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds. Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount. A dorm bed is from £137 per week. Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.
If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb. Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels. The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local. If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you. Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week. Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.
Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee
Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee
Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee
*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise. Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.
How to Book
To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment. Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.
You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or Transferwise.com). If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment. Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.
At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.
If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!
What Happens Next?
When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.
We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests. We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.
Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.
If you cancel your course:
- more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
- less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.
For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.