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EC Cape Town

With a brand new designer finished school, in the heart of the city, EC Cape Town is just a few streets away from all the action of famous Long Street. The school is warm and welcoming with fantastic facilities and situated in a beautifully renovated heritage building.

Craig Leith

Centre Director

Monica Boshoff

Director of Studies

Rifqah Brenner

Accommodation Officer

Centre Info

  • Launched: 2006
  • Centre capacity: 180
  • Classrooms: 12
  • Minimum age: 16
  • Students per class: Average 12 (Max 15)
  • Cambridge Exam testing centre
  • EC English Cape Town is registered as an Accredited Training Provider with Services SETA, accreditation number 6515, to offer Learning Programmes aligned with the National Qualifications Framework in compliance with the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997; Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998; South African Qualifications Authority Act 58 of 1995 and the Further Education and Training Colleges Act 16 of 2006.

School Includes

  • 10 internet connected computers
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the centre
  • Library
  • Self-study room
  • Student lounge
  • Interactive whiteboards throughout
  • Social and cultural programme


New address:
EC Cape Town
Redefine North Wharf 1st floor
42 Hans Strijdom Avenue
Cape Town


+27 (0) 2142 24111

Emergency Number

 +27 (0) 8488 66342

Opening Hours

0800 - 1700 GMT+1


  • Located in the central business district
  • School in historical Heritage Building
  • Only a few blocks from famous V&A Waterfront
  • Great location for shops, dining and entertainment
  • Surrounded by some of the top hotels in Cape Town
  • Just opposite Cape Town's newest skyscraper, where EC students enjoy breakfast as part of their Monday morning orientation.

Nationality Mix

  • Brazilian
  • Saudi Arabian
  • Swiss
  • Other
  • Yemeni
  • French
  • Angolan
  • German
  • Turkish
  • Italian
  • Egyptian

Age Mix

  • 16 - 17

  • 18 - 20

  • 21 - 25

  • 26 - 30

  • 31 - 40

  • 41 - 50

  • 51+

Student Testimonial

Forget everything you have ever been told about Africa… This is THE ultimate experience that will virtually transform you into a new person. Stop functioning and start living: welcome to Cape Town! My name is Caroline, I am 19 years old, I am from Belgium and I came to South Africa to improve my English at EC Cape Town. I attended a 3 months Cambridge course that turned out to be rather demanding but undeniably useful and successful. I doubtless owe this to my outstanding teachers to whom I will be eternally grateful. Thereafter I started the most amazing internship known to mankind organized through VA Corps: two months at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. First and foremost I wish to emphasise the beautiful environment where I have had the privilege to work in. The Waterfront is the sparkling crown of the Mother City, not only because of its wealthy atmosphere but especially because of the overwhelming nature that surrounds it. Indeed, Table Mountain greets you every morning with its protective and stunning silhouette and, caressing the foot of the mountain, the ocean embraces you with its comforting immensity. At the Aquarium I got to know the most incredible people around, and there was not a day that I did not spend laughing from 7am to 6pm. Penguins, Culture Lab, Eco System, Cricket Lab, Corals, Quarantine, Jellies, Kitchen, Collections, Frogs ... Can’t tell how much I enjoyed going home completely exhausted, smelling like fish and thoroughly delighted about all the tasks I had achieved, the new things I had learned and discovered. I had such a blast, I couldn’t even think of going home or it would have torn my heart and soul apart. I have never said goodbye to anyone here: ‘See you soon!’ is all I feel like saying. Cape Town got under my skin… Was I to ever life a part of my life again then it would be my gap year, without any hesitation whatsoever. Thanks to all the amazing people who made it possible!

Caroline Doring

Teacher Testimonial

My name is Ian Coleshaw. I’ve been living in Cape Town since I went to high school here over 20 years ago. I’m married to a wonderful woman who teaches grade 6 in a primary school. I live on a wine farm and enjoy peaceful weekends working in my garden – trying to get vegetables to grow!

I have been a teacher for over a decade now. I started out teaching English in Asia for five years. After this I returned to South Africa and spent several years teaching History and English to school children. I moved back into the ESL world in 2011 and have loved working at EC since then.

Read! Reading is one of the best ways you can help improve your English, and it’s great fun too. Also, talk to people – as much as possible, drive them crazy with your questions. But most importantly make mistakes. Your best learning happens when you’re learning from your mistakes.

My classes are stimulating and interesting. I try to incorporate our student’s needs into all that I do in the classroom.

Ian Coleshaw

Sample Activities

  • Monday

    Welcome Event Welcome Event

    Welcome event for new students. Come and make some new friends!

  • Tuesday

    Wine Tour Wine Tour

    Journey around the Cape's beautiful vineyards.

  • Wednesday

    Access Park Shopping Access Park Shopping

    Cape Town's biggest shopping area.

  • Thursday

    City Tour City Tour

    Visit all the sights of the city.

  • Friday

    Surfing Surfing

    Surfing in Muizenberg & Kalk Bay surfing lessons in Muizenberg-the famous surfers beach.

  • Saturday

    Cape of Good Hope Tour Cape of Good Hope Tour

    Come and explore the wonders of the Cape peninsula. Full-day tour.

  • Sunday

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

    Spend a relaxing day at this scenic spot.