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EC New York Pre-Arrival to First Day



School Number

+1 212 490 0865 (Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 6:00pm) 

Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+1 347 567 3543 *If line is busy, please try again.

Address

EC New York , 1450 Broadway Floor 14 , New York, NY 10018 , USA


Pre-Arrival

EC Online
What is EC Online? 
EC Online is a personalized study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. Please see: Pre-arrival instructions.

When can I access EC Online? 
You will have access to EC Online as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here: https://signin.ecenglish.com/student

What can I do with EC Online? 
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home

 


Arrival

Arrival at Airport
I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 08:00 and 20:00. Late/early arrivals may be asked to book alternative accommodation

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance 

Who will I meet at the airport?
You will meet an EC transportation representative holding an EC New York sign at the Welcome Center. The driver will be waiting for you there, holding an orange EC New York sign with your name on it.

Is your flight landing in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport?
Please find special instructions to locate your driver for all flights landing in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport.
1.Get your luggage, go to the Departure level of Terminal B.
2.Get on the Blue Route Shuttle bus. It will take you to Terminal A. The shuttle bus is free of charge.
3. Once you are in Terminal A.Please go to the baggage claim area.Your driver will be there with a sign with your name on it.

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
Please note that EC representatives will arrive one hour after flights have landed for international flights and 30 minutes after flights have landed for domestic flights. This is to allow for additional time to pass through customs and retrieve your bags. If after this time, you have not seen the EC representative, call 718-392-6100, or the toll free number 1-800-473-8477 from any pay home in the terminal ( if you do not have mobile phone service).Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456). I cannot find my EC representative. I am at the Welcome Center).

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed? 
You should notify EC by calling 1-347-567-3543 (from the Welcome Center or a mobile phone) to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional cost. (Useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) and my flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time).

What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
The New York City Subway System (MTA) offers the AirTrain transportation service for $5 (an additional $1 fee applies for the cost of the card) to Jamaica Station. From there, you may catch the Long Island Rail Road or subway options for most New York City Subway Lines. Additionally, yellow taxi cabs are available outside all terminals. For fares and further information, see: www.mta.info

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome, whether you have booked home stay or residence. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons. In our residences, an EC representative will be available at the weekend to help and answer any questions. 

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts? 
You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.


Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask your host family or residence. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
You can take the subway to:
- Times Square/42nd Street (A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3/7/Shuttle to Grand Central Station)
- Grand Central Station (4/5/6/7/ Shuttle to Times Square 42nd Street)

What time should I arrive? 
8:00am - 8:30am (school opens at 8:00am )

What should I bring with me? 
It’s important to bring these documents with you on your first day:

  • I-20 form(s) (F-1 students only)
  • Visa and passport
  • Proof of health insurance covering length of programme. This is required for you to start lessons

What can I expect on my first day? 
You’ll experience the best possible welcome into the EC family on your first day. Enjoy undivided staff attention in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Here’s what your first day will include:

  • Detailed schedule of the day
  • Orientation talk
  • The remainder of your placement test (speaking and writing)
  • ‘How We Learn’ – Session on how you’ll succeed with EC, including our teaching styles and methods
  • ‘Living in our City’ – Session on local sights and useful information about the area
  • Welcome tour of the school
  • You will be free by 1pm and there is an optional welcome activity at 5:30pm

What will my timetable be? 
You will receive your timetable at school upon arrival at 2:00pm


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below

 2017 Public Holidays on a weekday: 04 September, 09 October, 10 November , 23 November, 24 November, 25 December.

2018 Public Holidays on a weekday: 01 January, 15 January, 19 February, 28 May, 04 July, 03 September, 08 October, 12 November, 22 November, 23 November, 25 December.

 

What do I do if public transportation is temporarily unavailable?  
In case of bad weather, public transport strikes etc, please check the EC New York Facebook page for any important updates or call the emergency number.


Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

08:30-10:00

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10:00-10:15

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10:15-11:45

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11:45-12:30

LUNCH BREAK

12:30-14:00

Special Focus Classes

14:00-14:15

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14:15-15:45

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15:45-16:00

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16:00-17:30

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Please note that this is a sample timetable and variations may occur.