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Classic City Arrival and First day

Cape Town

Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+27 (0) 8488 66342


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

Airport Transfers

  • Students must arrive on Saturday and depart on Saturday between 08:00 - 20:00; otherwise an extra transfer fee will apply.
  • Information regarding arrival time, flight number, airline, name of airport and terminal number must be sent to EC Head Office at least seven days before the student’s arrival. If this information does not reach us within the stipulated time, EC Cape Town will not be responsible for providing airport transfers to the student and will not offer any compensation to students who have not been picked up because of this.
  • Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.

Student Arrivals

Students will be met in the Arrival Hall by an EC representative holding a sign with the school logo ("EC Young Learners"). If students cannot find the EC representative at the airport, they should call the EC emergency number and wait by the airport information desk. It is also vitally important that if students miss their connection to Cape Town, they call the EC Young Learners emergency number to inform EC that they have been delayed.

EC staff

EC employs a number of Social Leaders and Customer Service Officers specifically for the Young Learners Summer Programme. These benefit from a rigorous in-house training programme. Their role is to ensure that students have an enjoyable and safe stay, and they provide constant support to International Leaders.

First Day

On Sunday, students must arrive at school by 09:45 am at the latest. All students must present their passport/ID on arrival at the school on their first day as proof of identity. The first day at school will be as follows: 

EC Cape Town Classic City Homestay - Sunday:
  • 08:00-09:00 Breakfast 
  • 09:45 Arrival at the learning centre 
  • 10:00-10:15 Welcome talk 
  • 10:15-11:45 Placement test 
  • 11:45-13:00 Lunch break 
  • 13:00-15:00 City orientation
  • 19:30-22:00 Welcome party
Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.
  • 08:45 - 09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night

Welcome Pack

Students will be given a Welcome Pack containing a map with directions to the school and important information such as the time they need to be at school on their first day.

Welcome Talk

Students will be given a welcome talk by the Academic Department where timetables, lessons and academic information are explained. The Programme Manager will explain the leisure programmes and activities.

Placement Test

When students arrive at school they will take a placement test which assesses their grammar and vocabulary. Speaking and listening skills are also assessed. The test takes about 1.5 hours to complete and its purpose is to help the school place students in the appropriate class at the right level. This will allow the students to make the most of their time and help the teachers plan lessons according to the students’ linguistic needs.