EC Partners

EC Manchester Pre-Arrival to First Day


EC Manchester
17-21 Boulton House,
Chorlton Street, M1 3HY,
Manchester, UK


+44 (0) 161 233 1000
(Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 6:00pm) 

Airport Transfer Emergencies: +44 (0) 7799693566

Other Emergencies: +44 (0) 7474460908 – phone or Whatsapp

Opening Hours
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



What is MyEC? 
MyEC is a personalised study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. It also offers information about your EC centre, accommodation and information about living in your chosen destination.

Your Online Placement Test

    • To help us place you in the right level when you start studying with us, you must complete your Online Placement test before you arrive at school. 
    • If you do not complete this test before your first day, you may miss some of the first day activities and/or class time as this test must be completed before you start class. 
    • The Online Placement Test focuses on Reading, Writing and Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary) and consists of 66 questions. 
    • Your speaking level will be assessed on your first day in school 
    • For the instructions on how to complete your Online Placement Test, please go to

When can I access to MyEC? 
You will have access to MyEC as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here:

What else must I do on MyEC before my arrival? 
  • Complete your Important Personal Details Form
  • Download Microsoft Teams
  • Complete your Needs Analysis Form
  • 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 at Airport

The students are advised to print a copy of the document to put in their hand luggage in case of any emergencies. 

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, contact number and email address – minimum 2 weeks in advance.

Who will I meet at the airport?  

If you have booked an EC airport transfer, on arrival at Manchester Airport please turn on your phone and your driver will be ready to contact you either by phone or message. Your driver will direct you to the place to meet outside the arrivals lounge. Should you have any delays or cancellations on your journey, our driver will be monitoring your flight to ensure they are ready to greet you at the correct time.
If you have problems and cannot contact your driver then please call the EC emergency number on +44 (0) 7474 460908 (from the information desk or a mobile phone).

What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?  
Please ask at the information desk for them to direct you telling them “I have a transfer booked with my school, could you please do a call out for my driver”. If you still have problems then please call the taxi emergency number – +44 (0) 7799693566. (Useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). I am an EC Manchester student. I am at the information desk.)

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed?  
You should notify EC by calling +44 (0) 7799693566 (from the information desk or a mobile phone). (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?  
Transport for greater Manchester runs daily service on buses, trains, and trams between the airport, city centre and surrounding towns between 6:00am and midnight. Please click the link for information on prices. Black taxis are also available from outside the airport.

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
You will receive a warm, personal welcome, whether you have booked homestay or residence. All our hosts are fully briefed on how to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day of lessons. 



First Sunday Activities

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 hosts or residence. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
You can take the train or tram to: – Piccadilly Station. Click on the link for information on prices.
What time should I arrive? 9:00 am

What should I bring with me? 
It’s important to bring your passport/VISA (not a copy) with you on your first day.

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:
• Orientation talk
• The remainder of your placement test (speaking and writing)
• Welcome activity
• Your first day will end at around 16:00

What will my timetable be? 
You will receive your timetable through Microsoft Teams by 10.00am.

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:

2024 Public holidays on a weekday:
01 Jan, 29 Mar, 01 Apr, 06 May, 27 May, 26 Aug, 25 Dec & 26 Dec

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


What will my timetable be?

This is a sample timetable, times may change and are not guaranteed. All class times also include a minimum of a 10 min break, taken at staggered times in the lessons. Please speak with your booking agent for more details about school specific times.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 - 10:30 Core Block 1
(Group A)
Core Block
(Group B)
Core Block 1
(Group A)
Core Block 1
(Group B)
Core Block 1
(Group A)
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 12:15 Core Block 2
(Group A)
Core Block 2
(Group B)
Core Block 2
(Group A)
Core Block 2
(Group B)
Core Block 2
(Group A)
12:15 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 14:30 Special focus lessons
14:30 - 14:45 BREAK
14:45 - 16:15 Core Block 1
(Group B)
Core Block 1
(Group A)
Core Block 1
(Group B)
Core Block 1
(Group A)
Core Block 1
(Group B)
16:15 - 16:30 BREAK
16:30 - 18:00 Core Block 2
(Group B)
Core Block 2
(Group A)
Core Block 2
(Group B)
Core Block 2
(Group A)
Core Block 2
(Group B)
After school Language activities & social events/ free time/ study time
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