English Courses

Study English in South Africa at Bay Language Institute in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city on the Indian Ocean. Combine your English language course in South Africa with a range of activities for the language-learning experience of a life-time! Just two minutes’ walk from the beach, with coffee shops, post office, supermarket and banks around the corner. Bli is a warm, welcoming school, ideal for English students looking for a somewhat different language experience.
Bay Language Institute is registered with the South African Department of Higher Education & Training, and is accredited by the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (ATO 0373).

Project Details

South Africa & Port Elizabeth

Before the current city was founded by British settlers soon after their arrival here in 1820, Khoisan hunter-gatherers, Xhosa herders and Portuguese, Dutch and British sailors used the original river and lagoon as a source of fresh water. Diverse cultures and a fascinating history make South Africa and Port Elizabeth a unique place with much to offer visitors. For more information about Port Elizabeth, click here: Destinations & Suburbs. Improve your English by immersing yourself in everyday life and exploring everything on offer. Discover the South African way of life, visit the beaches and our bay, and experience the diversity of our wildlife and nature. Study English and have fun in a warm and welcoming environment at bli and in our region.


Our beaches & bay

With its beautiful beaches, the bay is home to a variety of different sea creatures, including whales, dolphins, penguins and seals. Recognized internationally as a marine hotspot, it is now also known as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world, with about 28,000 of these beautiful creatures living here. Port Elizabeth’s beaches and the warm Indian Ocean offer ideal conditions for swimming, surfing, sailing and scuba diving.



Great value for money, this form of accommodation allows our students to live and socialise with other international students, and sometimes international volunteers and interns. Residences are usually cleaned once a week, while students are responsible for tidying their rooms, supplying their own meals and groceries and doing their laundry.

WiFi internet is available, there is a TV in each room and students share a kitchen, a swimming-pool and barbecue area



Still the best form of accommodation, homestay allows maximised learning in comfortable surroundings. Our host families are carefully selected English-speaking families. Homestay includes a single room, shared bathroom, meals as specified, and laundry. bli also offers a unique township host family experience; we work with a Xhosa family in New Brighton township for a completely off-the-wall stay. Transport to school is by mini-bus taxi or bus along with students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (around the corner from bli) and, while the family’s mother-tongue is not English, they use it as their day-to-day language of communication. Discover the warm heart of Africa!

Meals are catered for as specified at home stays and Bay Language Institute accommodation is self – catering

Transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport are not included but can be arranged through Worldwide Experience. 

Wi-Fi is available at the school.

The South African weather varies from one area to another, the Eastern Cape has a moderate climate all year round. 

Summer months in South Africa: November – April.

Winter months: May – October (morning and evenings are cold).

There are several adventure and leisure based activities in and around the Eastern Cape and bordering the Shamwari Game Reserve. These include seasonal whale watching in Algoa Bay, surfing in the world renowned J-Bay’s, to adventure activities up the Garden Route and exploring the forests and coastline of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

On-site literature and information on leisure and adventure activities and operators is readily available and our team is on hand for local advice and support.


Tuition rates

Free tea and coffee

Meals as specified

  • Lessons start at 09:00
  • Break for free coffee or tea at 10:40
  • Back to class from 11:00 until lunchtime
  • Enjoy lunch, from 12:40, in the lounge or outside in the garden
  • Extra afternoon classes are from 13:30 until 15:00
  • Choose from conversation, business, aviation or exam prep
  • Part-time evening courses also available

After Class

  • Play table tennis, darts or pool
  • Check your email, catch up on social media
  • Check your email, catch up on social media
  • Read books and magazines in our library
  • Do your homework
  • Relax and chill on the patio
  • Or just head straight down to our beach

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change

Comprehensive Information Pack

Starting from: (2022 price)
£ 000.00
Starting from: (2023 price)
£ 000.00

Quick Overview

Country & Area  : Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Nearest Airport  : Port Elizabeth Airport

Transfer Time     : 10 min

Duration              : Course Dependant