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We will follow UK Government guidance with regard to safety measures in the classroom. The maximum student number in class will be reduced to 8, we will implement safe-distancing, staggered break times, regular thorough cleaning, hand sanitiser will be provided, classrooms will be well ventilated. 

Our homestay hosts will provide a safe, comfortable and friendly place to stay.  If you, or a member of your homestay family, becomes ill, you will self-isolate together.

Our priority is to do our best to keep our students safe. As a result there may be times when we may not be able to offer our traditional social programme.

Please see our Covid-19 Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Coming to the UK: What do you have to do?

Some of our students have to self-isolate, take COVID-19 tests and complete forms. Below is a video of one of our students explaining what it was like for him. Always refer to the UK government website to find out what you need to do, and please contact us if you are unsure of anything.

Please always check your own country's travel regulations about entering and departing England.



What Students Say

It is essential that our students are happy with all aspects of their stay. To help us monitor this we ask every student completing a course at Hilderstone College to evaluate their whole experience: the College, the classes and teaching, the social programme, the facilities, the town and their homestay accommodation. Over the last 3 years (2018 - 2020) 96% of students said the College was 'good' or 'very good' (based on responses in end-of-course questionnaires).

General Comments

  • Marco, Italy

    I really enjoyed the rule we couldn’t speak Italian, so everyone tried to find English words and my vocabulary has improved.

  • Christianne, Germany

    It was a unique and special experience – something inbetween English lessons and holidays. Moreover, I never had such an honest insight into English mentality and culture. Great!

  • Jiwon, Korea

    I lived in the UK and I didn’t miss Korea. I really want to stay more.

  • Lara, Germany

    It was incredible, time flew and I can’t wait to be back here with you.

  • Javier. Spain

    The College is like a big family.

  • Olga, Russia

    I’ve improved not only my English, I’ve got a new experience about other countries and their cultures.

  • Cita, Germany

    It was very easy to get in contact with [everyone], and the activities were unforgettable. The encounter with different people shapes the character of a person – it is an inspiration.

  • Marika, Italy

    I learned such a lot in these two weeks and I won’t ever forget these 14 days. Also the social activities (excursions) were a welcome change.

  • Nitirath, Thailand

    Actually, I have to tell you first that I have had a great time with everyone and I’m so happy because I’ve had a chance to share a good time with people I’ve met in our school. By the way, I always think that this place is my second [home].

  • Charlotte, Germany

    I really enjoyed my stay at Hilderstone, especially because of the people, the warm atmosphere [and] very interesting excursions.

  • Sebastian, Switzerland

    I've learnt so much in these three weeks. I am very thankful for that, now I am feeling much more confident in my English skills in general.

  • Aleksandr, Russia

    Everyone is very kind, open to talk and share an information.

Nationality Mix

  • Olga, Russia

    I’ve improved not only my English, I’ve got a new experience about other countries and their cultures.

  • Cristiana, Italy

    You can meet a lot of new people from the whole world, learning something also from them.

  • Alberta, Italy

    I met a lot of people of different countries, I [learnt about] different lifestyles and cultures and I enjoyed myself a lot with ‘my colleagues’!

  • Diana, Russia

    It was very interesting to communicate with people from other countries.

  • Giuseppe, Italy

    I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and the possibility to [share] experiences and to speak in English all the time.


  • Katalin, Hungary

    All our teachers were helpful and it was a privilege to work with them.

  • Lara, Germany

    The teachers were absolutely amazing.

  • Geesje, the Netherlands

    Inspiring, enthusiastic teachers. Pleasure to meet them!

  • Leopold, Germany

    The teachers at Hilderstone are very committed and the quality of the content and the classes in general was outstanding.

  • Aria, the Netherlands

    All the teachers are very friendly and enthusiastic.

  • Laura, Germany

    All teachers are great. I have never met [such] passionate, motivated and competent teachers before.

  • Paula, Spain

    [The] teachers overcome every expectation... they give you the confidence and their relentless support and coaching in order to improve your English.

  • Lea, Switzerland

    I was happy with the teachers and thankful that they provided such high-quality lessons.

  • Anke, Germany

    Motivated and inspirational tutors. Great feedback…. constructive and helpful. Thank you.

  • Cécile, France

    Just don’t change anything! It’s really a good way to teach English!

  • Marika, Italy

    The teachers were excellent and professional. They used a variety of different teaching methods and time flew. I learned such a lot in these two weeks.

  • Laura, Germany

    The lessons were great fun and David has managed to tailor the content to everyone's needs in order to cover everyone's weak points. I definitely learned as much as I had fun doing it.

  • Ekaterina, Russia

    The teachers were really polite and helpful, they tried to make our lessons more interesting and enjoy[able].

  • Johanna, Austria

    I enjoyed the teachers’ sense of humour greatly, which added to making the lessons fun.

  • Fabian, Germany

    Our teacher did a great job. I always felt confident in our group.

  • Cristiana, Italy

    I think that the teachers of Hilderstone College perfectly know how to involve the class during the lessons.

  • Tomomi, Japan

    There are a lot of good teachers. It was exciting every day. [The teachers are] very kind and helpful.

  • Bandar, Kuwait

    The teachers are very helpful and it’s like a big family.

  • Charlotte, Germany

    The teachers were excellent, and very motivated and encouraging.

  • Diana, Russia

    All teachers are very funny and friendly :)

  • Carolin, Germany

    Our teacher did a great job of implementing all our wishes into the course work and making it a fun experience studying grammar and vocabulary.

  • Sebastian, Switzerland

    I personally have learnt more in the past week than in the entire last year at my school in Switzerland. Amazing work. Thank you.

  • Marlene, Germany

    The lessons were highly educational and simultaneously truly delightful. I never expected to have so much fun while leaning so much. Our teacher created a wonderful atmosphere during the course, which is even more impressive since it was all online.

Teacher Development Courses

  • Yvonne, Germany

    I am just back from the TESOL conference in Paris where I had a great time. Whilst there I met up with Rachel Connabeer whom I had previously met at a conference in Germany. I heard her speak at both conferences and was really impressed by her talk, it was packed with teaching ideas and she shared her knowledge easily. I was not the only one who thought so either - looking at some of our feedback forms other were impressed too!'

  • Márta Nádiné, Hungary

    I was part of a wonderful group of people. We had two brilliant, inspiring teachers, who taught us so many new words, phrases [and] idioms and gave us a lot of teaching materials.

  • Angélica Alejandra, Argentina

    I have learnt a lot from everyone at Hilderstone. Excellent teachers and staff. An unforgettable experience. Thanks!

  • Katelin Vilma, Hungary

    All our teachers were helpful and it was a privilege to work with them.

  • Hanneke, the Netherlands

    Amazing teachers. I learned a lot of new English words and grammar but also from their didactical work methods.

  • Johanna, Austria

    I enjoyed [my teachers’] lessons very much, because they were varied and interesting. I also enjoyed the teachers’ sense of humour greatly, which added to make the lessons fun.

Homestay Hosts

  • Anne, Switzerland

    Everything was perfect. I couldn’t imagine getting a better host family. They made me feel very welcome and talked a lot to me and motivated me to speak English.

  • Diana, Russia

    My host family were very friendly and kind. It was very interesting and unusual to communicate with them. The food was also good!

  • Jana, Czech Republic

    My host family was very friendly […], I felt as comfortable as if I [were] at home. Their food was excellent and I had [different meals] every day. They helped me with speaking and grammar. I think I have found a new family.

  • Miriam, Germany

    I really enjoyed the feeling of being a part of the family and the nice conversations. My stay couldn’t have been better. Thanks.

  • Natascha, the Netherlands

    We were very lucky to meet such sweet and caring people who can make you ‘laugh your socks off’.

  • Tomomi, Japan

    It was fantastic and enjoyable every day. My host family is very kind, so it was comfortable for me.

  • Lenka, Czech Republic

    All members of the family were extremely friendly, treated me like part of their family and I felt totally at ease in their home.

  • Leoni, Germany

    I felt welcomed and ‘at home’ from the beginning! They are great and open-minded people.

  • Hanneke, the Netherlands

    A very friendly host family with a good sense of humour and a lovely dog. I enjoyed my stay with them a lot.

  • Aleksandr, Russia

    They are amazing. We always talked about different subjects, they were kind and polite. I had no problems during my stay. I felt like [I was] in my own home. Everything was on the highest level. They were brilliant. I've never so much delicious food in my life.

  • Vanessa, Italy

    [I have enjoyed] the friendly and happy atmosphere, the different lifestyle, the [willingness to help].

  • Sonja, Germany

    I could spend a lot of time talking to them and I was treated like a family member. It was a lot of fun and a great time. Such a lovely family! They will be missed! We will keep in contact! I cannot believe how time flies.

  • Cristina, Italy

    My host mum and dad made me feel ‘at home’, they took care of me as if I was their real daughter and for any kind of problem they were always able to help me in solving it. That’s why it’s the second year I have come to this family.

  • Ayumi, Japan

    They are very kind! I love my host family so much!

  • Liubov, Russia

    It was a great chance to know something new about British family [life] and to practise our speech skills.

  • Michelle, Switzerland

    They were so friendly and the meals were also good. I will miss them.

Social Activities

  • Christiane, Germany

    The programme was stunning! I loved the excursions, the talks and the dance classes!

  • Livia, Switzerland

    We did many excursions which I really enjoyed.

  • Magdalena, Czech Republic

    The activities were great to meet other students and make new friends.

  • Leonhard, Germany

    The trips on Friday afternoon were great!

  • Ioana-Antonia, Romania

    I really enjoyed the trips to different places and the disco evenings because you get in contact with other students and have the whole day (during trips) to get to know each other better.

  • Cita, Germany

    The activities were unforgettable.

Multimedia Learning Centre

  • Annemarie, Germany

    A lot of opportunities and facilities were provided to [help us] progress. I’ve visited some other language schools before, and this one provided the best study facilities.

  • Constanze, Austria

    [The Learning Centre] seemed to be very modern and learner-friendly.

  • Lenka, Czech Republic

    The Learning Centre is very helpful and I also appreciated that I had a chance to try CAE mock exams.

  • Philipp, Germany

    The Google Drive file is well-structured and easy to work with.

  • Stefano, Italy

    I really enjoyed the Multimedia Learning Centre. In fact, I think that it has been very useful to improve my language skills.

  • Lorenz, Germany

    Using the Google Drive folders was very uncomplicated – everything worked well.

  • Michelle, Switzerland

    It was great that we had a Learning Centre! I could practise my listening skill.

  • Oskar, Germany

    A brilliant idea to use Google Drive, I like to work with it, because you can share worksheets and exercises very fast.

Broadstairs and the Local Area

  • Christian, Germany

    What a quaint town by the sea, with charm and kindness!

  • Rhe, Estonia

    The College has an amazing location. Everything is close! I like that the city is small so you quickly get to know the area. Other than that the beach is amazing and the small secret streets are definitely memorable.

  • Zakhar, Russia

    A quite beautiful town with excellent beach

  • Christian, Austria

    Everything in walking distance, good facilities, beautiful surroundings, close to London.

  • Florian, Switzerland

    [Broadstairs is a] very nice place; I liked the atmosphere. It was a good mix between being quiet and having possibilities to go out.

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