Our Story

Elac began life as Eastbourne Language and Activity Centre in 1991. It was set up by John and Sara Dunster after John left Meads School of English where he was Principal. Eastbourne Language and Activity Centre was initially a homestay course based at Park College in Eastbourne. Andrew McPhee joined in 2000 when the organisation began to branch out into residential centres and became known as Elac.

In 2006, the administration of the summer centres moved to Bath, then in 2012 the office moved to 22 Milsom Street, in the heart of Bath city centre. Milsom Street is also home to the Elac Study Centre, where we run tailor-made courses for closed groups throughout the year. Tim Cooke joined John Dunster and Andrew McPhee as an Elac Director in 2015.

During the summer we run eight multi-national residential and homestay centres for students between the ages of 11 – 17 in a variety of locations in the UK. We work with students from a wide range of countries, but have particularly strong links with Italy, Spain, China, Russia, Japan, France, Poland, Austria and Turkey.

We currently welcome around 3500 students on Elac courses every year and aim to give each and every one of them a safe, fun and truly unforgettable learning and cultural experience!

Our Accreditations

We have been a British Council  accredited provider of English language and activity courses since 2008. We are also a member of English UK and Young Learners English UK.

Our most recent British Council inspection took place in Summer 2016. The report can be read here: British Council Report 2016.

Summer 2020 – Covid-19

Dear Partners,

Thank you for your messages of continued support as we all try to manage, adapt and move forward at this time.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and we hope to be able to run our English language courses in the UK this summer. Please contact us on info@elac.co.uk for the latest developments regarding our summer course.

For those students who are not able to travel to the UK we are rolling out a summer school experience online which will encompass many of the English Language learning opportunities as our Summer courses, but without having to leave home! Click here for more details.