New English language pathway programme lets students start in Gangnam, finish in Canada, Australia

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Now you can learn English in the expensive Seoul neighbourhood that was the topic of a billion-dollar hit. Source: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

There’s a new location to learn English, fulfil the requirements to study abroad and experience one of the most well-known cities in pop culture today: Seoul, South Korea. Specifically, in downtown Gangnam, the very same affluent, skyscraper-decked upscale district sung by Psy in his viral hit “Gangnam Style.”

The new pathway programme to learn English is offered by ILSC Education Group in partnership with edm Education. The structure goes something like this: you begin studies in downtown Gangnam then progress to one of ILSC’s seven language schools in Australia or Canada — located in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne — to complete your final required language levels.

ILSC Seoul is set to open in May 2021. “We look forward to welcoming students at ILSC Seoul, to begin their higher education journey,” says Paul Schroeder, ILSC Chief Executive Officer.

Here’s what we know so far of ILSC Seoul’s new offering to learn English:

It’s called the ILSC University Pathway Programme

This refers to a pathway where students begin their journey at an ILSC school, proceed to an ILSC school in Canada or Australia before entering a partner university, college or TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions.

Models wearing face masks pose on the catwalk during a mask fashion show at Gangnam district in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2020 amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Source: Jung Yeon-je/AFP

“Students will now have the opportunity to begin their ILSC University Pathway programme at ILSC Seoul in the heart of Gangnam. Students will then complete the last eight weeks of their ILSC Pathway programme at an ILSC school in Australia or Canada, before entering an ILSC Pathway partner University, College or TAFE,” says Schroeder.

No IELTS or TOEFL required

If you complete the ILSC University Pathway, you do not need to take any additional TOEFL or IELTS test. This is because the pathway stands in for the language entry requirement for most programmes at over 150 universities, colleges and TAFEs. However, some Australian university pathway partners may require additional testing.

Learn English — and more

Students will gain these academic skills: lecture comprehension, note-taking, research skills, and academic discussion. Academic counselling — help choose and apply to colleges and universities — is also offered.

Save a seat in a partner school

According to this brochure, “Confirmation of enrollment or a conditional letter of acceptance will save a seat in a partner school.”