Is there an admission fee?
No, there is no admission fee; only the course fee, which is Rs. 10,000.
Is there a fee for the placement test?
No, there is no placement test fee.
Do I have to pay the full amount at once?
No, you can pay an advance of Rs. 5,000 and then pay the balance Rs. 5000 on or before the first day of class.
Is there a deadline to register for courses?
No, there is no deadline to register for courses. However, we encourage students to register for classes as soon as possible as this increases the likelihood of getting your first choice of class times.
How can I pay for my course?
You must pay for your course in cash. Cheques and credit/debit card payments are not accepted.
What happens if the class I want to attend is full?
We run classes four times a day, and try as much as possible to accommodate students’ preferred class times. However, your first choice may not always be available and in these cases, we ask that you choose an alternative class time that suits you.
Can I change my class-time once I have registered?
We prefer that students stick to the class time that they have selected because we try to keep our class sizes small. If students change their class time after they have registered, or in the middle of the term, it is hard for us to maintain small class sizes. However, exceptional circumstances may be considered in discussion with the Principal or Vice-Principal.
How big are the classes?
Classes can be anywhere from 12 to 24 students depending on the level and time. We have a lot of group exercises so we don’t want the classes to be too small but we try not to make them too big either, so students can receive individual attention from teachers.
How long will it take to learn English? Will I be able to speak English after taking this course?
The speed that you learn English depends on how hard you work. You must come to class every day, review your class notes at home and practice as much as you can. Have conversations with other students, and make use of the books and DVD library. Coming to class alone is not enough…you have to work hard on your own!
Why are classes 5 days a week? Are there no weekend courses?
We teach learning-intensive courses, which means that we try to teach our students to speak English as fast as possible. This requires students to practice speaking English every day. It would take a longer time to learn English with weekend courses, although there is a possibility we will have weekend courses in the future.
Who are the teachers?
Our teachers are all native speakers of English and come from around the world, including the UK, USA and Australia. Teachers either have a degree and/or a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification.
Which teacher is better?
All our teachers are excellent. They love to teach and they are passionate about helping students. They all teach from the same curriculum. As a result, it shouldn’t matter which teacher’s class you take, as you will receive the same level of quality.
Do you teach IELTS?
IELTS is not a course but a test of English language that is run by the British Council. Anyone can sit for it at any time and we suggest that students sit for exams like IELTS or CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Exam) AFTER completing the Intermediate course, which should improve students’ proficiency to the level that they can complete such exams.
What happens after I pass a course?
Once you pass each course, you will receive a certificate from SVS School for English stating whether you passed the course with merit or with distinction. Each time you pass a course (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate) you will receive a certificate which you can add to your C.V. and portfolio and share with educators and employers.
Does SVS offer discounts, scholarships or allow people to be sponsored?
Our course fees are already very low. We only charge enough to pay our bills to keep the school open so it’s very difficult for us to give more of a discount. You can compare our fees with other language programmes and schools. We charge only Rs. 10,000 whereas some places charge over 1 lakh for similar courses.
Scholarships are available, although students must fulfil certain criteria and must meet with either the Principal or Vice-Principal who will decide if a student can receive a scholarship.
We are happy to accept students who are sponsored by their employers or a third party. Payment and registration rules are the same for such students.