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English in Action

A unique professional experience in a real-world environment

Choose a four or eight week experience

Improve your English and learn business skills in a real-world American office environment. On English in Action you will spend 4 or 8 weeks (depending on your visa) in a real American business environment after your English course. Placements are in a wide range of sectors including marketing, law, not-for-profit and hospitality.

Available at:

EC New YorkEC San FranciscoEC San Diego

Add English in Action to your course

Study 4+ weeks at EC New York, EC San Diego or EC San Francisco to prepare you for your placement. Study until you successfully reach the Upper-Intermediate level. New courses start every Monday. 

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Possible duties on your English in Action placement include entry level tasks, small projects, participating in meetings. Remember to have fun and practice your English to help us track your experience.


You will be required to email a weekly status report to the English in Action (EIA) coordinator every Friday afternoon and staff will be available regularly to review and discuss your EIA experience.


You will finish your English in Action placement with a professional presentation about your experiences and the organisation you were placed with.


You will receive an English in Action Certificate of Completion if you maintain 80% or better attendance at your placement organisation. The certificate is issued by EC with your host company's name

  • Is English In Action organised through my school or an external provider?

    Everything is arranged through the EC English in Action co-ordinator.

  • Why not just do a general English course and get a part time job and get paid for it?

    Students cannot legally work in the USA under this type of programme.

  • Can I do English lessons and EIA at same time?

    No. You need to do EIA placement after at least 4 weeks of English coursework with EC.

  • Can I do EIA any time of the year?

    Yes, EIA can take place at any time of the year, but please be aware that placements overlapping with national holidays will be more challenging and may have less hours overall during holiday periods.

  • Where will I stay during my placement?

    You can stay in our EC accommodations or arrange your own.

  • Will I have to be present on weekends?


  • Who do I contact with concerns or issues during my placement?

    You can contact your EIA co-ordinator at any time or your contact at the placement company.

  • What happens if I cancel or quit?

    If you cancel your English in Action pre-arrival, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your English in Action booking post arrival, then the standard EC English Terms and Conditions apply. Terms and Conditions can be found on our website.

  • Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, you may extend your stay to the maximum your visa will allow you to stay in the country.

English Course before English in Action: minimum of 4 weeks

English level: Upper Intermediate

Minimum age: 18

English in Action length: 4 or 8 weeks (between 20 and 40 hours per week)

4 weeks: $700
8 Weeks: $900

Available in:

EC New York

EC San Francisco

EC San Diego

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