ETHOS Language School

An American school with native speakers located in Cebu City, Philippines

In-Person Classes with American Teachers!

If you want to study English in the Philippines, you CAN have American native teachers instead of Filipinos! At ETHOS English School we have American teachers and several study and housing options for you to consider. We focus upon helping students learn good pronunciation, conversation skills, sentence structure, vocabulary, reading, and writing American English!

Our classes are taught Monday through Friday. Students choose between 4 hours per day and 5 hours per day, and each hour has a different subject. The 4-hour program, includes American Pronunciation, Grammar, Conversation, and Reading. The 5-hour program will cover those 4 subjects plus Writing.

GROUP Classes or MAN-TO-MAN?

Students can choose between GROUP classes, with a maximum of six students in one classroom, or MAN-TO-MAN classes, which is one student and one` teacher.

Each class meeting is 55 minutes and there is a 5-minute break between each class. The school day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM (for the 4-hour program option) or 4:00 PM (for the 5-hour option.) All students have 1 hour for lunch. We do not have classes on Regular Philippine holidays.

Do you need HOUSING?

Students at ETHOS have several housing options. Of course, they can find their own place to stay in the city and simply come to school each day for their classes. However, they can also stay in our fully-furnished DORMITORY apartment, which has a complete kitchen for cooking!

Students may also choose to stay in the homes of our American teachers. We call this option "HOME STAY." HOME STAY and DORMITORY locations are close to the school. Our ETHOS housing options all have house rules.

For students who want more freedom and privacy, we can book rooms in one of the local hostels and pension houses that are within 5-minutes walking distance of ETHOS.

For a limited time, students who want DORMITORY or HOME STAY can choose between shared and private rooms. SHARED rooms have two (2) or more students sharing the room together. We provide seperate beds and some closet or storage space. Everyone shares the same bathroom, that is complete with hot water shower system. In PRIVATE rooms there is only one student in the room.

All ETHOS housing units have high-speed WiFi and purified drinking water. Bedding and towels are changed twice each week.

A closer look at Housing Options:

Our Home Stay option is our most popular. You stay in the home of one of our American teachers, and this will allow you to live in an English-only environment during your time at ETHOS.


You can also stay in our DORMITORY apartment. This option does not include meals, but the apartment has a complete kitchen where students can cook food. There are two nearby supermarkets where students can buy groceries. The DORMITORY is managed by a member of the ETHOS staff who lives with the students. ETHOS maintenance personnel will clean and change bedding and towels twice each week.

Every DORMITORY apartment has FREE high-speed internet!

Option 3: HOME STAY

The HOME STAY option is our most popular. You stay in the home of one of our American teachers, and this will allow you to live in an English-only environment during your time at ETHOS. Most of our American families have children who will be very friendly with you. Some families have pets (most;y dogs or cats), so PLEASE tell us if you have any allegries to animals.

All home stay houses have FREE high-speed internet!

Because HOME STAY spaces at ETHOS are so popular, and limited , they are booked on a “first come, first served” basis. So, make your booking as early as possible!


Of course, as we mentioned earlier, students can stay in any of the hundreds of boarding houses and hotels located in the city. Please take note of how far away from ETHOS your housing location will be and make travel arrangements to be at school on time. Please do not be late for your classes.

We have special relationships with several hostels and pension houses located just a few minutes away from school. We can assist in making reservations and payments.

More about meals...

There are NO MEALS included in the price quotations we give. The only exception to this is HOME STAY, which includes breakfast on school days. School holidays and weekends are not included.

However, ALL STUDENTS must provide their own lunch and dinner every day.

As mentioned earlier, DORMITORY students have a full kitchen in which to cook their food. HOME STAY students may also cook food in the DORMITORY kitchen. However, they should first speak to the ETHOS Apartment Manager about this. Everyone who uses the DORMITORY kitchen must clean and return all kitchen appliances and utencils used, and anything broken by a student must be replaced.

On school days, everyone can buy lunch from a local caterer who brings safe, very delicious, and inexpensive home-cooked Filipino food to the school for the staff and students to purchase. She usually cooks at least one kind of meat and several kinds of vegetables. Students choose and buy individual menu items, and she make different recipes for each day.

How much does it cost to study at ETHOS?

Before we talk about prices, we will explain what IS and IS NOT included in the price we give you.

These things ARE included in the price:

  • Airport transfers
  • Tuition and study materials
  • Use of the school facility
  • Coffee and drinking water at school
  • Housing (if it is chosen)
  • Breakfast on weekdays only for HOME STAY students.
  • WiFi at the housing and school facilities
  • Travel assistance
  • Immigration assistance

These things ARE NOT included in the price:

  • Meals and snacks
  • Transportation in the city
  • Laundry service
  • Cell phone service
  • Immigration expenses
  • Medical expenses

Here are price charts for CLASSROOM studies WITH HOUSING options:

Each chart has two sets of prices. The blue side has the prices for our 4-HOURS PER DAY program. The orange side has the prices for our 5-HOURS PER DAY program. Each colored section has a column of prices for GROUP and MAN-TO-MAN options. Each chart also has rows that provide price quotations for 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 weeks of study. (If you need a price for a different number of weeks, contact us using the email form at the bottom of this page.)

The prices given for DORMITORY and for HOME STAY each have two charts. The upper chart has prices for the SHARED ROOM option. The lower chart has prices for the PRIVATE ROOM option.

The OUTSIDE STAY section only has a PRIVATE ROOM option. This is because these rooms are with a different company. ETHOS cannot control the price. Students who choose this option must pay the full room price. Many of the places have kitchens and the cost for using it is not included in the ETHOS price quotation. Those who want to use the kitchen in these places must pay the a fee for each dey they use the kitchen. (The average cost to use their kitchens is about US$3.00 per day.)

Option 1: Tuition Only

Option 2: Dormitory Prices

Option 3: Home Stay Prices

Option 4: Outside Stay Prices

How do I pay for the course?

We accept payment by credit card. Simply tell us what course and housing options you want, and how many weeks you want to study and we will email you a quotation for the package. If you approve the quotation, we will send you a credit card billing invoice through email for our non-refundable deposit. We need this payment to book your study and reserve your space in housing and your classes.

Then, about 30 days before you are scheduled to arrive here at ETHOS, we will send you a second invoice through email for the balance payment. You must pay this amount no later than 15 days before you leave to come to ETHOS.

Please read the Payment Policy for special rules regarding cancellations and refunds.

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This is our entrance!
We have a modern facility!
We have small classes.
Maximum of 6 students!
More classrooms upstairs.
We have a large library and student lounge.
Where we have our graduations!
You will love our back yard!
This is our dormitory.
It has a complete kitchen.
It has a really clean bathroom!
And so are the rooms!
And then we have Home Stay!
You stay with an American teacher.
Very clean bathrooms.
And hot showers.
And the rooms are nice too!