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"I'm very happy with the decision to come to your school. It has that right atmosphere that I was looking for which is so hard to find. But you have it. When I was looking for a school ..."  Read More

Mats Persson, Sweden, April 2017

" ... there were several that wanted my attention but they somehow got lost in their own information. Your website, on the other hand, has the right balance between useful information, informative but at the same time short, and the collaboration between student and teacher: let's work together and at the same time have fun. And you also have great pictures of the staff, so full of personality, that made me feel at ease when deciding to apply.

Bryan was absolutely the right teacher for me, he really got me and we had fun and interesting conversations each morning discussing different things in our lives that happened the day before. He never made me feel obliged to tell him a list of what I did the day before, it was more of a natural conversation with one of us starting and with the other one filling in.

And I liked that he listened to me and my questions/doubts/language problems and then included them in the lessons. So I got a good mixture of grammar, new words and help with pronunciation which was exactly what I was looking for.

I try to come back to New York every two years or so and I will have your school in mind for my next trip, I'm sure."

Mats Persson, Sweden, April 2017

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Read a student's experience: 2 weeks in Brooklyn and BSL, New York!

Our School


"The school and its furniture is very new and nice and the views are unbelievable. All the staff is so friendly!"

Elena Heck


"I like that it is a small school. I think it's more 'human' than the other ones you can find in Manhattan."

Elodie Gouslan

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Our Classes


"Very good mix of skills, challenging but still entertaining. In one week I can already see some improvement in terms of new vocab and how to use it."

Kristina Endres


"I like the small groups. We speak a lot about different kind of topics, the course is very dynamic and spontaneous."

Sarah Mary

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Our Teachers


"Perfect mix of grammar and discussion, very good teacher."

Susanne Straetmans


"The teacher was always prepared, he caught my attention every time he was speaking and helped me a lot with my pronunciation and he is a nice person too."

Ramona Waldvogel

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Our Staff


"They always know what is going on in NYC. They are very helpful and organize super interesting activities!"

Giulia Oberti di Valnera


"I just can say thank you to all of them! They helped me in everything and made me feel at home."

David Graña

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Our Housing


"I had the best host family you ever could wish. My host mum spent a lot of time to make everything clean, and the food was delicious! They are so nice when you arrive, it's like I never left my home in Belgium. Now she's my American mom!"

Margot Maria Detavernier

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Our Junior Program


"My host family was very kind, we talked a lot and the house was very clean."

Joyly Stevens


"The classes were very interesting, I think I have progressed a lot. My favorite excursions were Coney Island, Wall Street and the Empire State Building."

Mailys Noziere

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2 weeks in Brooklyn and BSL - by Elisabeth Hechler, Germany

"Congratulations! You won the 'Trip Poker' prize draw!"

That is how my New York adventure started. Two weeks in New York including flights, a language course at BSL and accommodation in a host family – all for free! Unbelievable!

The first prize drawing of my life and then the top prize! When I had calmed down and stopped running and bouncing around in my flat cheering with joy I called my family and friends who couldn't believe it either.

That was back in February and I finally took off in September – from Munich via Frankfurt to New York JFK. Although a little bit tired I was very excited and curious to meet my host mother and see the accommodation. I took the subway and a New Yorker kindly carried my suitcase up the stairs – I must have looked as if I'd collapse from exhaustion. My first impression was definitely very positive! When I arrived at my new home for the following two weeks I was welcomed by my lovely host mummy Sharon. She showed me around the house and the neighbourhood. Many families live here in Park Slope and there are many little shops (second hand, antiques and accessories), bars and restaurants. Prospect Park is also nearby.

After a restless first night (due to jet lag!) I took the subway to the school. It didn't take longer than half an hour door to door. I was given a very friendly welcome at the school but the view from the window beat everything! The view from the 34th floor over Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan is just amazing. 'Wow', all new arrivals were struck with awe. After calming down we introduced ourselves. Chatting to each other in English seemed so much easier here than at home.

After a written and oral level test we were assigned to our classes. The level of English varied a lot among the students but there was a suitable class for everyone. During the break in the morning people gather in the kitchen for coffee and it is easy to start a conversation with students from other classes. People from France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, Japan, Germany – it is a motley mixture of nationalities and everyone laughs a lot. The school is small and has a family-run atmosphere. Richard, the school director, knows every student by name and the team is always helpful with questions regarding the school, accommodation or New York in general. We also had a lot of fun with the teachers during the lessons. Unfortunately, my English was a bit rusty since I had only needed it on a few occasions at work. It was therefore very beneficial that our teacher Gabi – who proclaims herself to be a grammar Nazi – jumpstarted my English again.

There were several activities after school such as excursions to Brooklyn Bridge, a visit to a museum, and a Broadway tour as well as a Broadway musical. I went out a lot with my classmates. We went together to MOMA, to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, to the Top of the Rock, Central Park, Times Square, and the cinema. And of course, the girls went shopping together. Also at night you didn't have to be on your own if you didn't want to be. We went out to eat in Chinatown and had an Octoberfest beer at a bar in Brooklyn (sorry, I am from Munich and Bavarian beer is just the best in the world).

My time in New York went by incredibly fast, although I felt at the same time as if I had been there for months. The daily commute to the school and back home felt familiar very quickly and I was even able to help tourists find their way through the subway labyrinth. Two weeks in New York, however, were also very exhausting. You really need a break in Central Park to escape all the noise and hustle and bustle.

On my last evening I went to Brooklyn Bridge Park to take a final look at the skyline of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge by night. We were all wistful when we said our good byes on the last day at school.

I had a fabulous time in New York. Many thanks to everyone!

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What they are saying about our school

Martin David Eichenlaub
Germany
I had an amazing time here. Everybody was very nice, the atmosphere was very personal and familiar. - May 2017

Cristina Rubio Lopez
Spain
BSL is the best place in the world to learn English 😀 - May 2017

Maria Vittoria Scebba
Italy
Amazing, I love this school. It’s so friendly and the students feel comfortable. - May 2017

Ole Grams
Germany
The school is easy to get to with the subway, teachers and students are friendly and open-minded, and the school has the best view ever! - April 2017

Jeanne Savine
France
Everyone is friendly, small schools are the best for that! - April 2017

Nina Estelle Ring
Germany
The setting is wonderful, classes are small and the atmosphere is really nice - April 2017

Henry de Roquefeuil
France
The activity program is really helpful ! It's different from what we know as tourists, and we can experience things as local New Yorkers. - March 2017

Benjamin Schiehl
Germany
One word about this school: awesome! I like this place and especially the staff including all teachers and administration. - March 2017

Gabrielle Paquot
Belgium
The view is spectacular and the staff is always helpful and available. - March 2017

Marco Zeltner
Switzerland
All teachers are really kind and helpful. It's a good school to improve your language. - March 2017

Michiko Kuwauchi
Japan
There is a relaxing atmosphere and the average age is around 30, this is a very good point for me. - March 2017

Nadja Lang
Germany
Nice view, nice classrooms. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. - March 2017

Valeria Pulla
Ecuador
The school is always clean and comfortable. - January 2017

Kristina Endres
Germany
There is a good student mix at school and the atmosphere is very friendly, there is basically everything you need. The staff is helpful and the views are breathtaking! - November 2016


France
The school is familial, friendly, perfect. - November 2016

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What they are saying about our classes

Dominik Gnann
Germany
The topics covered in class were helpful for conversation. We spoke a lot and learned a lot of new vocabulary. - May 2017

Janine Aniela Gehring
Germany
I like my Business English teacher, he is a pushing us forward in a very positive way. - April 2017

Leila Bertschinger
Switzerland
There’s a very friendly and easy atmosphere in class. - April 2017

Henry de Roquefeuil
France
The topics were interesting and relevant. We used a lot of different materials and learnt a lot of interesting of interesting expressions. - March 2017

Michiko Kuwauchi
Japan
I'm very satisfied because the classes at BSL don't have too many students, so I had a lot of opportunity to speak at school. - March 2017

Mauro Grombone
Italy
The English course was very good and gave me the opportunity to talk a lot. - March 2017

Lucia Perez Barhumi
Peru
The class made my day. It made me motivated to come to school. The people are very friendly, I couldn't have asked for anything better. - February 2017

Angelique Fromentin
France
Good balance between all the skills. The number of students in class is good for speaking together. - January 2017

Anne Harbers
Netherlands
I liked reading the news together and talking about it. - January 2017

Eduardo Jorge Cavalcanti Dias
Brazil
My teacher is great, the course book is very helpful and the topics are very interesting. - January 2017

Laurent Benezech
France
When I arrived I spoke only a little and now I can have a conversation with everybody, thank you! - November 2016

Kristina Endres
Germany
Very good mix of skills, challenging but still entertaining. In one week I can already see some improvement in terms of new vocab and how to use it. - November 2016

Beatriz Jover Smet
Spain
The classes are very dynamic, best teacher ever! She brought a lot of different and interesting materials. - November 2016

Claudia Castellucci
Italy
The lessons are interesting fun, dynamic, interactive. - October 2016

Chloe Griebel
France
Every day we spoke, read, wrote, listened and learned about grammar and vocabulary = perfect balance. - October 2016

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What they are saying about our teachers

Ayako Shimada
Japan
Ethan has lots of resources on how to study English and lots of good advice. In one week I practiced many aspects of the language and skills.” - May 2017

Mattia Pizzutti
Italy
I really like how she teaches because I can understand everything and she has a positive attitude. I improved a lot and I am more confident now when I have to speak. - April 2017

Jeanne Savine
France
I thank my teacher Baise because she is a good teacher and also funny! I think I learnt a lot because in class we can express ourselves freely, I was not uncomfortable. For the first time I enjoyed going to school! - April 2017

Henry de Roquefeuil
France
Ethan always makes sure we have fun while learning. - March 2017

Manuela Albero
France
I loved having Joanie and Lauren as teachers. Joanie is very interesting and sweet and I love Lauren's energy. - March 2017

Benjamin Schiehl
Germany
Cory is a great person and teacher. He was always focused on my needs and taught me very well. - March 2017

Gabrielle Paquot
Belgium
Lauren is definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had. - March 2017

Nadja Lang
Germany
I like Baise especially or her patience. And Lauren for her positive energy and for making us laugh so often. - March 2017

Lucia Perez Barhumi
Peru
She made the class really fun and taught me a lot of new stuff. - February 2017

Rosa Vilanova Amores
Spain
Very dynamic, I never felt bored. - February 2017

Thibault Genton
Switzerland
Dynamic, communicative, friendly, lovely person. - February 2017

Angelique Fromentin
France
Dynamic and enthusiastic! She is very patient and motivated. I liked the class with her and I learnt many things. - January 2017

Olena Kozachynska
Ukraine
The teacher always tries to involve the students in different activities, being very attentive and always ready to help. - January 2017

Guilherme Cid Rocha
Brazil
My teachers are very funny, dynamic and attentive. They pay a lot of attention to the students' reactions. - January 2017

Chloe Lacasse-Asselin
Canada
I really like the human side she brings to the class. It allows us to learn from each other and from our cultural differences or similarities. - January 2017

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What they are saying about our staff

Maria Vittoria Scebba
Italy
Everyone is friendly, available, competent, and also funny! - May 2017

Ayako Shimada
Japan
I was surprised to see all the staff knows the students’ names. They are very kind and give good advice. - May 2017

Dominik Gnann
Germany
They are all very friendly and helpful, and it looks like everyone has fun in their jobs. - May 2017

Silke Kampfmeier
Germany
Thank you so much for everything. You are so helpful, open-minded, curious, kind, and I felt in good hands. - May 2017

Janine Aniela Gehring
Germany
Warm-hearted! It’s amazing how you care about every single student. - April 2017

Leila Bertschinger
Switzerland
The staff is friendly, open and helpful. - April 2017

Benjamin Schiehl
Germany
Madison is one of the kindest people I have ever met. From day one she was so warm-hearted to every student. - March 2017

Lucia Perez Barhumi
Peru
Everyone is really nice, friendly, cheerful. Thank you for making this experience for unforgettable! - February 2017

Thibault Genton
Switzerland
Warm, friendly, attentive - everything was perfect. - February 2017

Alessandro Boscolo Cappon
Italy
They're like a family. - January 2017

Anne Harbers
Netherlands
The teachers, staff and director are really open and interested. - January 2017

Oceane Michelot
France
I love their energy, we are always very well informed. - January 2017

Mariana Mello
Brazil
They are all very outgoing and warm. I love their tips about extra activities. - January 2017

Adria Wynne Vieira
Switzerland
The people are amazing! Everyone is friendly and helpful. - November 2016

Nathalie Batais
France
Good team! Very nice staff who take care of our feelings. Big thank you for your kindness and availability. - October 2016

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What they are saying about our housing

Dominik Gnann
Germany
My host mum Sonja is so helpful, friendly and very funny. And the food was delicious! - May 2017

Natalina Siffert-Fiori
Brazil
I really felt at home, Emily is a welcoming and open-minded person. - May 2017

Jeannine
Switzerland
My host family is very kind and it was a pleasure to get to know her. - March 2017

Alexandra Hafner
Germany
Emily is a really kind and nice person. I enjoyed staying in her home so much! She welcomed me very warmly and I felt comfortable all the time I stayed with her. Plus her cooking is amazing! It's always fresh, healthy a varied, I was very impressed. - November 2016

Kristina Endres
Germany
My host was warm, welcoming, unbelievably helpful, and there was a lot of conversation every evening. Thank you so much for this outstanding experience in a host family. - November 2016

Chloe Griebel
France
My host mum was welcoming and attentive. We spoke a lot at dinner, they always asked how my day was. The food was varied and healthy. - October 2016

Lakshayini Ponnuthurai
Switzerland
The variety and homemade food was delicious. - September 2016

Muriel Bourguignon
France
I love Emily. She is a nice and great person. She cooks a lot and very well. A good and super family. - September 2016

Risa Shichino
Japan
I love my housing. Great mother and son! Very clean and great neighborhood. - September 2016

Ellen Jonsson
Sweden
My host family has been so nice! I really feel well treated and they have been very caring and attentive when needed. - September 2016

Virginie Negretto
France
Anna was a really great host!!! I enjoyed staying in her house. - August 2016

María Bendicho
Spain
I think my accommodation is perfect. Mia is very kind and she tries to explain all the things about NYC and its way of life. - July 2016

Johannes Leyendercker
Switzerland
All the Jukes family has been really nice. I am really happy to have spent my time at the Jukes family. I always felt at home and enjoyed my experience in the American way of life - July 2016

Cristina Vázque
Spain
Paula and Ella are very sweet!!! I have spoken with them all the time I wanted, and the house was very clean. - July 2016

Michelle Nufer
Germany
I really like my host family! They are so nice and friendly! We talked a lot, so I really enjoyed my stay here! - June 2016

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What they are saying about our Junior Program

Elena Bussolari
Italy
I find my lessons very interesting. The teacher is very good and explains very well. She uses the projector a lot and this is very helpful for me. I think I really improved my English. The program is also very organized and the staff always takes care of us. - July 2016

Rosalie
France
Sherry, my host mom, cooks very well. All the family is very nice and they integrate us into the conversations. I feel like at my home. - July 2016

Riccardo Di Molfetta
Italy
A good school in a very beautiful position in Brooklyn. I liked it so much! Also my host family was very nice with me, and available to answer all my questions. - July 2016

Giulia PiaFaraone
Italy
Emily is the best, and she cooks very well! - July 2016

Thor Renner
Denmark
I like the places we visit! Albert is a fantastic leader! The best experience! - July 2016

Kiara Monja Heidi Horig
Germany
I really like the school and the people here. There was a lot of fun! - July 2016

Maja Talarek
Poland
Amanda's lessons are very fun and interesting, I learnt a lot of new words. - July 2016

Gaia Guglielmo
Italy
The general atmosphere in the house is very nice and the family is always available! - July 2016

Julien Rubio
France
I am very happy and satisfied about the school! - July 2016

Mateo Raguenault
France
The program was awesome: the lessons had a good balance between speaking, grammar and listening, our activity leader Albert was amazing and my family was typically American which was great. - July 2015

Eas-Vele group
Spain
My students and I had a great time in Brooklyn. Our host families really integrated us in their daily lives and the activity program went really smoothly. Our leader Albert was fantastic, always ready to help and very knowledgeable about New York. And the commute to school by subway was no problem at all. Thank you to everyone at BSL for making our stay a very successful one. - July 2015

Alysse Bayon
France
I had a great time in New York, the program was really well organised. I enjoyed the classes and activities, and my host family was just perfect too! - July 2015

Joyly Stevens
Belgium
My host family was very kind, during and after dinner we talked a lot and the house was very clean. - July 2014

Mailys Noziere
France
The classes were very interesting, I think I have progressed a lot. My 3 favorite excursions are the trip to Coney Island, the walk through Wall Street and the visit to the Empire State Building. - July 2014

Marc Xapelli
Spain
We had a very good teacher, I have improved a lot my English. I enjoyed my stay and the visits to the Top of the Rock, Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge. Also, my host family is very nice, they are helpful and very friendly. - July 2014