What makes Aspire
1. Boutique higher-education institute
We are proud to be small. We have a maximum of 50 students who we know by name rather than registration number. Our students enjoy all the facilities they would at a large university: computer room, library, discussion lounge, exam preparation room, canteen and private gardens.
2. UK Standards and Quality
Our courses, levels and assessments are aligned with Cambridge English and uphold the rigour and integrity of British educational standards.
3. Market-relevant skills
Our carefully-crafted curriculum ensures all of our graduates obtain an advanced level of professional English and master written and spoken communication skills necessary in the workplace, including: presenting and pitching ideas, analysing and describing data, managing meetings and teams, resolving conflicts, creating online content, and much more.
4. Small classes, Participatory learning
With a maximum class size of just 10, our students benefit from outstanding individual attention and personal feedback. Moreover, our professional courses are highly interactive and draw upon students’ problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills.
5. Cultural and Artistic Enrichment
Our ‘Centre of Culture’ provides students with a wonderful opportunity to critically engage with and respond to the very best of British culture and the arts (cinema, dance, literature and ideas) as well as gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own culture(s).
All teachers at Aspire are experienced and highly qualified
language teachers from the UK with
internationally-recognized teaching qualifications.
The teaching methods used at Aspire are informed by
the communicative approach, which is the belief that
communicative competence is best developed by trying
to produce meaningful and 'real'communication as it used
in the world of work, business, education and travel.
Therefore, our teachers ensure their classes include:
presentations, debates, interviews and meetings.
1. Computer Room
The computer room contains six computers installed with specialist language learning software for independent study, practice and development.
The computer room is open all day and students use it to reinforce the language and communication skills learned in class at their own pace.through interactive exercises,
The computers are also equipped with a wide range of audio files and video extracts to help students improve their listening skills.
2. Student Library
The student library contains a wide range of magazines and academic articles as well as over 150 books.
It reflects Aspire’s commitment to fostering a culture in which people read widely and critically for both their personal and professional development.
The library houses 10 different categories of book:
1. Personal Development 6. How to start a Business
2. Essential Business Skills 7. Advertising and Marketing
3. Leadership & Management 8. Intercultural communication
4. Communication Skills 9. The Economy
5. Finding Employment 10. Crisis & Conflict Management
3. Discussion Lounge
The discussion lounge is an intimate and artistic room which is used for weekly class discussions..
Each week, students listen to a radio programme from the UK about different social topics and issues and then explore the topic in more detail through critical questions and a lively discussion.
4. Reading Room
The reading room is furnished with comfortable sofas and cushions and a wide range of reading material for students to enjoy and learn from. This room contains the most recent editions of FORBES AFRICA- a firm favourite with Aspire students. The reading room is also very popular when students are preparing to take international exams.
5. Private Garden & Outdoor Lounge
Aspire boasts a large and beautiful garden full of birds and a wide range of beautiful flowers., which offers a spectacular view of Kigali City Centre. Furthermore, our expansive outdoor lounge is the perfect place for students to meet with colleagues, take a coffee and prepare for their professional presentations.
Students at Aspire are highly motivated and come from a wide range of commercial and professional fields..
Many of our students work for well-known companies and organisations in Kigali, including:
● Bralirwa ● United Nations ● British High Commission ● International Committee of The Red Cross ●
Our students also come from around the world, making the centre a truly international learning environment.
As well as Rwandan, the nationalities of our students have included:
From Africa: Tanzanian, Beninese, Ivorian, Burundian, Congolese, Guinean, Djiboutian and Senegalese
From Europe: German, Belgian, Italian, French, Russian and Spanish
From South America: Peruvian, Colombian, Ecuadorian
From Asia: Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Korean
From the Middle East: Egyptian and Iranian
With such a wonderful mix of backgrounds, students at Aspire not only improve their communication skills, but
they also develop their cultural awareness and knowledge of the world.
Aspire prides itself on being Kigali's number one professional communication centre by offering an outstanding teaching and learning experience.. Here is what some of our students have to say about their studies:
Emmanuel Byiringiro, Rwanda
"Once you’ve made a decision to join, you’ll be at the right place to quicken your pace of professional development by acquiring the skills you need to make your dream come true.. Whether your goal is to become an eloquent English speaker; brushing up on your English to hit the IELTS band you need; performing well in interviews to get the job or promotion you’ve ever wanted, Aspire will provide you with the right study materials, excellent learning environment and unwavering support specific to your individual needs."
Hugo Jombwe Moudiki, Cameroon/France
"The great merit of the training at Aspire is that it develops real communication skills in English. The range of topics addressed, the great interactivity of the methodologies, develop both a broad thematic vocabulary, a deepening of grammatical rules and an oratorical capacities very useful to various circumstances."
.Lina Acelas, Columbia
"Aspire has an excellent methodolody for reading, writing, listening, grammar and speaking. Classes include high-quality teaching material and classes are entertaining. I recommend Aspire because I have really improved my English level."