Wall Street Institute

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Wall Street Institute/Wall Street English is among the largest providers[1] of English language instruction for adults and corporate clients around the world.[2] WSI was established in 1972 in Italy by Italian Luigi Tiziano Peccenini.[3] The company has over 2 million alumni with a current enrollment of 190,000 students.[4] Using a franchise model, they currently operate over 450 centers in 28 countries in North Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.[5] Its international offices are in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, Barcelona, Spain, and Luxembourg.[6]

In 2013, Wall Street Institute launched a company-wide rebranding changing its name and identity. The company now operates as Wall Street English.[7]

The Wall Street English program is designed for all levels of learners. They have 20 different levels of English language courses ranging from beginner to advanced.[8] Their program includes an English only environment in their centers, native speaking English teachers, social activities that allow students to practice English in a social, non-threatening environment, and a global online student community.

The Wall Street English Blended Learning Method combines different education methods of acquiring a language into one study cycle. The Blended Learning Method includes self-study, small teacher-led classes, and practice time. Students listen, read, write, speak, and practice English to gain a deep understanding of the language.

Wall Street English has been teaching English for over 40 years. Their curriculum is aligned to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR), according to a study undertaken with the support of the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages Examination group (CESOL).[9]

Wall Street English was acquired by Pearson PLC from an affiliate of the The Carlyle Group and Citi Private Equity for $92m in cash in 2010. Pearson has 37,000 employees based in more than 60 countries around the world.[10]


The first Wall Street Institute centers opened in Italy in 1972, and within two years 24 new centers opened across Italy. In 1983, Wall Street Institute expanded outside of Italy, and by the late 1980s Wall Street Institute was well established across Europe. Expansion continued through the early 1990s, when centers were opened in Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela. Beginning in the late 1990s, Wall Street Institute expanded into the Middle East and then to Asia, which has grown to be a significant part of the business.

In 1997, Wall Street Institute was purchased by Sylvan Learning Systems. In 2005, Wall Street Institute was acquired by the global private equity firm The Carlyle Group.[11] In 2010, Wall Street Institute was acquired by Pearson PLC.

in 2013, the company launched a rebranding and introduced a new logo and united under one global name: Wall Street English.

The Wall Street English global corporate offices are located in Barcelona, Spain, and Baltimore, MD, USA.

By country[edit]

Wall Street Institute has centers in: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, People's Republic of China, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam.[12]


There are 11 Wall Street English centers in Buenos Aires located in Palermo, Belgrano, Caballito, Tribunales, Villa del Parque, and Microcentro (4). In Buenos Aires Province, centers are in Olivos, Martinez, and Lomas de Zamora.[13]


Wall Street Institute has 5 centers in Sao Paolo and one in Salvador de Bahia. [14]


In Chile, Wall Street English operates 10 centers. From La Serena, down through Puerto Montt.[15]


Wall Street English has 13 centers in Bogota and one each in Medellin and Bucaramanga. [16]

Czech Republic[edit]

Wall Street Institute has one center in Prague, Czech Republic.[17]


Wall Street English has had centers in Ecuador since 1999.[18] The current 12 centers include: Ambato, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Ibarra, La Prensa, Los Chillos, Orellana, Santo Domingo, Tumbaco, Villaflora.[19]


Wall Street Institute operates 61 centers in France, of which 12 are in and around Paris, 7 are affiliated to Wall Street Paris. The rest of the centers operate under distinct management.


There are twenty-seven Wall Street English centers in Germany, four in Berlin, four in Munich and the rest in Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.[20]

Hong Kong[edit]

Wall Street English currently has 5 education centres in Hong Kong, in Causeway Bay, Jordan, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Shatin. All centres have been registered with the Education Bureau of Hong Kong.[21]


In Indonesia, Wall Street Institute has centers in Jakarta at Ratu Plaza (opened February 2007), La Piazza (opened January 2008), Pondok Indah Mall, Central Park and Kota Kasablanka. And also in Tangerang at Mall @ Alam Sutera (opened February 2013).


In Israel there are centers in :Raanana, Kiryat Bialik, Beer Sheva, Rishon Letzion, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ashdod, Rehovot, Petah – Tikva, and Jerusalem.[22]


Wall Street Institute was first established in Italy where there are currently 95 centers.[23]


Wall Street English has one center located in Casablanca.[24]


Wall Street English has 2 centers in Mexico, 1 in Mexico City and another one in Monterrey City.[25]


Wall Street Institute opened its first center in Central America in Managua, Nicaragua in May 2010.[26]

People's Republic of China[edit]

Wall Street English has 66 centers in the People's Republic of China in Beijing (16), Shanghai (17), Shenzhen (8), Guangzhou (9), Tianjin (5), Qingdao (2), Nanjing (2) and Hangzhou (4)Foshan (1), Suzhou (1), and Wuxi (1).[27]


Wall Street Institute has three centers in Lima [28]


Wall Street Institute has six centers in Moscow

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Wall Street English - Saudi Arabia has 17 centers, located in Jeddah, Riyadh, Qatif, Khobar, Medina, Jazan, Abha, and Taif, Jazan, Makkah, Najran, Khamees Mesheet, Bureida Tabuk.[29]

South Korea[edit]

See also: Hagwon

Wall Street English Korea operates 10 centers in South Korea. There are Wall Street Institute centers in Seoul (Samseong, Jongno, Gwanghwamun, Shinchon, Gangnam Yeouido) Daegu and more. The South Korean WSI centers are thought to be the best of all countries because of the simple settings and very comfortable inviorment. The Busan centers have opened in 2014.[30]


There are currently 8 Wall Street English centers in Spain, in Madrid, Cartagena, Toledo and Valencia.[31]


There are 9 Wall Street English centers in Switzerland: Biel/Bienne, Fribourg/Freiburg, Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Lugano, Montreux, Neuchâtel, St. Gallen.[32]


See also: Buxiban

Wall Street Institute used to operate five centers in Taiwan, including three in the capital Taipei (one at Xinyi District, one near Taipei Main Station and one in Banqiao District in New Taipei City), one in Hsinchu City, and one in the southern city of Kaohsiung.[33] On 6 August 2012, the company closed all five of these centers, "Due to financial constraints".[34]


In Thailand, Wall Street English first opened in Silom in Bangkok in July 2003. Centers in Sukhumvit, Lad Prao, Siam, and Pinklao followed. In 2008, the Sukhumvit branch was moved to Seacon Square, in January 2011 Fashion Island Branch opened and in March 2011 Future park Rangsit branch opened. In 2012 new centers opened in Mega Bagna and Central World. There are also 8 Corporate centres located inside the offices of large companies such as TOT, KPMG and SCB.[35]


There are sixteen centers in Turkey: six in Istanbul (at Bakırköy, Caddebostan, Sisli, Erenköy, Taksim and Beylikdüzü, there are three centres in Ankara (Kizilay, Cayyolu and Ostim), Izmit, Bursa, Eskişehir, Izmir, Antalya, Gaziantep, and Konya.[36]


There are eleven Wall Street Institute centers operating in Venezuela, six of which are located in Caracas. There are also centers in Maracaibo, Puerto La Cruz, Puerto Ordaz, Maracay, Punto Fijo, Valencia and Isla Margarita.[37]


In Vietnam, Wall Street English first opened in district 3 in Ho Chi Minh City in May 2013 and is opening a 2nd center in Tan Binh District in March 2014. Wall Street English brings a new effective method for Vietnamese adults to learn English. Classes are designed for a maximum of 4 people. Foreign teachers are graduates of English-speaking Universities and have obtained international language teaching certificates CELTA or TESOL. Wall Street English Vietnam is also a 100% English environment. Busy students never miss any class with this unique method.[38]


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  2. ^ "Wall Street Institute Showcases Unique English Language Instruction Method". REUTERS. 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ Boyle, Matthew (August 23, 2007). "WSI looks to China for profits". FORTUNE. 
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  5. ^ "Wall Street English Opens First Learning Center in Vietnam". Wall Street English. 
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  7. ^ http://www.changingfutures.com
  8. ^ http://www.wallstreetinstitute.com/students/overview.aspx
  9. ^ "Wall Street Institute First To Put English Language Curriculum To The Test". 
  10. ^ "Pearson to acquire Wall Street Institute: acquisition extends Pearson's position as world leader in English language teaching". 
  11. ^ aboutWSI
  12. ^ "Wall Street Institute homepage". Wall Street Institute. 
  13. ^ "Nuestros Centros". Wall Street Institute. 
  14. ^ "Wall Street School of English". Wall Street Institute. 
  15. ^ Wall Street Institute - Chile
  16. ^ "Zonas Estudiantes". Wall Street Institute. 
  17. ^ "Wall Street English". Wall Street Institute – Czech Republic. 
  18. ^ "WSI Ecuador". Wall Street Institute. 
  19. ^ "Centros Wall Street Institute en Ecuador". Wall Street Institute – Ecuador. 
  20. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Germany". 
  21. ^ Wall Street Institute Hong Kong Centres' Location
  22. ^ "Wall Street Israel". Wall Street Institute – Israel. 
  23. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Italy". WSI Italy. 
  24. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Morocco". 
  25. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Mexico". 
  26. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Nicaragua". 
  27. ^ "Wall Street English". Wall Street Institute. 
  28. ^ "Nuestros Locales". Wall Street Institute. 
  29. ^ "WSI Saudi Arabia profile". WSI – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 
  30. ^ "WSI Centers in Korea". Wall Street Institute. 
  31. ^ Wall Street Institute - Spain
  32. ^ "WSI Centers in Switzerland". Wall Street Institute. 
  33. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Taiwan". Wall Street Institute. 
  34. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Taiwan". Wall Street Institute. 
  35. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Thailand". 
  36. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Turkey". 
  37. ^ "Wall Street Institute – Venezuela". 
  38. ^ "Wall Street English Vietnam". 

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