Company History

1972

First Steps

The first Wall Street Institute centers opened in Milan, Italy in 1972. Those first centers revolutionized English language education by introducing the Wall Street Institute Blended Learning Method, a practical and results-oriented way of learning to communicate effectively in English. It is a highly flexible system where learners are closely supported and encouraged. Its adaptive mixture of learning modes and approaches enables everyone to succeed, whatever their preferred learning style or previous learning experience.

1979

Our Success in Italy

Those first Italian centers were very successful, and within two years 24 new centers opened across Italy. At that time, all language education entities were run like traditional schools. Wall street Institute approached language education with the learner at heart. The learner’s individual needs were met through personalized courses, flexible study and classes, and individual attention. By 1979, there were over 48 centers spread throughout Italy.

1990

WSE in the World

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 nineties, Wall Street Institute expanded into the Middle East and then to Asia, which has grown to be a significant part of the business.

2007

WSE as the Best English School

Wall Street Institute has established itself as an expert in the industry. In 2007, the company conducted a study with the support of University of Cambridge ESOL. Wall Street Institute successfully proved that its English language courses are aligned to the globally recognised and respected Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) English Proficiency Scales.

2010

From Sylvan Learning Systems to Pearson

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. In 2010, the company was acquired by Pearson, the global education company. Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing. Pearson has 37,000 employees based in more than 60 countries around the world. Pearson is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

2013

A New Approach

In 2013, the company launched a transformation program to change the way the world learns English. The company changed its name to Wall Street English and adopted a new logo that better represents the organisation’s values. Wall Street English helps people on their journey to a better by helping people learn English.

Today

Nowadays

The company has nearly 450 centers located in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Utilizing both company-owned and franchised centers, Wall Street English has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of over 190,000 people.

1972

First Steps

The first Wall Street Institute centers opened in Milan, Italy in 1972. Those first centers revolutionized English language education by introducing the Wall Street Institute Blended Learning Method, a practical and results-oriented way of learning to communicate effectively in English. It is a highly flexible system where learners are closely supported and encouraged. Its adaptive mixture of learning modes and approaches enables everyone to succeed, whatever their preferred learning style or previous learning experience.

1990s

WSE in the World

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 nineties, Wall Street Institute expanded into the Middle East and then to Asia, which has grown to be a significant part of the business.

2010

From Sylvan Learning Systems to Pearson

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. In 2010, the company was acquired by Pearson, the global education company. Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing. Pearson has 37,000 employees based in more than 60 countries around the world. Pearson is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

1979

Our Success in Italy

Those first Italian centers were very successful, and within two years 24 new centers opened across Italy. At that time, all language education entities were run like traditional schools. Wall street Institute approached language education with the learner at heart. The learner’s individual needs were met through personalized courses, flexible study and classes, and individual attention. By 1979, there were over 48 centers spread throughout Italy.

2007

WSE as the Best English School

Wall Street Institute has established itself as an expert in the industry. In 2007, the company conducted a study with the support of University of Cambridge ESOL. Wall Street Institute successfully proved that its English language courses are aligned to the globally recognised and respected Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) English Proficiency Scales.

2013

A New Approach

In 2013, the company launched a transformation program to change the way the world learns English. The company changed its name to Wall Street English and adopted a new logo that better represents the organisation’s values. Wall Street English helps people on their journey to a better by helping people learn English.

Today

Nowadays

The company has nearly 450 centers located in 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Utilizing both company-owned and franchised centers, Wall Street English has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of over 190,000 people.