Just 90 minutes from London by train, the historic city of Portsmouth (nicknamed “Pompey”), lies on the south coast of England. The harbour is one of the city’s main attractions and as the city was an important military base for more than 2000 years, the whole of Portsmouth contains monuments and buildings from almost every era of British history! Many famous Brits were born or have lived in Portsmouth, including: Charles Dickens, HG Wells, Rudyard Kipling and Peter Sellers.
After your English lessons, you could take a boat tour of the harbour or visit one of the 12 museums in the city – most of which are for free! The city also boasts the striking and famous Spinnaker Tower, which is 170m high and shaped like a sail, from where you have excellent views over the whole of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is a university city and home to a large international student population, making it a lively and exciting place to study English, with excellent student facilities.
Our Portsmouth school is a large school, with 55 classrooms, situated in the university district of the city and offering high quality English courses for students of all levels, including complete beginners. There are two student common rooms, including a separate one for Executive students, free WiFi internet access, flat-screen TVs, a fully-equipped study centre with computers, a pool table, table tennis table and a piano, as well as an on-site student cafeteria, offering hot and cold food throughout the day.
Students at the school also have access to join the Portsmouth university clubs and societies, which is a fantastic and unique opportunity to meet British students, practise your English and to make new friends!
There is a maximum of just 12 students in the group classes at our school and each class is 60 minutes in duration. You can choose to take a general English language course, consisting of 22 classes per week divided between the morning and the afternoon. Friday afternoons are free. This is the perfect course for improving your overall English level and focusses mostly on grammar skills in the morning sessions, with emphasis on speaking and listening in the afternoon classes.
The school has an excellent reputation for its Executive English Training Centre, offering first class courses for students of business English, as well as IELTS and Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses. Lessons are dynamic incorporating a large variety of activities and the teachers make use of materials from many different sources, to enhance your learning experience. Contact us today for further details and also start dates for our Exam Preparation courses in Portsmouth!
Our school offers accommodation with an English host family, on a half-board basis. This is the best choice of accommodation for any student who wishes to practise their English as much as possible outside of the classes, as your host will be able to encourage you to speak English during the meal times, or otherwise in your free time!
With an English speaking host in Portsmouth you will also have the added benefit of meeting the local people and learning more about the English way of life! If you would prefer to share your accommodation with other international students then you can book a room in the student residence, where you will have a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals. All of the accommodation is located within walking distance of the school.
The social programme offered at the school includes many more possibilities to get to know the city and surrounding area, whilst enjoying yourself and practising your English simultaneously. There are evenings out with the school staff to pubs and restaurants, visits to the cinema, to museums and to the theatre, as well as sporting events and regular weekend excursions. You can sign up to visit other cities such as London, Cambridge, Bath and Oxford and the school also often arranges excursions to Stonehenge. Whatever your interests, there will be plenty of chances to fill your spare time with us in Portsmouth!
Our school will happily arrange for you to be collected from the airport, whether you arrive into Heathrow, Gatwick or Southampton airport, however, the transfers are not included in the course fees. Please contact us for details.