School Immersion at Itchen College – 16-18 years old – 1 term to 1 school year

This programme is aimed at students aged 16 – 19 years old who wish to study in an English college with British students for a full academic year.


Southampton is a thriving maritime and university city with 250,000 inhabitants, the largest in Hampshire. Surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (such as the New Forest National Park) it is one of the greenest citiies in England, despite its short distance from London (70 minutes by car).

The city offers rich history, cultural spaces, museums and theatres as well as great sporting action. There is plenty to do such as sailing and water sports, leisure centres, live music and world-class restaurants.

Education plays a very important role in local political projects. Academic and scientific research at University of Southampton, one of the UK’s Russell Group universities, is among the best in the world.

With excellent transport links, including an international irport, exploring the UK and Europe is easy.

Itchen Sixth Form College is ideally located in a quiet residential area and has been welcoming international students for 25 years. There are currently under 1,500 students here at Itchen and about 100 youngsters come from all over the world to enrol in High School or A Levels Programmes.

Itchen College offers state-of-the-art facilities:

  • Modern, spacious classrooms
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • IT suites
  • Airy, modern, student centre
  • Library
  • Industry-standard laboratories
  • Creative facilities
  • Sports facilities: Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Aerobic and Dance Studio, climbing wall, full-size football pitches and netball courts
  • Canteen
  • Shops
  • Vending machines

Extracurricular activities during your stay

There is also a whole host of activities on offer for international students. Aside from academic courses, you will have the chance to enjoy several activities or events organized by the college. You will get involved with wider College life, learn a lot of new things and spend quality time with some british students (these are highly recommended).

Here are a few examples of activities :

National Citizen Service (NCS), Charity fundraising events, Choregraphy for the annual Rock Challenge, College band, College radio station, the Duke of Edingburgh’s Award…

Furthermore, activities and excursions are organized for foreign students (included).

Tuesday 27th August – free Meet & Greet – students will then spend the afternoon with their new host families

Examples of included activities :

Welcome Party with live music & games, activities with NCS, sport competitions, Thorpe Park tour, New Forest national Park…

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You can choose from a range of programmes, based on your age, English language skills and goals. All the programmes on offer require good school results.

Class size: 18 to 25 students.

A Levels or Vocational programme – 1 or 2 years (16 to 18 y.o)

A levels are a 2-year programme for those wishing to go on to further study at the university level. Students can also enroll for 1 year only, but must take an exam at the end of the cursus (10 months) and obtain a certificate (AS) in the chosen subjects.

A Levels graduation happens at the end of the second year.

It is also possible to choose vocational programmes – a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background in 2 years. At the end of the 1st year, students take an exam and obtain a certificate : CTEC or BTEC Year 1

  • 1st year – 5 subjects : English as Foreign Language (EFL) and math classes are necessarily part of the programme (2 subjects). You can then choose 3 academic subjects* according to your interests and your future career path (A-level or Vocational).
  • 2nd year – 4 subjects : English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes + **3 academic subjects* according to your interests and your future career path (A-level or Vocational).

A work experience is compulsory for all students on 1 year or 2 year courses regardless of whether they are studying A Level’s or vocational programmes. GItchen College works with 2 Work Experience Coordinators who are available to assist students with finding work experience and in checking that the placements meet the child protection criteria. Students must do a minimum of 5 days per academic year but they can do more if they wish.

Language level: B1 or IELTS 5.0

Remark : as the British Government funds this programme, sutdents must attend school for an entire academic year and take the exam at the end of the cursus. A 500€ deposit must be paid before depature and will be refunded at the end of the year, only if the critera have been met.

EU Study Abroad Programme – 1 term, 1 semester or 9 months (16-18 y.o)

This course is aimed at EU students, from 16 to 18 years old, who wish to immerse themselves in English Life and A Level study for 1 term, 1 semester or 9 months. You will have up to 25 hours of tuition per week.

English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes accredited by the British Council (included as 1 subject) are part of the programme. You can choose 4 academic subjects* (Maths are compulsory) according to your interests and your future career path.

At the end of your stay, you will either be able to continue your studies in your own education system, or either get a certificate and the opportunity to progress to A Levels (for 1-year programmes only).

Language level: B1 or IELTS 5.0


Many subjects are offered. Here is a non-exhaustive list.

Academic courses : Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English Language, English literature, Environmental Science, Film studies, Geography, French, Government & Politics, History, Law, Math, Media Studies, Physics, Spanish…

Vocational courses : Applied Law, Applied science, Business, Criminology, It/computing, Digital media, Music performance & Technology, Sport, Media production, Travel & Tourism…

Single room, shared bathroom, half-board during weekdays and full board during weekends.

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to the culture and feel part of the local community. Our partner organization’s host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.

Travel time to school: +/- 30 minutes on foot. The placement into these families depends on the availabilities at the time when the booking is made.

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day.
  • WiFi access
  • Be between 16-18 years old
  • Have a good level of English (IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 depending on the program)
  • Have achieved good academic results in the last 2 years
  • A willingness to make new friends and share the daily life of a host family
  • Demonstrate motivation, maturity and adaptability

Do you meet the requirements for participation?

  • Fill in the pre-registration form as soon as possible.
  • Upon receipt, we will send you a provisional confirmation with the total amount of the stay, a request for payment of 90€ (for the language test and the motivation interview), as well as the complete application form for the chosen program. We will also ask you to send us a copy of your report cards for the last 3 school years.
  • We then invite you to come and take the language test and interview at our offices in Brussels or Paris. This costs 90€ and is payable on receipt of the pre-confirmation. This amount is non-refundable, but deductible from the balance of the stay in case of definitive registration and acceptance to the program. A 1st part of the file received must be completed and brought with you at the time of the interview.
  • We will confirm you the result at the latest 8 days after our interview.
  • If the interview is positive, we ask you to pay a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the stay (with a minimum of 1500€) and to complete all the elements of the file which includes, in particular, letters of recommendation from your teachers and other information necessary for the study of your file on site. As soon as it is complete and we have received the payment of the deposit, we will send it to our partner.
  • Final acceptance to the program is granted by the college after a review of your application and a telephone interview. You will be accepted in the courses of your choice depending on availability, your level of English, your previous academic background (the College requires good grades in the desired subjects) and the date of enrolment.
  • Your place is guaranteed as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance from the College.

The deadlines for submitting applications are :

  • July 5 for the September school year
  • 5 November for the start of the January school year
  • Beyond these dates, registration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A late registration fee of 100€ will be applied.

You will be accepted into the course of your choice depending on availability, your level of English, your previous academic record (the College requires good grades in the desired subjects) and the date of enrolment.

Your place is guaranteed as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance from the College. For very exceptional reasons (e.g. unexpected changes in the conditions set by the College), we reserve the right to change your school (in the same area and for the same programme as the one you have chosen) or to ask you to change your course selection.


  • August 25, 2020 (for programmes including the 1st trimester)
  • January 2, 2021 (for programmes until the 2nd semester)

Free Meet and Greet Airport Collection service is provided for students arriving on flights before 10 am local time at Heathrow Airport.


  • December 18, 2020 (for 1st trimester)
  • January 29, 2021 (for 1st semester)
  • June 25, 2021 (for 2nd semester)
  • July 2, 2021 (A level or Vocational program for an entire academic year)
  • May 28, 2021 (EU Study Abroad for an entire academic year)

For all programmes including the autumn term, the 1st week is dedicated to welcome activities and to get to know the College, the local area and the famous sights in the UK. Lessons start on September 3

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

A medical/accident/repatriation and civil liability insurance is compulsory for this type of stay. You will be asked for a certificate when you compile your file.

Easy Languages offers you a complete insurance adapted to the stays of young people abroad, see our ‘Insurance and guarantees’ page.

Dates & Prices 2020-2021

Dates 2020-21

The school year is split into 3 terms, each with a half-term holiday.

School year: September 2020 to July 2021.

  • Autumn term: August 25, 2020 – December 18, 2021 (half term from October 26 to October 30, 2020)
  • Spring term: January 4, 2021 – April 1, 2021 (half term from February 15 to February 19)
  • Summer term: April 19, 2021 – July 2, 2021 (half term from May 31 to June 4, 2021)

Programme A levels or Vocational

  • Full Academic Year (11 months) : August 25, 2020 – July 2, 2021

Programme EU Study Abroad

  • Trimester 1 : 25/08/20 – 18/12/20
  • Semestre 1 : 25/08/20 – 29/01/21
  • Semestre 2 : 02/01/21 – 28/05/21
  • 1 School Year (9 months) : 25/08/20 – 28/05/21
WPCS 42.0.1
Programme A-Levels/Vocational
Tuition + homestay accomodation (half board during the week, full board during the weekend)
School year (11 months) 18.995
Refundable deposit at the end of the programme 500
Programme EU Study Abroad
Tuition + homestay accomodation (half board during the week, full board during the weekend)
Trimester 1 7.695
Semester 1 9.495
Semester 2 8.995
School year (9 months) 12.995

Prices include :

  • English placement test and pre-enrolment interview
  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay accommodation, single room, half-board during weekdays and full board during weekends
  • Access to all school facilities and services
  • Academic advice and support from a personal tutor
  • Access to the school’s medical services
  • Support from our offices during and after your stay
  • All taxes and enrollment fees
  • Work Experience Placement (only for students enrolled on a 1 year programme minimum
  • Free Meet and Greet Airport Collection if you arrive on August 27, 2019 or on January 4, 2020 before 10 am at Heathrow Airport

Prices do not include:

  • Flights to/from England
  • Airport transfer upon departure (and upon arrival outisde scheduled dates/times)
  • Local transportation
  • Course materials
  • Optional activities
  • Optional insurance