Language programme in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is undoubtedly one of the best student towns on the southern coast of England. Its quaintness, charm and miles of sandy beach alongside the bustling atmosphere of the city have created a centre for tourism, education and business. Complete with an exceedingly well organised public transport system with links all over Britain and Europe, Bournemouth is a hub of activity. Even getting to London is as simple as hopping on a two hour train ride.
It’s a safe and inviting city for young people, the beaches and pedestrian zones offer the students the opportunity to enjoy their holidays in a safe and relaxed environment.

Founded in 1966, our partner school is situated in the calm green residential neighbourhood of Southbourne, close to the centre of Bournemouth. The welcoming family atmosphere of the school creates a perfect balance between freedom and supervision, where students feel comfortable learning, working and having a good time while integrated in an international group.

Accreditations: British Council

The school offers:

  • 17 bright air-conditioned classrooms with interactive technology
  • An IT computer room with free Internet access
  • Wi-Fi on all premises
  • A cafeteria serving hot and cold drinks, cooked meals and snacks
  • A garden with picnic areas
  • Access to a sports hall, swimming pool, tennis courts and football ground

Students benefit from high-quality teaching and supervision during lessons and the activities-excursions programme.

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Maximum number of students per class: 16
  • Schedule: classes are usually held in the afternoon, from 14:00 to 17:30
  • Placement test: first day of classes (multiple choice, written and oral)
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the programme
  • Daily homework
  • CELTA-qualified native English teachers

The programme includes (per week):

  • 15 lessons of general English
  • 1 half-day cultural visit
  • 4 half-days of sports or recreational activities
  • 1 full day excursion (on Saturday)
  • Evening activities with your host damilyLanguage level: beginners to advanced

Activities and events during the stay

This programme is entirely supervised by school staff.

Some of the many activities include:

  • 1 half-day visit: local visit in and around Bournemouth: Christchurch, Poole, “Hengistbury Head” natural reserve,…
  • 4 half-days of sports and leisure activities on campus: swimming pool, football, volleyball, mini-golf, beach games,…
  • 1 full day excursion (on Saturday): London (main monuments in the city centre and Hyde Park or Museum of Natural History), Bath or Oxford (colleges tour)
  • Optional activities (during certain evenings and on Sunday, at extra cost to be payed on-site): bowling (around £10/game), Junior Disco (£15), Splashdown Water Park (£20) etc.

Below is a sample of timetable for a 2-week stay (subject to potential change):

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Shared room, shared bathroom, full board

Travel time to school: Host families are located in residential areas within walking distance or a short bus ride from the school.

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry available (laundry day has to be arranged with host family)
  • Typical English meals. Breakfast and dinner (and lunch upon week-ends) are taken “at home”. The host family provides a packed lunch to be taken to school on class and activity days.


Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Saturday

Arrival airports/railway stations (with approx. travel time to Bournemouth):

Bournemouth International Airport offers daily and weekly flights to and from numerous British and European destinations. Poole also offers daily ferry cruises to and from France.

  • Bournemouth train station: 10 minutes (taxi)
  • Bournemouth Airport-Bournemouth: 15 minutes (taxi)
  • Southampton Airport-Bournemouth: 30 minutes (taxi) or 38 minutes (train)
  • London Heathrow-Bournemouth: 1h30 (taxi) or 2h25 (express coach)
  • London Gatwick-Bournemouth: 2h (taxi) or 3h30 minutes (express coach)
  • London Stansted-Bournemouth: 2h30 minutes (taxi) or 4h (express coach)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (about 4 days after deposit payment).

Visa Information

Brexit news:

In absence of agreement, the British Government has clearly stated that European citizens (EU members) can travel to and within the UK with either a valid ID-card or a personal passport until the 31/12/2020.

You might need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any additional information.

Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Spring/Easter session dates: from March 03 to April 24

Summer session dates: from June 14 to August 27

Course start dates: Most courses start on Monday.

Prices 2020

Including classes, full board accommodation, all activities/excursions, all school taxes & enrolment fees.

WPCS 42.0.3
Cours, activités & logement en famille - Chambre double, pension complète
1 semaine 975
2 semaines 1.720
3 semaines 2.510
4 semaines 3.695
5 semaines 4.585
6 semaines 5.475
7 semaines 6.365
8 semaines 7.255
Suppléments (par semaine)
Régime spécial (sans gluten) 35
Etudiants de 10 et 11 ans 40
Transferts aéroport-logement - Par trajet
Bournemouth 50
Southampton 120
London Heathrow 225
London Luton/Gatwick 240
Central London 270
Stansted 300
Suppl. 80 euros pour les voyages en UM (mineurs non-accompagnés)
Suppl. de 40 euros/h pour toute attente de plus d'une h à l'aéroport

Accompanied journey to Bournemouth (Prices in EUROS) - coach
City of departureReturnOne way
Brussels - Mons* - Lille* 215 135
Lille (Train Lille-Brussels + car) 255 175
*Only certain weeks during summer

Prices include:

  • English course (15 hours per week)
  • Full board homestay accommodation
  • Placement test
  • School materials
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the programme
  • The activities/excursions programme
  • Free Internet access
  • Laundry once per week
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Bournemouth
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Optional insurances
  • Extra fee for students aged 10-11 years old
  • Visa fees (if any)