A language course to start with

Learn English during your holidays

If children want a first taste of what boarding school life feels like without committing to a longer stay straight off, then a summer or language course at a British boarding school is the best place to start. Such courses give schoolchildren not just the opportunity to learn English but to get to know the country and its people, meet other students from other parts of the world, enjoy joint excursions as well as pursue their favourite sports.

Most courses comprise 15-20 hours of lessons in small groups of between 8 to 12 pupils. (More intensive courses can be offered.) Outside the classroom the many extra-curricular and recreational activities ensure there’s a good combination of “work hard, play hard”. Such a course might whet your son’s or daughter’s appetite for more and is the perfect precursor to a longer stay abroad.

We will publish the dates and courses for Easter and Summer Courses 2023 here soon.

"Our daughter is having so much fun at St Edmunds College that she is extending and will now stay for 3 weeks after all."

Foundation Course

Learn English after you’ve completed school

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Finished school? Missed out on a stay abroad? Too young to go to university? There are interesting courses for young adults (aged 17 and over) who have already finished school and now want to improve their English in England.

The options are very diverse: from a few weeks of intensive tuition to a stay of a few months to a whole school year. There are many ways of acquiring language and subject knowledge at the same time in a Foundation Course - everything is possible. This time out between school and university is perfect for broadening your personal and academic horizons. Travel broadens the mind!

Here are some examples of adult or foundation courses:

  • General English for Everyday Use (duration: two weeks to one year)
  • English for Examinations (duration: two weeks to one year) to prepare for IELTS, CAF, TOEFL or similar examinations.
  • Foundation Courses (duration: one school year), courses are available in the fields of Business, Engineering, International Relations and Law, but also in creative areas such as Art, Film or Music.

Courses are offered in small classes of a maximum of twelve students at private colleges in popular university cities such as Cambridge, Oxford or London. Accommodation is in single or double rooms in "student residences" or with host families, whichever is preferred.

The application process is the same as for a regular boarding school stay. More on the application process