Frequently Asked Questions (students)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our English courses, facilities in Bournemouth, Visas, travel requirements, accommodation and welfare. If your question is not answered here, then please get in contact and we will be happy to answer via phone or email!

Yes, Southbourne School of English is accredited by the British Council. We are also members of Quality English, IALC, English UK, English UK South and English UK Young Learners. We are also an examination centre for Cambridge and Trinity.

To book your course, have a look at our Adult or Junior courses you can complete the Junior (Age 9-15) or Adult (Age 15+) enrolment forms.

You can pay for your course by cheque, Flywire or by direct bank transfer. Contact us for more details.

Courses start every Monday throughout the year. Junior courses are seasonal, please check Junior Language Courses for more information

At Southbourne School of English, you can study for as long as you like, starting from one week.

In summer, we accept students from the age of 10 at our main school (students aged 9 can be accepted in classes without accommodation). Outside of summer, we do not accept individual junior students, except on our spring programme. However, we do accept closed group juniors throughout the year.

If you come from a country outside of the European Union then you may need a visa. More information can be found on our school policies page here.

No, we ask for the £120 registration fee to enrol the student and we ask for payment for the course in full 4 weeks prior to the course start date. We cannot send out confirmation of booking, or visa application documents, before we have received a registration fee payment.

Our English school is able to offer homestay accommodation year round, and private accommodation for students aged 18+ at specific dates in July-August – please view our latest Course Dates & Fees for more details. All of our homestay accommodation is either within a 30-minute walk, or a short bus journey from the school. Students under the age of 16 staying in homestay accommodation for longer than 27 nights will need to be placed with a Private Foster family due to Private Fostering Laws

If you wish to rent a flat privately, we would suggest that you visit the Bournecoast website.