We want you to feel at home from the moment you arrive in Bournemouth
Before you come to the school in Bournemouth, you’ll meet your host family and the students you’ll share a house with. You’ll feel more relaxed once you know you’re staying with a caring family.
On your first day, our Academic Principal, Kathryn Newman, or one of her team will give you a warm welcome. You’ll meet some of the staff and have a tour of the school.
You’ll also spend some of the first day taking our Placement Test. Don’t worry – it’s not an exam. We use the test to judge your level of English so you join the most suitable class. Learning with students at the same level will help you take the most out of your course.
Words can't express how grateful I am for your treatment of me those months that I lived with you. You took me in as if I was a brother or son, you made me feel like I was right at home in a foreign land thousands of miles away from my own family and friends.
You pushed me to try harder and be better every day and you never made me feel stupid for making mistakes. You helped me out with any questions I had and always showed an interest in my upcoming tests and presentations I was preparing for.
You stood with me when I was missing home, and frustrated living in a different language everyday and gave me life advice.
You helped me to feel at home in my new city, giving me advice about places to eat, sights to see, and parks to visit. You accepted me in as a part of the school, even if it was for a quick time.
You taught me so much,you were a major part of my study abroad experience and I can't thank you enough for everything that you did for me. I can only hope that I made an impact on you like you did on me.
I’ve been coming here since I was ten and I think that this is one of the best school to have fun and learn English. Teachers are very friendly, help you in everything you need and once a week they could give you a questionnaire to know if you are happy or not. The leader activities always tell you the best place to visit, the bus driver is so funny and he is always talking to you. Personally my teacher Jane is very friendly and funny. She ask us every day how we are and in class she do very interesting activities to learn better and faster. Needless to say the reception, accommodation office and academic office have the best people I’ve ever meet. They always ask if you need something, help you when you need and the most important for me is they always do it with a smile.
Rocio / Spain /
The atmosphere at school was great. The sea, a nice city, parties and a lot of pubs. All I could wish and more! I had a lot of fun during the lessons and highly improved my English. Especially my spoken English became very good. You can’t study there without having a great time and a lot of new friends. These four weeks I spent there were kind of the best four weeks I ever had. The family was really kind and helped whenever I had a problem. Actually I didn’t suppose English dishes to be yummy, but theirs were really great! Whenever there was an excursion, I took the opportunity to attend. I loved them, as they were funny and educative at the same time. I really like you guys! I hope I’ll be able to come back.
Lukas Braumiller / German /
I'd like to thank everybody for giving me the opportunity of studying here, meeting people, improving my English and so on. I managed to become very gregarious, and became friends with almost every student, with the teachers, the people in reception and the office. Thanks to the school and the people in it. I could say I found myself, because before coming here I was very shy, now I'm not afraid of meeting new people, and I can't still believe that 4 years ago I was in elementary and now I'm in advanced which is the highest level, I could say "I started from the bottom, now I'm here". One of the things that I like about the school; the teachers, the teachers are friendly, they’ll always try to do their best to teach you and to help you with whatever you need, sometimes they become more friends rather than teachers. The hardest part of being here for too long, is that I have to say goodbye to a lot of people that I love. In resume, the school teach you not just grammar or listening or writing, they also teach you how to get along with people, so they help you spiritually, they help you to improve yourself rather than just learn one language. I wish I could stay here more, because the school has become my home, and I owe everything to the school, the teachers and my friends, because of them, I can say that finally I found myself and the reason for why I’m here in this world. Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime, now I'm looking forward to go back home, go to university and then come back to Bournemouth because now I'm in love with this city.
Santiago / Colombia /
The Southbourne School of English is very good! The school is located in a quiet area of Southbourne, near Bournemouth center and near the sea. The courses are very interesting and the time passes very fast! All the teachers are very nice and pleasant. They help to improve our English using different activities and exercises. There are a lot of people from other countries, with different cultures and different habits. Every weekend the school organises excursions to nice places in England with the teacher Neil! The receptionist helps the students for anything! For any question! The time that I spent in this school was fantastic!
Emil / Italy /