Our Activity Programme
Our activity programmes are specifically designed to include a balanced mix of sports, activities, workshops, local visits and excursions to ensure our students have fun, make friends, practise their English and learn more about British culture & heritage.
We aim for students to maximise their use of English outside of the classroom and this is achieved through participating in activities, interacting with our staff, making friends with other students, and also through our Activity Books, which support students’ language learning.
We also offer optional Drama & Yoga Workshops every week with specialist instructors in all locations at no additional charge.
We believe an important aspect of the study holiday is for students to learn about the local history and culture of the area in which they are staying. As such, we put a lot of importance on well-organised and informative trips to places of historic and cultural interest. We include:
- 3 full-day excursions per 2 weeks included
- Minimum 1 half-day excursion (or premium entrance) per week
- 2 – 3 half day local visits per week
- All excursions supported by our unique Activity Book, packed full of information & tasks to complete
- All entrance fees and travel costs as required for the programme
Sports & On-Campus activities
- We offer daytime sports sessions, usually two or three times per week depending on centre.
- Sports may include football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, rounders, swimming and beach volleyball, depending on the facilities available
- Other daytime activities on campus include scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, film & photography projects etc
- Evening activities include discos, quizzes, fashion shows, talent shows, film nights, treasure hunts, karaokes and more
Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks; students alternate weekly between morning classes/activities and afternoon classes/activities (excludes Hatfield where lessons are morning only and activities are afternoons only throughout the course)
Daytime activities between 09:00-12:30 or 14:00-17:30. Evening activities between 19.30 – 22.00. Exact times may vary dependent on campus.
Please refer to the sample activity programmes for more details. (All programmes are subject to change.)
Sample Programme (with morning lessons)
|AM||Arrival||Test & Induction Lesson||Lessons||Lessons||Lessons||Lessons||Full Day Excursion & walking tour & castle||Full day Excursion & walking tour & museum|
|PM||Local visit – guided walking tour of city centre||Sports & activities on campus
|Half Day Excursion||Sports & activities on campus||Local visit to city centre & museum|
|Drama/Yoga or Enterprise English||Drama, Yoga or Enterprise English|
|Eve||Welcome Party||Quiz Night||World Cup||Disco||Karaoke||Fashion Show||Film Night||Treasure Hunt
Drama & Yoga Workshops
- Optional Drama & Yoga workshops, led by specialist instructors, are offered weekly in all locations and are included in the package price.
- Each 60 – 90 minute workshop is a stand-alone class. Workshops may take place during the day as an alternative to sports and games or in the evenings.
- Students can sign up for the workshops at the centre if they want to get involved.
- Workshops are suitable for all levels including beginners.
- All students will have the opportunity to sign up for at least 1 x drama workshop per week and 1 x yoga workshop per week.
All students receive one of our unique, centre-specific Activity Books, designed to compliment the excursion and local visit programme and enhance the language-learning experience. The Activity Book is packed full of information about the places students will visit and includes a wide variety of English language activities for students to complete during or after the trip. This colourful and informative guide also makes a nice souvenir of their study holiday which students can take home to show their families what they have done on their holiday.
Students are supervised by Activity Leaders on all our trips and excursions as well as during all on-site activities. Our Activity Leaders are usually native-speaker undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about working with young international students. Activity leaders are required to follow strict guidelines on supervision and safeguarding as well as motivating students, being friendly, informative and supportive. All Activity Leaders are invited to attend a full induction and training weekend, which includes a 3-hour First Aid course, before taking up their post with us. In each centre there is an experienced Activity Manager who is responsible for coordinating the programme and managing the Activity Team.