Students have a lot of input into the programme; we tailor the programme to meet the needs of our students year on year. For example, last year there were a number of medical students on the programme, so we spent some time studying anatomy and illnesses. Whatever your interests, academic or otherwise, we will seek to include these in your English Summer Programme experiences whilst you are with us in Winchester. The British Culture module is also led by topics suggested by the students. Equally importantly, the programme is designed to be enjoyable. The varied excursions allow the students to see the real England, learn about its history and obtain a full cultural experience. We also provide extensive support and put on many social events so the students thoroughly enjoy their time here, inside and outside of the classroom.
Above all, through a student-centred approach, we want you to feel as though your experience has been uniquely enjoyable and that we have advanced your understanding of the English language in a way that has contributed to your future plans. The lecturers on the Programme are committed to both you and the programme, and are rewarded in seeing you develop your skills and experiences.
EU/EEA nationals are exempt from requiring a visa.
The Student Visitor Visa is for those who intend to study for less than 6 months in the UK. The English Summer Programme comes under this visa requirement. The student must be able to demonstrate that they have been accepted on to a course of study at an establishment recognised by the UK Visa & Immigration. If your application for study on the English Summer Programme is accepted, we will provide you with a letter stating this. Entry clearance is only required for visa nationals and those who have been refused entry at a UK port previously.
three to four weeks
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
English Summer Programme (four weeks): £1,750.00
English Summer Programme (three weeks): £1,310.00
Homestay: £185 per week (full board)
Halls: £145 per week (self-catering)
Location: Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester
Suitable for applicants from: EU and World
Fact: If travelling in a group of 12 or more, we will arrange for you to be collected from the airport and provide you with refreshments on your arrival.
The English Summer Programme for International Students is a three or four-week long programme, designed so that you will:
- Improve your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
- Learn about and immerse yourself in British culture, through classes, planned excursions and social events
- Live and study in a British Higher Education environment
- Meet other international students
You will benefit from the English Summer Programme through academic and professional experiences; we encourage you to work in a variety of ways, from personal research, to group presentations, to class debates.
The University boasts a full range of facilities that you will be able to make use of, including:
- A fully resourced library, with private study rooms – ideal for group work
- A learning café and other state of the art information technology learning areas, where you and other students can work in a more relaxed environment
- An on-site shop, for your essentials
- A self-access study room, where you can use a variety of English language teaching materials to assist with your learning
Excursions and Socials
There are several full-day excursions, which take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Previous excursions include: London, Oxford, Brighton, Southampton and the United Nations World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Lulworth Cove and the spa town of Bath. London has great cultural significance in Britain; the students enjoy visiting the historical monuments, walking around the city and shopping. Oxford is a very old town, and boasts original architecture that is hundreds of years old. There are many attractions, such as Oxford Castle, Christchurch – famous for being the dining hall in Harry Potter – and Oxford University, which has many famous past students. Brighton is one of the most famous beaches in Britain, but as well as the beach, there is the pier and the old style shopping
Lulworth Cove is a particularly beautiful part of the UK coastline. The cliffs show the evolution of the Jurassic coast, and it is one of the most painted places in Britain. Previous students have named Lulworth Cove as one of their favourite excursions because of its beauty. Bath and Stonehenge are also historically significant places in the English landscape; Bath’s history dates back to the Roman conquest of Britain and Stonehenge to the prehistoric period. Southampton’s connection to the RMS Titanic makes the Maritime Museum a worthwhile attraction.
In preparation for the excursions, you and the other students have an in-class discussion about the history, importance and significance of the location, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Student feedback is very important with regard to all aspects of the course, and we will encourage you to share your opinions about the excursions in class. As well as the scheduled day excursions, additional afternoon and evening activities are organised by the English Summer Programme team.
These include: taking you and the other students for a traditional English breakfast, barbeques, karaoke nights and quiz nights. Student preferences are also taken into consideration, and previous socials have included trips to the local sports centre, cinema, nearby towns and a musical in London. On the final Friday of the programme, there is a farewell party. The price of the excursions and socials are included in the course fee.