Author: Alena Rostarova

Why joining an ISSOS summer school will offer the experience of a lifetime?

Can you imagine anything more exciting for a teenager than having the opportunity to join a summer school abroad?

Joining an international summer school is the best way to combine language learning with a whole host of new and exciting experiences including living in a new country, learning about other cultures, trying out a whole range of activities and best of all making friends from all over the world.

What do the best international summer schools offer?

The best summer schools understand that their students are also on holiday and need to enjoy a well-earned break from their traditional school environment. In addition to offering the highest quality academic programmes, schools should offer a whole range of leisure activities that will really engage and enthuse their students.

If young people are to take full advantage of being in another country, they should be given every possible opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture by going on excursions and visiting the best attractions, both locally and further afield. This will give them the confidence to communicate using their new language skills.

One of the things that most students say they are looking for from a summer school is to make new friends from all over the world. Young people develop and mature when they mix with different cultures. Access to a varied evening programme in addition to their daytime studies and activities allows students time to mix and mingle with their new friends in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.

ISSOS Summer Schools

ISSOS has been offering summer programmes with this great mix of ingredients since 2005 in three amazing locations, in the UK or USA – Cambridge, St Andrews and Yale. They are so successful at what they do that over half of their students return every year because they enjoy the courses so much.

One of the areas that really sets ISSOS apart is their varied activity offer which gives individual students the opportunity to select things they are really interested in from a wide choice of sports and great social activities in the evenings. Whether it’s joining in with a guest speakers’ debate, showcasing talent at a variety show or even embracing the local culture with a spot of Scottish country dancing, there really is something to suit all tastes. What not have a go at ultimate frisbee or urban orienteering?

ISSOS further encourages a teambuilding culture by inviting each student to join an ISSOS Clan and over the three weeks, students will compete in a variety of the evening programmes to gain points for their team. This is another great way to strengthen those new friendships as they develop.

Find out everything you need to know about ISSOS programmes in the UK or the USA.

Play your favourite sport and learn English with an English PLUS sport programme

Do you want to study English in Ireland? Do you love sports? Then why not combine your English course with your favourite sporting activity or even practise a new sport you’ve never tried before.

mackdonald language academy (mla) are one of the best independent language schools in Ireland and junior learners can join a Summer English PLUS Sport programme in 1 of 3 fantastic locations.

Learning English in Kilkenny is ideal for students wishing to live with an Irish host family. This will give the first-hand experience of the Irish way of life with the chance to maximise learning opportunities outside the classroom as you practise your new language with your host family.

Kilkenny is located in the sunny Southeast of Ireland with a great location, being only 60 minutes from Dublin. The city always offers its visitors the warmest of Irish welcomes making it the perfect choice for junior learners. There are impressive buildings and beautiful natural landscapes surrounding the whole area. The city of Kilkenny is also well known for its sport and leisure facilities including golf, hurling, soccer, tennis, bowling, pitch and putt, snooker & billiards and rugby. Here you really can experience all that Ireland has to offer!

The Summer English PLUS Sport programme really offers the most ideal combination, giving juniors the opportunity to improve their English & train and play sport, four times a week with the help of professional coaches.

English PLUS Sport is in addition to the regular course and can be booked when registering for a junior course.

Specialized Sport options include:

  • English plus soccer
  • English plus golf
  • English plus horse-riding
  • English plus tennis
  • English plus badminton 
  • English plus multi-sports options including ultimate frisbee, hurling, table tennis and more

There are just so many options to learn and practise your favourite sporting activity at the same time. Find out more about the fantastic English PLUS Sport opportunities available with mackdonald language academy (mla)

Learn English and practise your favourite hobby at the same time

If you are considering going abroad to learn English, wouldn’t it also be fantastic to get the opportunity to enjoy your favourite hobby in your spare time? This might be playing soccer or golf, dancing or horse riding. Whatever it is you might want to learn more about an English programme where you can also have these enrichment opportunities.

English+ Programme

This programme combines English classes with sports and other hobbies, tourism and culture. It offers the best possible opportunities to put the language you learn into practice, in more natural situations. You can relax as you use your new language, and this will give you the confidence to speak more fluently.

English with Sports

If you enjoy sports, you can choose a destination where you can play sports while studying English or learn a new sport that is native and popular in that country. In addition to the English course, there are several sports to choose from including basketball, soccer, golf, rugby, tennis and horse riding. While practising the particular sport you can also learn and use the vocabulary that is particularly related to it.

English with the Arts

If you enjoy dancing and acting, the performing arts English programme could be a great option for you.

Classes are taught in English, enabling you to practise and improve your communication skills, while doing something you love.

English with Tourism

If your goal is to truly live and learn all about the culture in your country of choice, then this is the program for you. With an intensive excursion programme, you will be able to visit some of the most famous places in your chosen destination and combine this with learning English.

English with Volunteering

This programme combines English classes with a volunteering experience such as park or beach maintenance. This allows students to contribute to the local community and will really help you to feel part of the place you have chosen to learn English in.

English with Adventure Activities

If you enjoy adventure activities, then this programme will enable you to try a whole variety of them in a modern well-equipped adventure centre. You can practise some you have tried before or choose completely new ones in a very safe environment. You can improve not only your English but also your leadership and teamworking skills.

Ardmore Language Schools have been offering the very best language programmes to international students for over 30 years across the UK and in the USA. Their specialist courses have been designed to combine language learning with the other interests you love. This will enable you to improve your skills in English by doing the things you really enjoy!

Junior English language programme: Learn the benefits of studying in the UK

Have you ever thought about sending your child to the UK to study English and all the benefits this will bring them?

The Junior Explorer Programme offers your child the best experiences and opportunities to study English in the UK. They will make memories that they will remember for a lifetime. 

Advantages of Studying English in the UK

The experience of studying abroad is a very positive one in so many ways, especially for children. The richness of this experience is unquestionable.

Studying abroad can provide challenges but these are all part of this rich experience. Spending some time away from home and their family can allow a child’s independence and confidence to develop. Everything the experience offers will give juniors a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The programme attracts children from all over the world and gives them a chance to experience new cultures, both of the host country and of the other students. This isn’t just a trip, it’s a global experience.

Studying English in the UK offers a perfect mix of cosmopolitan, modern city life and rich cultural history. Students learn British English, surrounded and immersed in British culture and all the learning experiences that provides.

The Junior Explorer Programme

The Junior Explorer Programme is for children ages 7 to 10.

During this 2-week programme, students learn through projects and by working in groups, making them practise the language and study something new with each project developed.

In the course, students will develop their English language skills including speaking, writing, listening and reading, as well as improving their pronunciation and learning new vocabulary.

But it is not only in the classroom that students have the opportunity to practise English. During the language programme, there are also activities available in the day and evenings, including a whole schedule of excursions to some of the UK’s most famous historical and cultural destinations including London, Oxford, Cambridge and Stratford-upon-Avon.

To find out more about this wonderful opportunity for young people to study English in one of the most interesting cities in the world, on a programme designed just for them check out everything at Bell English for young learners.

Learn English in Ireland and have a wonderful holiday

Have you thought about taking a holiday in Ireland and learning English at the same time? The Atlas Summer School Programme in Dublin is the perfect option if you want to learn English in Ireland.

During July and August, students aged 11 to 17 years can join a summer language programme which includes English, daily social activities and a great selection of excursions. This renowned homestay programme has been running since 2007 with the school located in a suburban part of Dublin, in the grounds of a private school.

Students stay in homestay accommodation which is a really popular option. Living with native speakers provides so many extra opportunities to practise English outside the classroom, in real-life everyday situations. Homestay also allows students to participate in the country’s customs and habits. All this additional language learning is such a bonus!

Atlas believe that the best language learning experiences happen in and outside the classroom. This is why they have designed a social and cultural programme which offers the chance to learn English and have fun during your holidays. Social events and excursions at the weekend add so much more to your summer study programme in Ireland.

Excursions and tours to try when you learn English in Ireland

The Dalkey to Killiney Scenic Walk

This walk from Dalkey to Killiney offers the most beautiful views of the Dublin mountains and the islands around the south coast of the city. From this beautiful backdrop, you can enjoy wonderful views across the whole of the city. Walking and enjoying the lush, green countryside will literally take your breath away and make you want to return to Dublin again and again.

A day in Kilkenny

Located in central Ireland, Kilkenny is approximately 1h 30 from Dublin. It’s a medieval city with so much history. The main attraction of the city is Kilkenny Castle, one of the most visited sites in Ireland.

Within the castle estate, there is an art gallery and outside two large gardens where the Irish love to gather together for a picnic. If you love history this really is the tour for you.

A Visit to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)

Visit one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe and feel the atmosphere in a place that is part of Irish History, dating back to 1796. Kilmainham Gaol was closed as a prison in 1924 and now hosts a museum and offers guided tours of the building. An art gallery on the top floor exhibits paintings, sculptures and jewellery made by prisoners from jails across Ireland.

Shopping and sightseeing on O’Connell Street

This is the city’s main walkway and offers an opportunity to enjoy all the sights and sounds and hustle and bustle of Dublin life. It’s usually busy with people shopping or off to one of the city’s many restaurants. O’Connell Street also houses one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Dublin, the General Post Office building, designed in 1818. This really is one of Dublin’s major attractions and a must for all tourists visiting Ireland’s capital.

Kayaking on the River Liffey

What could be better than paddling through the gentle waters of the river of Liffey (River of Life)? It flows through the heart of Dublin and offers a fantastic and unique way to take in some of Dublin’s most famous attractions.

No experience is needed, and this will give you a view of Dublin and an experience of sight-seeing like no other. If you want to enjoy the summer by visiting Dublin and join a unique summer school programme in Dublin, then check out the opportunities with Atlas Junior Dublin.

University Immersion programmes at Redwing Education

Redwing Education is a summer university immersion programme designed to give students aged 14 to 19 years the experience of learning English in an academic environment, within a highly prestigious university, either living in the United States or in the United Kingdom.

Students will have the opportunity to improve both the level of their English as well as experiencing academic life and progressing in several aspects of their learning.

Redwing Education is an exclusive programme of Ardmore Language Schools, a network of English language schools with more than 30 years of experience and accredited by the British Council, which guarantees the highest quality standards in English courses and teaching.

How does the University Immersion programme work?

There are 4 hours of lessons per day, organised as follows: 2 hours of General English and 2 hours of Uni-Life course with a maximum of 10 students per class.

The programme also offers preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, evaluating 4 language skills: conversation, text interpretation, writing and oral comprehension and accepted by most universities.

In addition to a quality education programme, a full schedule of excursions and tours are organised to provide social opportunities for students and teachers.

What is the Uni-Life course?

The Uni-Life course is unique and exclusive to Redwing Education.

The online learning platform includes IELTS preparation and practice exercises as well as undergraduate student support, giving a unique experience of university-style

The interesting thing about the platform is that the student is given access to it 1 month before the beginning of their course and 6 months after, ensuring the student has maximum learning opportunities and full benefits of the programme.

Studying in the UK gives you access to the University of Cambridge, the second oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Bath with its incredible variety of historical and cultural sites and Imperial College classified as one of the best universities in England, located in the central London, with easy access to the sights of the city. All universities accept students from 14 to 17 years of age.

Studying in the U.S allows you to attend Yale University, founded in 1701, situated 2 hours away from Boston and 90 minutes from Manhattan and one of the leading liberal arts universities in the United States and the world. The other option in the U.S is the University of California Berkeley, founded in 1866 and one of the top universities in the United States located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both universities accept students from 14 to 19 years of age.

The most Eco-friendly summer camps in the UK

The amount of single used plastic waste people produce every day is alarming, therefore we are proud to see Summer camps like Trinity UK trying to make a difference.

This summer, all students learning English at Trinity UK schools will be encouraged to bring refillable water bottles and each Trinity UK school will provide several places for them to fill up their reusable bottles with fresh water.

By reducing the use of plastics and other non-recyclable materials such as plastic cups, plastic bags, and cutlery used in their centres in the UK, Trinity UK schools are becoming one of the most eco-friendly summer camps in the country.

Find out more about this amazing initiative in our latest article published on LearnEnglishIn.

University immersion programmes in the UK – the best way to experience University life!

Are you 11- 17 years old and looking for an amazing summer camp experience this summer? You can spend 2 weeks in a truly inspiring environment, make friends from all around the world and most importantly do something for your future. Immerse Education offers summer university immersion programmes for teenagers in two amazing locations in the UK.

University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209 is considered one of the oldest and best universities in the world. The Immerse Education summer programme in Cambridge runs for 2 weeks and is designed for students aged 13 to 18.

You can choose from a great range of courses:

Architecture • Biology • Chemistry • Computer Science • Creative Writing • Digital Design • Enterprise • Economics • Engineering • English Literature • History • International Relations • Law • Management • Mathematics • Medicine • Philosophy • Physics

If you’re interested to study any of these subjects (not only at the University of Cambridge), later in your life, this university immersion programme is a great opportunity for you to find out what is it like.  

Royal Hospital School

This school is located in the small village of Holbrook, within a short walk of the banks of the River Stour and it offers amazing sports facilities.

Immerse Education offers several types of courses here:

English Immersion courses are designed for students (11-17 years of age) who need to work on their English skills.

Students who are already fluent or almost fluent in English can choose from the following courses: App Development • Computer Science & ML • Graphic and 3D Design • Photography and Editing • Video and Visual Effects • Web Development

All of these courses, as well as Immerse Education courses in Cambridge, are taught in small classes by highly-qualified tutors from world-leading universities. This makes your summer education abroad an unforgettable experience. It will also be a valuable addition to your CV  and a great advantage when applying to any university.

Social programme

In addition to these exciting lessons, the social program also offers various on-site leisure activities and excursions to famous places like London and Oxford, so you get to discover many attractions England has to offer.

If you want to experience the life of a university student in the UK, get in touch with Immerse Education for further info.

4 reasons to Study abroad in a small town

When you think of studying in England, big cities like London always come to mind first. But have you ever thought of escaping the chaos of large cities and choose to study in a small town instead?

Although not globally known and filled with tourists, small towns may surprise you in many  ways.

Newbury, which is approximately 100 km from London and is a great destination for you to experience studying abroad in a smaller town  where you will get to know the local area quickly and easily find what both the town and surrounding areas have to offer


The city is known for its historic centre with many 17th century buildings. What’s more, the town has  Highclere Castle, which was the setting for the famous British TV series Downton Abbey.

Check out a few reasons why making a trip to England and staying in a small town can be a great idea.

Lower cost of living

This is one of the main advantages of living in a small town. With fewer tourists and with less major tourist attractions, small towns offer a lower cost of living, such as housing and food, which can be great for international students.

Fewer tourists

Large tourist towns can be fairly hectic for new students. Smaller towns are easier to explore and to get to know.

Interaction with the local population and being able to practice new language schools can be easier in a smaller environment.

Calmer pace of life

In small towns, traffic and travel times are less of a concern. The distances are shorter and you will have more free time to do what you like, walk, have fun and meet friends. Small towns, make it easier to get to know when you first arrive and recognize points of interest for you.

Close to big cities

Normally, small towns will be close to one of the major cities,, as is the case of Newbury, which is close to London and  just a short train or bus trip.

You can enjoy the weekends or even after class to visit and tour the big cities and during the week spend time in the quiet town where your English language school is located.

Newbury Hall

Newbury Hall is a unique boarding school and university preparation centre, supporting students aged 13 to 17 to gain experience of the UK school system. With students able to study for almost any length of time, it enables students from all over the world to gain the vital skills necessary to flourish in further and higher education.

Learn English and Football with ATC and Real Madrid

That’s right. Now you can have the experience of learning English abroad and still practice football with the qualified coaches of the Real Madrid Foundation.

About the programme

This summer programme is aimed at boys and girls from 11 to 17 years old who want to develop tactical and technical football skills with qualified coaches of the foundation of Real Madrid, together with a programme of quality English and the experience of living abroad.

The programme is offered by ATC Language School in Ireland at the University of Maynooth for two weeks starting June 29, 2019.

The programme features 15 English lessons per week, one full-day trip per week, evening activities including karaoke and Irish nights, as well as the official Real Madrid diploma, training uniforms and official jersey of the Real Madrid Foundation.

About the Real Madrid Foundation

The Real Madrid Foundation is the way in which Real Madrid, one of the most successful football teams in the world, who develop programmes aimed at improving human and social character.

The goal is to bring values ​​to sports practice and help in the integral development of the personality of those who practice the sport.

The foundation develops programmes of activities around large areas such as: sports, educational and cultural activities, social welfare activities and international cooperation.

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