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Classic Coastal Arrival and First Day


Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+44 (0) 7823411344


EC Young Learners Portsmouth
Harry Law Hall
University of Portsmouth
The Queens Mall


Airport Transfers

  • Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.
  • Students must arrive on Saturday and depart on Saturday between 08:00 - 20:00, otherwise an extra transfer fee will apply.
  • Information regarding arrival time, flight number, airline, name of airport and terminal number must be sent to EC Head office at least seven days before the students’ arrival. If this information does not reach us within the stipulated time EC will not be responsible for providing airport transfers to the student and will not offer any compensation to students who have not been collected because of this.

Student Arrivals

Students are met in the Arrivals Hall by an EC Young Learners representative holding a sign with the school logo (“EC Young Learners Portsmouth”). If students cannot find the EC representative at the airport, they should call the EC Young Learners emergency number. It is also vitally important that if students miss their connection to the UK, they call the emergency number to inform EC that they have been delayed.

Students are then taken directly to their residence. Please note that Saturday arrivals to Heathrow and Gatwick airport between 08:00 - 20:00 will be grouped in taxis, 
hence the average wait before departing from the airport is 1 hour.


EC staff

EC employs a number of Social Leaders specifically for the Young Learners Summer Programme. These benefit from a rigorous in-house training programme. Their role is to ensure that students have an enjoyable and safe stay and provide constant support to International Leaders.

First Day

On Sunday students must arrive at school by 09:45 am latest. All students must present their passport/ID on arrival at the school on their first day as proof of identity. The first day at school will be as follows: 
EC Portsmouth Classic Coastal- SUNDAY
07:30-08:30 Breakfast
09:45 Arrival at the learning centre
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk
10:15-11:45 Placement test
11:45-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-15:00 City Orientation
19:30-22:00 Welcome party
Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.
  •  08:45 - 09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night


Welcome Pack

Students will all be given a Welcome Pack containing a map with directions, the programme timetable and important information such as the time they need to be at school on their first day.

Welcome Talk

Students will be given a welcome talk by the Academic Department where timetables, lessons and academic information are explained. The Programme Manager will then go through and explain the leisure programmes and activities. 

Placement Test

 When students arrive at school they sit for a placement test which assesses their grammar & vocabulary. Speaking and listening skills are also assessed. The test takes about 1.5 hours to complete and its purpose is to help the school place students in the appropriate class at the right level. This will allow the students to make the most of their time and help the teachers plan the lessons according to the students’ linguistic needs.