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Embassy Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth 

Our centre is located next to the seafront and is part of University of Portsmouth. Both the centre and accommodation are within a short walking distance of the city centre, the Historic Dockyard and the Clarence Pier. The centre consists of modern facilities, comfortable single en-suite rooms and large common areas. The programme offers lots of opportunity to explore the dynamic city of Portsmouth and all it has to offer.

Quick Facts

Location: University of Portsmouth

Dates available: 20 Jun–15 Aug

Ages: 11–19* (18 &19 yr olds accepted as part of a group with a leader)

Accommodation: Single room with en-suite

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978


  • All students stay in single en-suite rooms in Rees Hall
  • Room furniture includes wardrobe, desk and chair
  • Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned weekly
  • Common areas are cleaned every other day
  • Linen is changed weekly
  • Laundry available in the residence, free of charge
  • Meals are served in a canteen located in Rees Hall
  • A deposit of £30 required upon arrival, replacement of lost room key is £35
  • Wi-Fi throughout
Embassy Portsmouth Living Map

Food Options


Continental and cooked breakfast (depending on the day) including juice, coffee, toast, cereal and fruit.


Two courses, three options including vegetarian and halal.

Packed lunch (provided at weekends): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps and biscuits.

Evening Meal

Two courses, three options including vegetarian and halal.


There are several shops nearby for purchase of snacks, drinks and confectionery.


  • Large common areas within the accommodation building
  • Nice courtyard and plenty of outdoor space in front of the residence
  • Indoor sports facilities within short walking distance at the main University Campus area
  • Outdoor areas for games and activities

Meals are served in a canteen in Rees Hall.


  • Taught by friendly and professional English teachers
  • 20x45 minute lessons per week, morning or afternoon
  • Placement test on day 1 to ensure students in appropriate level
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Spacious standard classrooms
  • Modern classrooms are located a short walk from the accommodation
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Materials included as well as an end of course report and certificate

Programme Information


Students will be welcomed upon arrival at the Embassy office located in Rees Hall where they will register and get their room keys and can check in to their rooms.



On the first evening there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet staff and other students and get to know more about the campus, its facilities and useful information which will help them during their stay.



Activities are organised every evening all week and before or after lessons. These activities could be on-site or near to the centre.
These may include:

  • Sports such as football, mini Olympics, rounders, table tennis, volleyball and basketball
  • Daytime activities such as scavenger hunts and drama workshops
  • Evening activities such as karaoke, talent show,  team games show, and team games

Getting to and From School Activities

Our students walk, travel by local traffic or private coach for activities and excursions outside the centre.


Excursions and Trips


  • Our students get to explore exciting places such as Gunwharf Quays, The Isle of Wight and Arundel Castle, as well as local visits in the Portsmouth area


  • London: Visit this exciting capital city and take a walking tour of central London, and visit the National Gallery
  • Oxford: Explore this iconic university city and its famous colleges
  • Brighton: Enjoy this vibrant, popular seaside resort with beautiful architecture and visit the Palace Pier and the Sea Life Centre


  • Thorpe Park: enjoy extreme rides and attractions at this popular theme park
  • London: Madame Tussauds or Tower of London
  • Salisbury and Stonehenge: medieval cathedral city and iconic prehistoric stone circle



For each 14-night stay students will go on 8 local visits by foot, 2 half-days trips to local towns or attractions and two full-day excursions to London, Brighton or Oxford. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport. 
Student may have lessons either in the morning or afternoon in week 1, alternating weekly after that.This programme is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to amendments or alterations.

Jun21/Jul12/ Aug2Jun22/Jul13/ Aug3Jun23/Jul14/ Aug4Jun24/Jul15/ Aug5Jun25/Jul16/ Aug6Jun26/Jul17/ Aug7Jun27/Jul18/ Aug8
MorningArrivals/ Departures
Testing and Induction or Lessons

Full-day trip to London - Walking tour and National Gallery

Local Visit - Millenium Walk 

Local Visit to Historic Dockyard
Local visit to Southsea Castle 
Half-day trip to Beaulieu and Motor MuseumLocal Visit to Gunwharf Keys
EveningWelcome Games and Team BuildingWelcome DiscoMurder Mystery 

Mini Olympics / Lip Dub

Football TournamentMixed Sports / DanceFilm Night
Mixed sports / DanceMixed sports DancePokemon GOX-FactorKaraokeClarence Pier


Jun28/Jul19/ Aug9Jun29/Jul20/ Aug10Jun30/Jul21/ Aug11Jul1/Jul22/ Aug12Jul2/Jul23/ Aug13Jul3/Jul24/ Aug14Jul4/Jul25/ Aug15
or activities on-site
or optional trip to
Salisbury and
Local visit and Lord
Nelson Trail
Local visit to
Southsea Model
Village and Albert
Road Shops
Local visit to D-Day
Half-day trip to Isle
of Wight by
Local visit to
Portsmouth City
Museum and
Victoria Park
Full-day trip to
Brighton - Palace
Pier and Sea Life


Testing & Induction or Lessons

EveningWelcome Games and Team BuildingWelcome DiscoGames/Casino 

British Universities Q&A with Staff

Football TournamentMixed Sports / DanceFilm Night
Mixed sports / DanceArts and CraftsMake your own movieFashion ShowKaraokeClarence Pier


See sample programme


or activities on-site
or optional trip to
Thorpe Park
Testing & Induction or Lessons

Full Trip to Oxford and Museum

Local visit to South Parade Pier

Local visit to Spinnaker Tower
Local visit to
Portsmouth Natural History Museum 
Half-day trip to Arundel CastleLocal visit - walking tour and Commercial Road and Cascade Mall
EveningWelcome Games and Team BuildingWelcome DiscoGames/Casino 

Egg Drop

Football TournamentSuperhero DiscoFilm Night
Mixed sports / DanceKahoot QuizArts & Crafts/ DanceTalent ShowMixed SportsClarence Pier