EC Partners

Embassy Southsea

University of Portsmouth

Quick facts

Location: University of Portsmouth

Dates available: 30 Jun– 18 Aug

Ages: 12–18 (18 year olds accepted as part of a group with a leader)

Accommodation: Single room with en-suite / single standard

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978

Portsmouth is the Great Waterfront City, packed with world-class attractions such as the Spinnaker Tower and Southsea Castle. It is also very close to other interesting cities such as Southampton and Brighton.

Our centre is located next to the seafront in a building which is part of the University of Portsmouth. Both the centre and accommodation are within a short walk of the city centre, the Historic Dockyard and Clarence Pier. Students have a lot to explore!


  • Single en-suite and single standard rooms available with shared bathroom ratio of around 1:3 students.
  • Room furniture includes a wardrobe, desk and chair.
  • Rooms and bathrooms cleaned weekly, common rooms every other day.
  • Laundry available in the residence for a small fee.
  • Meals are served in a large dining hall with a packed lunch at the weekends.
  • Wi-Fi throughout accommodation.
  • 15 minutes walking distance to classes.

Dining & Facilities

Meals are served in a large and modern self-service dining hall in the main building.


Breakfast includes tea/coffee/squash, toast, jam, spreads, cereal and fruit.


A minimum of 2 options available, including a vegetarian option.
Packed lunches (provided at weekends): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps and biscuits/cake.

Evening Meal

A minimum of 2 options available, including a vegetarian option.


  • Multi-purpose sports hall reads as repetition.
  • Outdoor areas for games and activities, including Southsea Common.


Bespoke lesson materials, the Embassy lesson is designed to engage students in discussion, to develop the key life skills of collaboration and intercultural communication, and to provide extensive opportunities to practice and build on current language.

Lessons taught by teachers trained to deliver the Embassy Lessons

17 students per class and classes suitable for students of all levels.

15 hours a week

20 x 45 mins in UK, US and Canada

15 x 60 mins in Malta

All learning resources provided are age appropriate and all students receive an end of course certificate of attendance.



Students will be welcomed upon arrival at 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 in between lessons and during evenings. 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, and team games
Excursions and Trips
Half-day Trips

Historic Dockyard: Part of HM Naval Base Portsmouth, it contains several historic buildings and ships such as:
– HMS Victory, the flagship of Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
– HMS Warrior, the world’s first armour-plated, iron-hulled ship.
– HM Coastal Boat 4, a First World War torpedo boat. 

Arundel Castle: A restored and remodelled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established during the reign of Edward the Confessor and completed by Roger de Montgomery.

King’s College Chapel and the Back Lawn, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
Full-day Excursions

London: Visit this exciting capital city and take a walking tour of central London, visit one of the many museums on offer.

Brighton: A vibrant, popular seaside resort with beautiful architecture, home to the Sea Life Centre.

Oxford: Home to the world’s oldest university, where we’ll visit a famous college.

Oxford, Bridge of Sighs

Madame Tussauds: Experience one of
London’s best loved aractions! Star in immersive experiences and get up close and personal with more than 150 lifelike figures of your favourite celebrities.

Fort Nelson: Explore this restored Victorian fortress located in nearby Portsmouth, view an incredible range of artillery and venture through its network of tunnels.

Thorpe Park: Home to thrilling rides, aractions & live events, Thorpe Park Resort is the ultimate destination for
thrill seekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.

3 Week Sample Programmes

Each 21-night stay will include a number of local visits and 3 full-day excursions to either London, Oxford, or Brighton. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport.

The programme is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to amendments or alterations.

Week 1 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Onsite sports and

Optional trip:
Isle of Wight by hovercraft
Testing/Induction Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day trip:
London with Westminster walking tour and visit to a museum
Afternoon Local visit and
Millenium Walk
Half-day trip:
Southsea Castle
On-site sports and activities Half-day trip:
Portsmouth Historic Dockyards
Walk to Clarence Pier and beach games
Evening Welcome team games

Walk to the beach
Karaoke Murder mystery

Walk to the beach
Egg Drop Football tournament

Kwik cricket
Disco Film night
Week 2 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Local activities

Optional trip:
Thorpe Park
Local visit and Lord Nelson Trail Half-day trip:
Southsea Model Village
On-site sports and activities Half-day visit:
Spinnaker Tower
Paper airplane competition Full-day trip:
Brighton with walking tour and visit to the Sea Life Centre
Afternoon Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
Evening Origami Making Workshop

Mindful Colouring
Karaoke Walk to the Canoe Lake and Southsea Beach Spagetti and marshmallow tower building competition Trashion show Disco Walk to the beach
Week 3 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

On-site Activities

Optional trip:
Fort Nelson
Testing/Induction Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day trip:
Oxford with walking tour and college visit
Afternoon Local visit and South Parade Pier Half-day trip:
Arundel Castle
On-site sports and activities Half-day trip:
Port Solent Marina
Shopping at Gunwharf Quays
Evening Create your own Mask Karaoke Quiz night Build your own Kite Volleyball

Ultimate frisbee
Disco Games Night (cards, Charades, board games, Taboo, Pictionary)

Student Welfare

We place the highest priority on care and supervision at all of our Embassy Summer centres so you can rest assured students are well looked after. Members of staff are available 24 hours a day.

Student Services

Our student support staff can help you with:

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Information about local services
  • Assistance with individual and personal problems
  • Emergency contact

Medical information

If a student needs medical attention an Embassy staff member will help make an appointment. Group Leaders must accompany the student to an appointment. An Embassy staff member will accompany any student that is not part of a group.


The University Surgery,
Nueld Centre, St Michael’s Road,
Portsmouth. PO1 2BH


Queen Alexandra
Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6


If a student does not have insurance to cover their time abroad, insurance is available to purchase through Embassy Summer.

Please note that the centre is mostly cashless. Cash is only required for optional activities and room deposits.

In case of emergency

A 24 hour emergency telephone number is available all summer:

+44 7771 845978


University of Portsmouth,
Rees Hall,
Southsea Terrace,