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

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978

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 the Clarence Pier.

Portsmouth has a lot to offer, with sights such as the Spinnaker Tower and Southsea Castle, and is also very close to other interesting cities such as Brighton. Students have a lot to explore!


  • 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.


Continental including juice, coffee, toast, cereal and fruit – hot breakfast on Fridays.


2 courses, 3 options including vegetarian.
Packed lunches (provided at weekends): water, fruit, sandwich, crisps and biscuits/cake.

Evening Meal

2 courses, 3 options including vegetarian and halal option.


  • Multi-purpose sports hall needs to be booked in advance (booked in advance)
  • Outdoor areas for games and activities, including Southsea Common.


  • Taught by friendly and professional English teachers
  • 20 x 45 minute lessons per week morning or afternoon
  • Placement test on day 1 to ensure students are in the correct class
  • Maximum 17 students per class
  • Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Spacious classrooms with projectors
  • Classrooms are located across the main university building
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Materials included, as well as an end of course report and a certificate



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

London: Visit London and see the magnificent Westminster and the world-known National Gallery

Brighton: Enjoy this vibrant popular seaside city with beautiful architecture and visit The Sea Life Centre and The Palace Pier

Oxford: Students can get to know the famous university city and visit one of its most famous colleges

Oxford, Bridge of Sighs

London & Madame Tussauds

Beaulieu Motor Museum

Thorpe Park: enjoy extreme rides and other attractions at this popular theme park.

3 Week Sample Programmes


Each 14-night stay will include a number of local visits and 2 full-day excursions to either London, Oxford, or Brighton. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport.
Students may have lessons either in the morning or in the afternoon in week 1, alternating weekly after that.

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 white 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:
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.



Practice Plus Surgical Centre St Marys Portsmouth



Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth



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


A safe will be available for the storage of passports, travel documents and 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,