Frequently Asked Questions

Need to ask us something? No problem. Here are most of the answers.

How long can I come for?

The minimum booking is for one week at Easter and two weeks in the summer. However, we would encourage a 3 or 4 week stay to get the most out of your experience abroad.

What if I don't speak any English?

This is fine, from the moment you reach the airport until you go home, we will be on hand to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable, worthwhile stay and hopefully improve your English for you too.

You will find that your English improves quickly once you are with us, having the opportunity to practise your English every day.

Can I share a room with my friend?

In many cases this can be arranged when you book the course with us. Please put any requirements on your booking and we will do our best to meet your needs. Check with individual centres for exact configuration of beds in rooms.

What type of rooms do you offer?

At our residential centres we offer single, twin-bedded & larger rooms, all of them with adjacent bathrooms, showers and toilet facilities. At Oxford Brookes University, all rooms are en-suite. In addition, at Wycliffe College, we can also organise en-suite rooms for an extra fee.

Some students enjoy the privacy of a single room while others prefer the communal experience of sharing a dormitory with students of different nationalities. It depends on students' past experiences, their personalities and their parents' wishes.

Generally dormitory rooms are more appropriate for younger learners (8-12 years) and single, double and triple rooms for slightly older students (13+ years). BSC will endeavour wherever possible to allocate rooms according to students' preferences and we ask that specific accommodation requests be made at the time of booking to ensure that rooms are allocated effectively.

BSC cannot guarantee specific room requests, however. It is advisable to book early to ensure that the accommodation type matches your preferences as closely as possible.

If I am finding the English lessons too difficult, can I change my learning level?

Yes, you can. Your teacher will monitor your progress carefully and can move you to a different learning level at any time that is right for you.

If I choose the homestay option, how can I get to the school?

At Cheltenham Ladies' College, children are escorted to and from the College by their host families.

How much pocket money should I bring with me?

This is really up to you. However, we recommend no more than £100 per week as all drinks and meals are already included. It should be enough to pay for extras such as optional excursions or gifts.

Is there a place I can keep my valuables safe at the school?

Yes, there is a safe where the Centre Manager can keep your pocket money, passport, flight ticket and all other valuables for you during your stay.

Is there internet access at the school?

Yes, there is the opportunity to use the internet at the school, supervised by our staff.

What if I get hungry - is there a shop where I can buy food and drinks?

Yes, there is a shop where you can buy drinks and snacks every day should you wish. The shop also sells toothbrushes, phone cards, power socket adapters - just in case you forget to bring something!

What if I don't feel well?

We have good links with the local doctor and hospitals should you need to visit them. Students who have any medication should bring this with them in correctly labelled packaging which clearly states doses and times of administration.

The only types of medication the students should carry themselves are these:

  • Epipens for severe allergies
  • Insulin pens
  • 'Reliever' inhalers
What items should I bring with me?

When you go abroad, it's often difficult to know exactly how much to pack. It's definitely a good idea to include these items:

  • Casual clothes for everyday wear
  • Warm sweaters
  • Something to wear at a party
  • Waterproof walking shoes
  • A warm coat/jacket
  • (preferably waterproof)
  • Trainers
  • Toiletries