Mini Stays

The school trip of a lifetime


11 - 19

Our Mini Stay Programme is aimed at school children between 11-17 years old travelling in groups of up to 100 students. The programme is 100% tailor-made and it offers the perfect opportunity for school groups to experience British Culture, visit new places and improve their English with our academic programme.

Course Dates and Availability

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Our Mini Stay Programme is open from October to May and groups can usually arrive any day of the week. Most of our groups stay with us from 5 to 14 days.


Our Mini Stay Programme includes:

London Taxi

Transfer Service

from Heathrow and Gatwick airports

We pick up our students from the airport and take them straight to their homestay or residence.


English Course

20 lessons per week

Students attend four lessons a day from Monday to Friday. Lessons take place in the morning until lunchtime.

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Course Materials

Books and Photocopiables

All academic materials are included in the programme. However, students are expected to bring their own stationery.



Host Family or Residential

Students can choose to stay in one of our premium homestays or mordern residences.

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24/7 Student Support

Emergency Phone and Safeguarding

An exclusive line is available to all students - 24 hours as day, 7 days a week.

Fish and Chips

Full Board

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Students are offered breakfast, lunch and dinner during their stays. Packed lunches will be provided for school trips.


International Diploma

Attendance and Achievement Certificate

Students will have a certificate of achievement and attendance on the last day of the course.

Build your Mini Stay Programme

Schools can customise their own Mini Stay Programmes by choosing from the following:

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Weekend in London

an overnight trip to the UK capital

Students can choose to spend a weekend in London for some incredible shopping and sightseeing.


Social Activities

Sports, Culture and a lot of fun

Students can add a wide range of afternoon and evening activities to their Mini Stay Programme. 


Activity Leader Support

whenever you need any help or advice

Our local activity leaders are available to help students with anything they need - they know all the best places in town.



Full-day and half-day trips

Students can take part join in different trips and visit popular places such as London and Oxford.

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Travel Cards

for local transport

Students can purchase a bus/train card on their first day in school so they can travel around town at no extra cost.

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Travel Insurance

for some extra peace of mind

Students can opt to take out their travel insurance with the Language Training Company.

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International Exams

Trinity College or Cambridge University

Students have the option to take an international exam: GESE by Trinity or Linguaskill by Cambridge University.

About Bournemouth

Bournemouth is located on the southern coast of England and enjoys a mild climate. With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, only a short walk from the school, this vibrant cosmopolitan town has it all. Bournemouth is famous for its entertainment venues, educational and sports facilities, and its restful atmosphere. Founded in 1800, the town has grown into a resort which is characterised by its wide, tree-lined avenues and pedestrian areas. Victorian architecture is complemented by beautiful gardens, modern stores, cafes, and eateries. Visitors are sure to enjoy loads of memorable experiences.

About the school

Our English lessons take place in United World School of English and Bournemouth & Poole College, just a 10-minute walk away from the town Centre and the sandy beach. Our language courses are attended by students from all over the world and have been designed specifically for young people who are visiting a foreign country for a short period. Maximum class size is 16. All teachers are qualified in teaching English as a foreign language by University of Cambridge and the school is accredited by the British Council. Teaching materials are provided and have been carefully designed and compiled for originality, content and relevance to young learners.

Location and Facilities

  • Open City Campus

  • Central Location

  • 10 minutes' walk from the beach or town centre with its high street full of shops, restaurants, cafes, banks and mini markets

  • Bus stop (local services) just outside the building

  • Modern and spacious classrooms with WiFi access

  • Sports facilities close by - gyms, football pitches, tennis courts, etc.

The Course

Our English language courses have a workload of 15 hours per week over 20 lessons of 45 minutes each. All our courses include language skills development, project work and a hands on approach which aims at preparing students for educational trips and outings. We also encourage our learners to put the new language they learned into practice by engaging in creative tasks and facing real life situations with confidence. 


During our English language courses students will attend 4 45-minute lessons everyday (20 lessons per week). The duration of each lesson allows students to keep focused and motivated as they switch from new language input to practice and production. Lessons are planned so that students have the opportunity to interact with students from other countries and help each other improve their English. All our teachers hold a certificate or diploma from University of Cambridge, which guarantees ​the quality of our academic programme. The use of music, arts and technology play a great role in our summer curriculum as our academic team believes that student engagement is only possible through lessons that are relevant to their lives and interests. As an accredited centre by the British Council and member of English UK, all our courses have a maximum of 16 students per class from different cultural backgrounds. 

Students will do a level test and have a quick chat with our academic team before they are placed in a group of students of the same age and level.


Our levels follow the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and are organised as follows:









Upper Intermediate





All students can choose between homestay and residential accommodation.

Homestay Accommodation

Staying with a family is probably the best way to practise your English and learn more about the British way of life. Bournemouth is a city of many cultures and this is reflected in the homestays we use. Families are carefully selected for their friendliness, cleanliness and access to and from the school. Host family homes are regularly inspected and most of our families are located within 20-45 minutes away from school by public transport. The family will provide all the necessary assistance. Services included:

  • Single/shared room for students of the same sex

  • Shared bathroom

  • Full board (breakfast, pack lunch and dinner)

  • Laundry, sheets and towels provided by the family


Groups can opt to stay in residential accommodation if they prefer. Our residencies offer the following:

  • Lockable single rooms, en-suite (toilet, sink and shower);

  • Bed, desk and wardrobe with a shelf and hanging rail;

  • Room size: approx. 14.2sq m;

  • Laundry services available;

  • WIFI available;

  • Bedding and towels provided;

  • Full board (breakfast, hot lunch and dinner);

  • Adaptor plugs are not provided, but needed;

  • 1 leader per apartment to look after the welfare and security.

Activities (optional)

Students attending our summer camp will enjoy a fun and diverse programme of activities which take place in the afternoon, evening and weekend.

Typical Activities

  • Visits to museums, castles and cathedrals;

  • Shopping, movies, karaoke, international sports;

  • At night: international parties, barbecues, etc.;

  • Kayaking, sailing body board, surfing, etc.;

  • Bowling, cooking workshops, Pantomime Theatre;

  • Cinema, Laser Quest, Mini golf and Light Disco.

Excursions (optional)

All students from our summer camp have the opportunity to visit some of the most amazing places in the UK.