• My experience here was unforgettable, so I would encourage other students to come! I learned more here about overcoming challenges and going outside of my comfort zone (for example, speaking English!!). The teachers here are very welcoming and accepting. They are very professional in what they do. They explain things well and understand our challenges when learning English. The directors are really good too. They are kind and very approachable. Read More
  • I had no idea what to expect about English people, but they were really kind and friendly. I’ve had a good experience with British people here. For example, when I went to the train station once I wasn’t sure how to buy a ticket and a man came over to help me without me even asking. Of course, the teachers, staff and classmates are also really kind, as well as my host family. Read More
  • My host family is very kind. They are all very welcoming. When I arrived they said “Make yourself at home!”. Whenever I come home they always ask me about my day and are interested in me. I can always ask them questions when I have them, including questions about the differences between my country and England. They’re also interested in my life back home in Germany. The food is very good! Read More
  • I prefer visiting the smaller towns than the bigger places. I liked London too though – the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the place where they recorded 'Britain's Got Talent'. I loved seeing all the Cathedrals. They are amazing. Visiting Oxford was also a really fascinating experience, because when I heard people talking about Oxford University I imagined it differently. It had a really interesting history too. Bath was also really interesting. I didn't know the Romans came to England to Read More
  • It was like being in a film here! I'd never seen the red post boxes before! I felt like I was in a Harry Potter film. Everything looks elegant here. I thought the weather would be the same as Quito, but it was much colder here! The way people behave here is very different. They are very polite. When we ask for directions in the streets, the people always smile and try to help. Not everyone is reserved, but in Read More
  • England was better than I expected. Before I came here, I was a little nervous, but I didn’t have to worry about anything. Christchurch was very beautiful and calm. It was a good environment to study English. It was also safer and English people were kinder than I expected. It made me want to stay longer. My host family was very kind. Read More
  • I would really like to recommend this school to people in my age-group and even older, because people my age often like to travel around and they can improve their English. It’s not an expensive holiday if you’re coming from Switzerland because you can get cheap flights, you can get here very fast. Everything is provided – the homestay and the food. Read More
  • It is better to learn a language in the country of origin, because you get more practice, so England is a good choice. I want to become a primary school teacher, so I needed to take the Cambridge Advanced Exam and Celc offered an exam preparation course for this.  It was a good course and you feel really prepared and confident for the exam. Read More
  • I've been in two host families. Before I came I thought it would be difficult, but the first day the family was so welcoming to me! I like staying with a host family whenever I go somewhere to study. It's useful for me for practising my English. My first host-mother was a really good cook – I enjoyed her food a lot! Read More
  • The main purpose of my time here in England was volunteering at a church, but I needed a certain score in IELTS to apply for an English University, so I came to Celc to improve my essay writing skills. This is my second time at the school. I knew some of the teachers already and how the school worked, so I decided come back again. Read More
  • about a year ago I decided that I want to study more at university and most of the materials are in English, so I knew I had to improve my English first. I have visited quite a few European countries and I expected it to be a bit like them, which it is. One difference is that people say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ a lot and they are very friendly. Read More
  • The culture here is very different – especially the rules (like on the roads)! Everything is in order – so different to Mozambique! Our English has improved in all ways because we speak everyday with Mama Jill. We learn everything in English. Don’t worry about feeling different if you’re from another culture. Everyone is friendly! Read More
  • It was a happy family and a good family, I like them. They took me to Bournemouth and we played bowling, which was good. The food was good and they bought Halal meat for me. I was very comfortable in my room, it was nice. I enjoyed all the trips, but my favourite is Durdle door. It is a beautiful place and it is the first time I went on a boat. It was great! Also, I enjoyed the lessons; Read More
  • My host mother wrote for me on pieces of paper every day any words that I didn't understand. She taught me lots of words. She helped me a lot; I love her. She cooked very well and always asked me what I wanted, she was very generous – she cooked rice just for me. Read More
  • Before I came here I heard that it was always raining and quite cold. But it's been okay! I thought English people might be a bit colder than they are, but my host family and teachers are very warm. Read More
  • I was pleased that English people seem to be very happy to have foreigners in their towns. England is a beautiful place and CELC was great. My friend came to CELC last year and told me CELC was great and I wasn’t disappointed. Read More
  • I came last year because a friend of my mother told me about it, and as I found it really good I decided to come back again. It's good to be in a school to practice my English, so that I can work on my grammar and vocabulary. It was good to meet new people there. I had to switch between French and English to explain some things to people, so it was good practice for me! Both years I've Read More
  • My experience was really really good. They care for me like I'm part of their family and they try to help me with everything, like my school work and my life here in general. They know that I really value good food, so they really try to give me what I like. I get on really well with the family and we do lots of stuff together, such as going to the beach and shopping. Read More
  • Celc is very good for improving your English. Also, I like that it is Christian because there are many groups, like Bible study, that you can go to. Also, this school has a lot of activities compared to other schools. Read More
  • I always talk with my host grandmother every Sunday and she talks to me a lot about British history. We've also had some parties together. They loved my Chinese song which I sang for them on their birthdays.... Getting to know lots of friends from different countries has been very memorable. I was happy to introduce my country's culture and food to them. My favourite memory was cooking Chinese food for friends at Chinese New Year. Read More
  • England is the best place to study because I wanted to be in a country where people speak English and England is the nearest to my own country ..... I really enjoy my host family, they were very cheerful and the children are very noisy! It is a very vibrant house and I will miss them when I leave. I think it is very helpful to speak with the children and to always hear English ..... you will have an unforgettable experience. Read More
  • I was introduced to CELC by a man called Adam (originally from Bournemouth), who is a teacher in my company back in China. He recommended this area and school for studying English. .... My host family is very nice. They treat me like part of the family, asking if I’ve slept well, etc. They give us a lot of attention, checking if we’re okay. If I came back here with a friend, I would introduce them to my host mother. .... If Read More
  • I think if you want to study English, you need to be in a country where it is the first language. You can study English in your country, but it’s not the same because at home you only use it in class, but in England you have to speak it all the time. .... Before I arrived here, I was scared because I never met the family and I didn’t know what they were like, but I have a beautiful host Read More
  • For my job I thought it would be useful. People around me, like my colleagues and boss, encouraged me to come. It’s also useful for travelling in the future. I wanted to come to England (rather than America, etc), because it’s the “real” English! Also the distance between Switzerland and England is short. .... I have really enjoyed my stay in England so far and especially in CELC. I had such a good time! It was like a dream for me. Read More
  • I had a choice between England and the USA, but I chose England because the culture, the people and the traditions are completely different to my country. I also wanted to learn English in the place where English was born and to learn the British accent – this would be amazing for me. I also have a sister in law and a cousin who came to England to study at CELC and they said it was great. .... For me, Durdle Door Read More
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Meet Fatma from Oman

So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I’m studying English to help prepare me for school English exams. I wanted to learn British English rather than American English! Also, I might study at University in England one day, so I wanted to see what life is like here in case I come to live here in the future.

Was England as you expected?
My brother had been here before and had told me a bit about it. Overall, it was better than I expected, but I was surprised by the weather! There are four seasons in one day! Also, I don’t like the food so much, but I found lots of restaurants from different Arabic countries, so it’s okay!
The people here are very polite. Everyone always says “please”, “thank you” and “sorry”.
Before I came I thought there would be a lot of racism, but I haven’t experienced that!

How was your experience of living with an English family?
I’ve been in two host families. Before I came I thought it would be difficult, but the first day the family was so welcoming to me! I like staying with a host family whenever I go somewhere to study. It’s useful for me for practising my English. My first host-mother was a really good cook – I enjoyed her food a lot!
My current host family has dogs. I used to be scared to touch dogs – I thought they would hurt me. But now I want to have a dog myself! My host family take me to different places, like Southampton. They invite me to things like birthday parties and meals, which I enjoy. It gives me lots of practice for my English.

What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
I really enjoyed going kayaking with the school on my birthday! I really had a lot of fun. Also, I visited the New Forest one day and I used to be scared of horses, but now I love them.

Is there anything you’d like to warn other students who are thinking of coming to England about?
They should prepare for the weather! Also, I wouldn’t take so many clothes with me, but buy some more here, because there are lots of good shops to buy clothes from here.
I’ve really faced my fears here! For example, now I’m not scared of animals or heights (I went on a zip wire one time in Bournemouth!). I feel more confident about my English now. Also, I’ve learned to be more independent being here. For example, I’ve learned how to budget. At first it was very difficult, but now I can do it! I’ve learned a lot here.