Monday, December 18, 2017
Student Life / Why Choose Portsmouth?

Why choose Portsmouth?

Portsmouth, the waterfront city, has miles of sea views and centuries of history.

Enjoy life on the water’s edge in a great city that offers students culture and experiences - from comedy nights and great music to historic ships and windsurfing or fun days on the beach.

Come and explore what Portsmouth has to offer. Our friendly school team will keep you informed about what's going on in and around this exciting cosmopolitan city by the sea - the UK's only island city! There are endless attractions for you to discover and explore including:

  • The Historic Dockyard- home to world famous ships such as  the HMS Victory, Warrior and the Mary Rose
  • Southsea Castle (built by King Henry VIII)
  • Gunwharf Quays waterfront shopping centre (restaurants, nightclubs, casino)
  • Spinnaker Tower (taller than the London Eye and Big Ben)
  • D-Day Museum (dedicated to the 1944 turning point in the Second World War).
  • Portsmouth City Museum
  • The Garrison church
  • Fratton Park- Home to Portsmouth Football Club
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
  • The School is in a great location just a few minutes' walk from the seafront and Southsea Common (voted the South East's favourite picnic spot). We are perfectly located for travel to other famous areas and neighbouring countries.
  • Just a 5 minute walk to the hovercraft across to the Isle of Wight (another PELS excursion).
  • 10 minutes from Britain's best-connected ferry port directly linked to Spain, France and the Channel Islands
  • Less than an hour away from Salisbury (to see Stonehenge), Bournemouth and the cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester
  • Just over an hour from the capital, London (home to two major airports)
  • An hour drive to Brighton
  • Under 2 hours from Oxford and Bath

Portsmouth English Language School

Testimonials

“I had very useful lessons. The teachers try to push you to the next level.I also enjoyed the activities organised by the school which helped me to improve my English language at the same time.” Khalaf, 18 y.o. from Kuwait, B2/C1

Khalaf, 18 y.o. from Kuwait

“I came to PELS because I won a scholarship and I wanted to improve my English. In class, we did games and a lot of very helpful activities. At PELS, there were people from around the world so it was easy to learn to communicate in English with everybody. The City of Portsmouth and the UK are so beautiful. I’ll...

Roberta, 22 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because I wanted to improve my English. It has improved thanks to my teachers. Now my vocabulary is better and I can speak with other classmates. I had a nice trip to London which I enjoyed very much. My life in the host family was good because I was independent and they were very kind and...

Samantha, 23 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because my brother had studied at the school before. I learnt a lot of grammar and vocabulary. My teacher was excellent and he helped me a lot. I like Portsmouth a lot and I think it is a good city to live and study in.” Rayan, 17 y.o from Saudi Arabia, A1+ “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered...

Rayan, 17 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“I came to PELS because I needed to improve my English in order to get a high score in the IELTS exam. I met lovely people from different countries who helped me to practise my speaking skills. I found the lessons very useful for the IELTS exam preparation. I learnt a lot about the exam structures and strategies to improve...

Cristina, 34 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS because I wanted to speak more in English. I joined afternoon activities and they were very good. I met some new friends from Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Oman. I think I can speak more fluently now. It is really great to study at PELS.” Clarice, 15 y.o from Hong Kong, B2 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by...

Clarice, 15 y.o. from Hong Kong

“I came to PELS with my all family and it was really enjoyable and useful. My husband and two sons also studied at PELS. My English has improved by attending an intensive course. I think that to learn English , you need to be immersed in English life.” Wanda, 45 y.o from Italy, C1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional...

Wanda, 45 y.o. from Italy

“Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever and I truly enjoyed the trips organised by the school. I would highly recommend PELS to everyone who wants to study English in the UK” Erme, 23 y.o from Turkey “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest...

Erme, 23 y.o. from Turkey

“My experience at PELS was positive and good value for money. I enjoyed my lessons a lot. Marc is a very professional teacher, he is apt to teach high classes such as advanced and proficiency with adult students. My expectation has been satisfied in terms of attending an excellent advanced general English course and having had the opportunity to meet...

Giovanni, 48 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I came to PELS because a friend told me she had been here to learn English. At the beginning I didn't speak English very well but thanks to PELS I really improved it and now I can speak it better. I loved Portsmouth and Southsea. Being an Aupair I stayed in host family in Southsea and I looked after two...

Andrea, 24 y.o. from Spain

“I came to PELS as a part of the Erasmus+ project. In the morning I had lessons with Marc and in the afternoon I worked as an intern helping the administration and marketing deparment. Lessons with Marc were always interesting and pleasant. He is an excellent teacher. He helped me to improve my English better. I had a really good...

Virginia, 18 y.o. from Italy