International House London summer programmes for children and teenagers


As always learning English is at the heart of everything we do, inside the classroom and out. Apart from teaching adults in London, we also run two spring & summer centres for young learners. We offer children and teenagers the opportunity to experience the UK-the people and places- and to express themselves through a variety of well-planned interactive activities, giving them lots of opportunities to practise their English in a safe and caring environment. 

Our Oxford courses (suitable for 12-17 year old students) are based in one of the country’s most prestigious boarding schools in the ancient university city, while our Ellesmere centre (open for 8-17 year olds) is situated in typical English Village surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Ellesmere College: Ellesmere College was opened in 1884 and today is one of the leading UK boarding schools, specialising in academic and sporting excellence with facilities to match. It is located on the border between England and Wales, in a beautiful village surrounded by stunning Welsh hills. Both Manchester and Liverpool are only 1 hour drive away. 

Facilities: Sports: Football pitches, golf courses, tennis courts, multi-sports playing fields, modern indoor sports hall, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Ellesmere has also got horse-riding facilities. 

Accommodation: We offer separate sleeping and bathroom facilities for boys and girls. Ellesmere college has got a variety of rooms available from single and twin to dormitory style rooms. Normally our students share rooms, and we try to mix nationalities in bedrooms to encourage students to practise English at all times. Any specific requests with regards to accommodation should be communicated to us in advance.

Excursions: In addition to the daily English lessons and activity programme, in a typical two-week stay, students enjoy two full-day excursions and three half-day excursions. For a three-week stay we offer four full-day and four halfday excursions, ensuring that there is plenty of chance to discover exciting places around the UK. 

Excursions from Ellesmere include Manchester (with an exciting tour of the Manchester United Stadium), Liverpool (including a visit to the Beatles museum), Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, etc. 

Our excursions take place during the week rather than on weekends. That way students can explore top UK attractions avoiding queues and crowds.

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Also see the regular International House London programmes

The Choice of Programmes 

Our courses run In July and August and last for a maximum of 5 weeks. 

We start our programmes on Wednesdays unlike many other schools for two reasons. Firstly, prices of flights tend to be much cheaper if flying in the middle of the week. Secondly, our programme is designed in a way when excursions take place during the week rather than at the weekends to ensure students can enjoy top UK attractions hassle-free and queue-free! 

There are three different programme options that we offer for student between 12 and 17 years old: English Plus, English Active and a Combination of Plus & Active. 

Young Learners English Explorer in London: is the experience of a lifetime for young learners who want to explore the great city of London and learn English at the same time! Students follow a daily programme of English lessons in the morning at the University of Westminster, followed by a range of fun activities and excursions to London’s best and well known attractions each afternoon. As a truly immersive London experience, this course is a great way to help 13-17 year olds find confidence with English, have fun and make new friends!

Course materials, board, secure accommodation and insurance is provided, and students are supervised 24 hrs a day. for only £ 995.00 per week

English Plus in Ellesmere: This programme is the most intense English language programme and is ideal for those students who are preparing to study in the UK full-time or are planning to go to a boarding school or university abroad and want to experience of studying and living away from home. 

What is included: 

  • 21 hours of English tuition per week plus Sports, arts and crafts activities in the afternoons and evening social activities such as Harry Potter quest night, cinema night, fashion show, etc. 
  • Full-day and half- day excursions to London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and many more 

2018 Cost: £ 825 a week

English Active in Oxford or Ellesmere: This hugely popular programme not only offers a high level of English language teaching but the chance for students to develop their skills in a wide range of activities, all coached by professionals in their field. Professionaly-coached activities include: Tennis Football Drama Photography; Art&Design Basketball Golf Dance; Horse Riding (Only in Ellesmere); Outdoor Adventures (Only in Ellesmere).

What is included: 

  • 15 hours of English tuition per week plus 1,5 hour s a day of Professionally-coached activities on non-excursion days and Afternoon General activities including art&crafts and sports 
  • Evening social activities such as Harry Potter quest night, cinema night, fashion show, etc. and a full-day and half- day excursions to London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and many more 

2018 Cost: £ 825 a week in Ellesmere and £ 995 in London. professionally coached activities including Football, Drama, Dance, Horse Riding (£ 125/week extra)

Combination of Active and Plus: Students can also choose to switch between two programmes on a weekly basis.