Monday, August 20, 2018
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

“Coming to PELS was a good experience to meet new people from all over the world and to improve my English. It also helped me to socialize more and discover other lifestyles. Yes, it was a great experience.” Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia, A2

Zaineb, 16 y.o. from Tunisia

“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

“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 first studied at PELS 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. My English has improved. The teachers were very supportive and now I can now speak in front of people. My host family was very- very- great.” Turki, 19 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the...

Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“I wanted to speak English and I thought that Portsmouth English Language School could help me to do it. As I expected, the school was great and staff were very helpful. We visited lots of places in Portsmouth city and I enjoyed a lot. I think that I will go back to PELS next year. Thank you for everything.” Kristina, 15 y.o from...

Kristina, 15 y.o. from Belarus

“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

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“My teacher Claire is really friendly and it is easy to talk with her. She enjoys talking about everything and she is very flexible with her lessons. I really enjoyed the subjects and the course in general” Noemie, 20 y.o. from France, C1

Noemie, 20 y.o. from France

“I enrolled at PELS for professional reasons because English is very important for my job. I needed to improve my communication skills. The lessons were very challenging. However, my English is much better now than when I first started.” Guiseppe, 54 y.o from Italy, B1   “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the greatest one ever...

Giuseppe, 54 y.o. from Italy

“Portsmouth is a very beautiful city. I came here with a group of Tunisian students and we stayed in a residential accommodation where I met lots of students from many countries. I talked a lot in English both in class and with my new friends. I loved the Saturday excursion to London.” Zohra, 17 y.o from Tunisia, B1

Zohra, 17 y.o. from Tunisia

“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