Bristol, a large vibrant city with two universities, is on the estuary of the River Avon. It is some 190 km to the west of London and directly accessed from the London to Bristol M4 motorway. Flights to and from Bristol International Airport connect directly with many major cities. Find out how to get to Bristol.

The city is full of character, contemporary yet with a rich history and cultural heritage, including many centuries as a major port for sea trade. The traditional parts of the city contrast with the impressive Harbourside millennium development. The new Broadmead Shopping Centre, opened in 2009, offers visitors a choice from three hundred shops, bars and cafes.

The course takes place at the City of Bristol College and at Bristol Grammar School. The City of Bristol College is a modern well-equipped educational establishment offering courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Bristol Grammar School has a long tradition going back to the sixteenth century. In 1532, Henry VIII issued a charter to enable it to move to larger premises. Students are often able to receive their end-of-course certificates in the historic Great Hall.

Both the City of Bristol College and the Grammar School are within easy reach of the City Centre.

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Medyankin Anton, Russian Student, 27th July 2013 Medyankin Anton, Russian Student

We have been arranging programme in Bristol for more than thirty years. Our hosts live in residential areas around the city. They enjoy receiving our students into their homes and some have been doing so for a long time.

You live as a member of the household during your stay and there is no other student with the same first language as you staying in the home (unless you particularly ask that you stay in the same home as one of your friends). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.

Our accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need. Find out more about a homestay.

You are busily occupied on the course programme on six full days (Mondays to Saturdays) each week and on one evening.

You usually have English lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There are leisure activities on Monday and Friday afternoons and on one evening, and full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except for the Saturday at the end of your course.

You spend Sunday with your hosts. View a sample course programme here.

Your course (twenty forty-five-minute lessons each week) encourages you to make the most of your stay in England by concentrating on spoken English and it gives you maximum opportunity to practise both inside and outside the classroom. There are more formal lessons on grammar and vocabulary and less formal learning activities including Active English Practice sessions in the afternoons.  

You learn through working in pairs and groups, acting out relevant real life situations, and through assignments or projects inside the teaching room or outside.

There is an excursion preparation lesson on the day before each full-day excursion and a follow-up lesson on the day after.

You will want to improve your English as much as you can so that you will be able to talk in a more relaxed and easy manner with your teachers, your hosts and your new friends on the course! The common language will, of course, be English! You’ll need your English, too, when you are out on excursions and when you are doing your shopping!

Your programme may include following the Bristol trail or going aboard SS Great Britain, the eighteenth century steamship designed by Brunel. You may visit ‘At Bristol’, a hands-on science centre near the harbour, or the new Bristol museum, Mshed.

For those with a particular interest in sporting activities, there may be badminton, volleyball, basketball, or football.

Each week there is an evening activity, usually a disco at the Grammar School.

You go on excursions to such interesting and world-famous places as Bath, Cardiff and Windsor. There is always an excursion to London which includes an attraction such as a guided tour, the London Eye or a river boat trip.

Members of EJO staff accompany each activity and excursion.

  • Full-board homestay accommodation (packed lunches on programme days Monday to Saturday)
  • No other guest with the same first language staying in the home at the same time (unless you have particularly asked otherwise). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.
  • 20 lessons of 45 minutes (15 hours) on 4 mornings and 2 afternoons per week; maximum 16 students per class
  • Loan of course materials
  • Personal file with course information and personal notes to take home
  • Full-day staff-accompanied and supervised excursions: one mid-week and one on Saturday (except departure Saturday)
  • 2 staff-accompanied and supervised afternoon activities per week
  • Accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) always available
  • Individual course report and certificate of attendance
At extra cost:
  • Airport transfers / Local transport