Guildford is a University town in Surrey, 50 km to the southwest of London and an hour by road and rail from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Find out how to get to Guildford.

The attractive, traditionally English High Street leads down to a bridge over the River Wey and to the bus and rail stations. The town centre has a multi-screen cinema, two theatres and a wide range of shops including a large, modern pedestrian shopping precinct. There is a first class, modern leisure centre nearby.

Our course is based at the Adult Learning Centre, a well known educational centre in the heart of Guildford.

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The majority of our welcoming hosts live within a twenty to thirty minute journey of the tuition centre. You may stay in a neighbouring town or village, such as Farncombe or Godalming, within easy reach of Guildford town centre by train or bus.

If you choose the EJO accommodation option you live as a member of the household during your stay. You will be accommodated in a single room on a half board basis (bed, breakfast and evening meal).

Living in an English home provides an ideal opportunity for practising the language. You may need a day or two to settle into your new environment, but this is likely to lead to a most beneficial and enjoyable experience. Most English people live in small houses with gardens rather than in flats. Towns may be larger in area and distances may be greater than you are accustomed to at home. You will probably therefore travel by public transport between your home and the teaching centre.

Our accommodation and welfare organiser is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need

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 Friday afternoons and on one evening, and full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Monday afternoons and Sundays are free.

View a sample course programme here.

Your course (25 x 45 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 English Skills 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!

You might go to the Spectrum Leisure Centre for ten-pin bowling. You will also have activities that help you to find out more about Guildford, such as a discovery trail or guided walking tour. Each week there is an evening activity, for example a cinema visit or a visit to a local pub.

You go on excursions to such interesting and well-known places as Brighton, Portsmouth, Oxford and Arundel. There is always an excursion to London which includes an attraction such as a The Tower of London, a Blue Badge guided tour or a river boat trip. Members of EJO staff accompany each activity and excursion.

  • 22 lessons of 45 minutes (16.5 hours) on 4 mornings and 2 afternoons, maximum 8 students per class
  • Loan of course materials
  • Personal file with course information and personal notes to take home
  • Full day excursions - one midweek and one on Saturdays
  • 1 afternoon and one evening activity per week
  • Accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) always available
  • Individual course report and certificate of attendance
At extra cost:
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board accommodation with an EJO Homestay host