Scarborough International School is well known for the warm, supportive atmosphere it provides for its students - and the school is a great place to come if you want to combine your studies with a memorable holiday. Many students choose to enrol with us thanks to word of mouth recommendations.
Read what our students say about us:
Ibrahim Al Shammari, Saudi Arabia
I've been to Scarborough International School twice now, first taking a Teen Vacation course and then, two years later, an Intensive General English for 6 months. The staff are amazing and lovely people, the teachers are professional; if the school wasn't amazing I wouldn't have gone there twice and you know what, I would go there a the third time, but the next time with my brothers. About Scarborough, it's a very nice and safe place to visit and live, you could have a nice time on the lovely beach. My host family was such a great family I felt like I was living with my real family. I really like my memories there, I wouldn't forget anything.
I highly recommend the International School of English (SIS) and Scarborough as the places to learn or improve your English!
I lived and worked in Scarborough for 8 months, and I spent my first and last month in SIS. That was very useful to my daily life, because there I could make lots of good friends. Some of them were British and others were Japanese, Italian, Russian, and many different other nationalities.
My experience in the School was wonderful and very enjoyable, although at the same time I could improve my English. As well, to be in the school gave me the opportunity to pass successfully my IELTS exam. So, thank you very much to all my native teachers, mainly to Alison Drew!
All teachers, the director and the administration team are always taking care of you, so you are comfortable in your accommodation or in class. So, if you are thinking to go there by yourself: just do it, it´s the perfect place.
Scarborough is a picturesque town next to the sea, with two big bays where you can go for a walk or a swim if you are brave, because the water is quite cold. If you like running or cycling that´s the place in Britain that you are looking for, because you have lots of different paths to explore.
Recomiendo encarecidamente la International School of English (SIS) y Scarborough como los lugares perfectos para aprender o mejorar tu Inglés!
Yo viví en Scarborough durante 8 meses, y pasé mi primer y último mes en SIS. Eso fue muy útil a mi vida diaria, porque hice un montón de buenos amigos, algunos de ellos eran británicos y otros eran japonés, italiano, ruso, y de muchos más países.
Mi experiencia en SIS fue maravillosa y muy divertida, aunque al mismo tiempo pude mejorar mi inglés. También estar en SIS me dio la oportunidad de aprobar con éxito mi examen de IELTS. Así que, muchas gracias a todos mis profesores nativos, principalmente a Alison Drew!
Todos los maestros, el equipo directivo y el de administración siempre cuidan de ti para que estés cómodo en su alojamiento o en clase. Así que, si estás pensando en ir allí por tú solo: hazlo, es el lugar perfecto.
Scarborough es un pintoresco pueblo junto al mar, con dos grandes bahías donde puedes salir a caminar o nadar si eres valiente, porque el agua suele estar bastante fría. Si te gusta correr o la bicicleta ese es el lugar en Gran Bretaña que tú estás buscando, porque hay un montón de diferentes caminos para explorar.
I lived my first experience abroad two years ago in Scarborough and, if I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because I was alone, I had to get used to my host family′s routine and I didn′t know the town I would stay in for two weeks, the students I met at school, my new teachers and all the staff managed to make me feel at home. To be honest, you can enjoy a Teen Vacation with your friends even within the borders of your own country, but at Scarborough International School I found a special atmosphere: students coming from all over the world have the opportunity to tell each other about their culture, habits and plans for the future, as if they knew each other very well. In fact I believe this intercultural exchange is the true novelty which I was impressed with. In addition, Scarborough is a nice town with some relaxing leafy areas, the places I visited on my school excursions in Yorkshire were dramatic and interesting, while the afternoon and evening activities proposed were really enjoyable. To sum up, I was absolutely satisfied with my SIS experience so that I decided to have another Teen Vacation there this year.
Ho vissuto la mia prima esperienza all′estero due anni fa a Scarborough e, se all′inizio ero alquanto riluttante perché ero da solo, dovevo adattarmi alla routine della mia host family e non conoscevo la città dove avrei trascorso due settimane, i ragazzi che ho incontrato a scuola, i miei nuovi insegnanti e tutto lo staff è riuscito a farmi sentire a mio agio. A dir la verità, si può vivere una vacanza-studio con i propri amici anche entro i confini del proprio Paese, ma alla Scarborough International School ho trovato un’atmosfera speciale: studenti provenienti da tutto il mondo hanno la possibilità di parlare della propria cultura, abitudini e progetti per il futuro, come se si conoscessero perfettamente. Certo credo che questo scambio interculturale sia la vera novità che mi ha colpito. Inoltre, Scarborough è una città carina con alcune aree verdeggianti, i luoghi che ho visitato nei viaggi d’istruzione nello Yorkshire erano suggestivi ed interessanti, mentre le attività pomeridiane e serali proposte erano davvero divertenti. In conclusione, ero assolutamente soddisfatto della mia esperienza alla Sis al punto che ho deciso di trascorrere un’altra vacanza-studio lì la scorsa estate.
3 years ago I spent a few weeks in Scarborough, England, on an exchange programme for German students. I liked the town and the people there a lot so I decided to come back there last summer, this time for 3 whole months. I was a bit nervous at first, I'd never been away from home for so long and I didn't really know anybody in Scarborough (except for my host family who I'd also stayed with last time). But everyone at the International School was really welcoming and so I fit in pretty quickly. I also made a lot of new friends some of whom I'm still in contact with today. It's really exciting to know that I've got friends all over the world now and that I can visit them pretty much whenever I feel like it!
Scarborough International School is a good chance for people to improve their English. I’ve been to Scarborough International School twice. My first time I was here in summer for two weeks. I really enjoyed it. Two years later I stayed two weeks in autumn.
I come from Switzerland and didn’t have very good grades in English. Only two weeks in Scarborough helped me a lot and made me write better exams. You have lessons in the morning, in the afternoon you sometimes have activities with the other kids at school and you get to know them better and if you don’t know what to do in the evening, don’t worry. There are evening activities too. For example, bowling or a disco. Every week there is one excursion and the teachers show you the city. Whitby and York are the places where my excursions took place. Whitby is a bit smaller than Scarborough but there is a lot to do. In York we were in a Viking museum and went shopping.
Circa un anno fa stavamo per prenotare una vacanza un po’ insolita, ovvero un soggiorno studio di una settimana per papà e figlia di sette anni a Scarborough. La mamma invece avrebbe fatto una settimana di vacanza a tutti gli effetti. Un anno dopo ci apprestiamo a ripetere il tutto perché è stata un’esperienza molto positiva e divertente. La struttura della scuola ci ha offerto da subito una serie di garanzie: la sistemazione presso una famiglia con una bambina, un programma di studio bilanciato e adatto alle esigenze sia del papà, che della bambina.
L’accoglienza il primo giorno di scuola da parte del preside e dei docenti è stata impeccabile, ci siamo subito sentiti a nostro agio, soprattutto la bimba, a contatto con una realtà totalmente nuova. Scarborough poi è un posto davvero carino, località di mare, pioggia permettendo è un luogo ideale per lunghe passeggiate sulla spiaggia e nei giardini. I dintorni offrono varie attività da fare, il fascino della campagna inglese, e città d’arte come York. La nostra esperienza con la famiglia è stata un momento di confronto culturale importante, è stato bello convivere secondo diverse abitudini e con ritmi e orari diversi rispetto ai nostri.
Ci sentiamo non solo di ripeterla, ma anche da consigliare questo soggiorno ad altri.
About a year ago we were on the verge of booking a holiday which was going to be a little out of the ordinary; a week’s study holiday in Scarborough for Dad with seven-year-old daughter. Mum meanwhile would be having a week’s holiday in the true sense of the word. A year on and we are getting ready to repeat the positive and enjoyable experience this adventure turned out to be. The organisation of the school immediately gave us a series of guarantees: our homestay accommodation was arranged with a family who had a young daughter, the study programme was balanced and well-adapted to the needs of both father and daughter.
The welcome on the first day of school by the Director and the teachers was impeccable, allowing us, and especially our little girl, to feel immediately at ease, while we were emerged in a completely new reality. Scarborough is a really nice place, a seaside town, and, weather permitting, it is an ideal place for long walks on the beach and in its parks. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities; the charm of the English countryside, historic cities like York. The experience with our host family was an important moment of cultural comparison, it was good to live following a different routine and with rhythms and and times different to our own.
We don’t only feel like repeating this experience, but also recommending it to others.
“Ben alti aydir burada yasiyorum. Scarborough'ya son geldigimde yaz ve kis aylarini gordum. dersleri cok eglenceli ve odullendirici buldum. Ben,bir cok ingilizce sozcuk ve ifade ogrendim. Kis'in ogretmenlerimden cok ilgi gordum ve yaz'in ise burasi cok canliydi ve bir cok arkadas edindim.”
“Burada cok iyi ve cok eglenceli zaman gecirdim. burayi size tavsiye ederim ve ben kesin tekrar gelecegim.”
“I have been here for 6 months now but have experienced summer and winter in Scarborough when I last came. I found the lessons very enjoyable and rewarding. I've learnt a lot of new English words and expressions. In the winter I had a lot of attention from the teachers, and in the summer it was very lively and I made many new friends.”
“I had a great time and it was so much fun. I recommend it to you and I will definitely come again!”
“First, I’ve really enjoyed this trip. I think it’s a very good experience because I’ve met a lot of people from different countries in the world which are now my friends. I have progressed in English thanks to my superb teachers. Also I’m very happy because activities suggested by the school are fantastic – I discovered several cities like York and Leeds…this trip is just unforgettable.”
“Thank you for all, thank you Scarborough International School!”
“On my time in school I’ve learnt a lot of things and I’ve made a lot of friends too. On Thursdays we went to visit a lot of places like Leeds, Hull and York. The activities were great too. We went on the sea in a speedboat and to the castle. ”
“The teachers are cool too like Jay, Jane and Louise. They teach us a lot like grammar, vocabulary and my host family are very good with me, they take good care of us. The food is good too.”
“The most beautiful thing in Scarborough is the seaside. Thank you Scarborough International School. ”
Raheef, Saudi Arabia
الساحل الشمالي : منطقة هادئة يمكنك الاسترخاء فيها.
الساحل الجنوبي: منطقة صاخبة لجميع الانشطة .
المدرسون ودودون ومتعاونون مع الطلاب يعتبرونهم كأصدقاء في أي وقت داخل وخارج الفصل
. تعلمت الكثير من (اليسون , جون , جاي وأن) .
أماكن الإقامة كانت جدا منظمة , كانت عائلتي المضيفة رائعة حقاً , اعتبروني فرداً من الإسرة .
موظفات المكتب خدومات للغاية ؛ نظمن رحلات رائعة .
الفصل كان متنوع الجنسيات مما عكس نقاط إيجابية في تعليم اللغة ؛ كما تعرفت على كثير من
الأصدقاء من جميع الجنسيات الذين لن انساهم أبدا .
وأخيرا بفضل الله ثم بفضل مدرسة سكاربرا العالمية تعلمت اللغة الإنجليزية في ست أشهر .
“I recommend this school to people who want to improve their language and have fun at the same time.”
“Scarborough is a very beautiful seaside town composed of two bays: the North bay, which is very calm, and the South Bay, which is very noisy so you can choose which you prefer!”
“The teachers are very friendly and helpful. In class I felt like the “teacher's pet” – actually everyone felt that! What “fair play”! I’ve learnt lots of things from them. Thanks Alison, John, Jay and Anne!”
“The accommodation was all arranged. My host family were really good. The first message I got from them was “Don’t stand on ceremony - make yourself feel at home”, and I really did! They considered me like a member of the family – thanks Vicky and Keith!”
“The office staff were very nice and kind. They like helping students and organise very good trips.”
“The class is always multi-cultured which reflects positive points in improving the student's level. I made lots of friends and I'll never forget them!”
“Thank you SIS for everything!”
“Studying in Scarborough is a wonderful experience! First of all I stayed with Wendy, my sweet and lovely English host mother. Thanks to her – she gave me lots of attention and was always happy, I feel at home.”
“Second, I have met some good friends. What’s more, because they came from different places all over the world I could learn new things about different cultures and many words in their languages.”
“Last but not least the teachers and ladies in the office: kind people that always help, support the students and have a big smile for everyone.”
“Thank you to Scarborough International School.”
“My host family looked after me really well. They took me to lots of places and introduced me to lots of people. I felt that I’m part of the group.”
“I really love them. Spending time with them was fantastic!”
“The UK trip impressed me a lot. I used to be a person who liked staying at home, but after I went to Scarborough I’ve changed my lifestyle. Scarborough is a beautiful seaside town, I could see the sea from where I lived with my host family. The host is a gentleman and he can cook really delicious food. The students are nice and my teachers are so kind too. During those days in Scarborough International School I noticed English was something I needed every day, whenever talking to people in shops, ordering food in restaurants or playing with friends.”
“Thank you to Scarborough International School for letting me enjoy my holidays in UK.”
“I studied for 4 weeks at Scarborough International School. I learnt a lot of English which is the most important thing but also I enjoyed myself because we did many interesting excursions and I met people who I won't forget. Everybody is very friendly and kind. If you come to Scarborough to learn English my advice is to come to Scarborough International School.”
I was satisfied with Scarborough International School. I studied for 2 weeks but I got the opportunity to improve my English language. My teachers are very good because they are kind and polite. If I made a mistake they told me about my mistake and they always waited for me to speak and understand. So, I think this school has very good teachers and very good surroundings to study English.
I went to Scarborough last summer, I was very excited. My host family were so friendly. The teachers taught pronunciation, cultures and knowledge about England via films, activities and the trips they took us on. Moreover, I gained a lot of new experiences too. For example, trying some new cultures, trying to live with someone who is not my family, travelling to York, Whitby and the most beautiful town I have ever seen Edinburgh. I will go to England again if I can. I was impressed with the friendliness, kindness, and the smell of the English countryside and food.
I travelled to Britain to Scarborough. Really it's the best town, and I lived with a host family. I miss them now because they were a good family. Once we went to the top of a mount in the town, it was a beautiful sight, especially because my host family was with me. I never felt alienated but I felt I was a member of the family, I will never forget this family and they called me “their son”. Really they were fantastic people. We went to the beach and ate ice cream, we went to the cinema and sports stadiums. I love my family forever, and I hope to meet them again.
Everything was great; Scarborough in the whole and the school itself. Especially the people at school. In comparison with one of London's schools (where I spent learning English three weeks as well) they are much more friendly and ready to help with any questions. Thanks to Scarborough International School everyone in my family, including my husband and three kids improved their English significantly and more over we had fun! Thank you once again!
Your English can always be improved. During my time in the school I could enjoy it and the town too. The staff and the teachers were very friendly and helpful and you could feel very confident with them. If you have special interest in any subject, don´t be afraid to ask them about it. Besides this you can explore the town and the countryside where you can find the real England: stone houses, hamlets, villages, fresh air, green fields and welcoming people. Everything that you have imagined about it, you can find in North Yorkshire. And don’t forget to try the English breakfast. Good luck, and come here!%
I'm a former student of Scarborough International School and I would like to tell you why SIS is one of the best places to study English during your holidays. There are many reasons, actually, but the main ones are the location of the school, and the great facilities it provides for learning and having fun at the same time.
First, the location. Scarborough is a quiet resort town on the North-East coast of England, in Yorkshire county. There are many things to see around the town and in nearby villages. In Scarborough itself there's the Castle (built in the 12th century), the North and South Bays for swimmers and surfers, the Rotunda Museum for geology lovers, and Stephen Joseph Theatre for theatre and cinema fans.
SIS is located very near to the centre of town. The school welcomes students from all over the world, children, teenagers and adults alike. It provides students with accommodation and learning and leisure facilities. Teenagers and children have many trips and after-study activities planned, while the adults' course is more focused on mastering their language skills.
My first encounter with SIS happened when my school teacher offered me to join her group in going to England to complete a summer course. I agreed, I thought it would be a good change to the routine of an ordinary summer holiday at home. And I never regretted it afterwards. I even came back in 2010 and 2011!
This summer I have been greatly surprised by the number of different activities included into the program and by the change of activities staff! It was absolutely fantastic seeing both people who were still there from 2010 and even 2009 and meeting new people!
An additional thing to say here about the accommodation. That was superbly arranged, and it was really like a second home for me! Thank you for that!
The teachers were amazing as well! All 3 times I came to study I got into the Advanced-Level class. Although it's considered to be the top, I could always find new things to learn there, it was never boring for me. I would like to thank Nick, Jackie and Jay for being our teachers all that time and bringing something new to learn about!
To sum up, I think that if you want your language improved and have fun at the same time, you should definitely consider going to SIS to achieve that aim!
It was really nice to stay in Scarborough; it's a nice, safe and lovely town and my son was really happy with your school and the host family. The family was really nice, kind and helpful. Me and my son spent happy days with them and I can't expect anymore. The excursion to the Yorkshire Moors was most enjoyable. The lesson the day before the excursion made the day more interesting. My son cherishes the memory of an unforgettable summer holiday.
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El Gazette Centre of Excellence 2016
We are happy to announce that once again we are an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence!
Chilean Students' Cultural Visit to the UK
A group from Santiago came on a 3 week visit to Scarborough International School to experience life in the UK
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Centre of Excellence
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“I've been to Scarborough International School twice now, first taking a Teen Vacation course and then, two years later, an Intensive General English for 6 months. The staff are amazing and lovely people, the teachers are professional; if the school wasn't amazing I wouldn't have gone there twice and you know what, I would go there a the third time, but the next time with my brothers. About Scarborough, it's a very nice and safe place to visit and live, you could have a nice time on the lovely beach. My host family was such a great family I felt like I was living with my real family. I really like my memories there, I wouldn't forget anything.”
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“I highly recommend the International School of English (SIS) and Scarborough as the places to learn or improve your English!”
“I lived and worked in Scarborough for 8 months, and I spent my first and last month in SIS. That was very useful to my daily life, because there I could make lots of good friends. Some of them were British and others were Japanese, Italian, Russian, and many different other nationalities.”
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“I lived my first experience abroad two years ago in Scarborough and, if I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because I was alone, I had to get used to my host family′s routine and I didn′t know the town I would stay in for two weeks, the students I met at school, my new teachers and all the staff managed to make me feel at home. To be honest, you can enjoy a Teen Vacation with your friends even within the borders of your own country, but at Scarborough International School I found a special atmosphere: students coming from all over the world have the opportunity to tell each other about their culture, habits and plans for the future, as if they knew each other very well. In fact I believe this intercultural exchange is the true novelty which I was impressed with. In addition, Scarborough is a nice town with some relaxing leafy areas, the places I visited on my school excursions in Yorkshire were dramatic and interesting, while the afternoon and evening activities proposed were really enjoyable. To sum up, I was absolutely satisfied with my SIS experience so that I decided to have another Teen Vacation there this year.”
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“About a year ago we were on the verge of booking a holiday which was going to be a little out of the ordinary; a week’s study holiday in Scarborough for Dad with seven-year-old daughter. Mum meanwhile would be having a week’s holiday in the true sense of the word. A year on and we are getting ready to repeat the positive and enjoyable experience this adventure turned out to be. The organisation of the school immediately gave us a series of guarantees: our homestay accommodation was arranged with a family who had a young daughter, the study programme was balanced and well-adapted to the needs of both father and daughter.”
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