Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania, or UPenn as it is often shortened to, is a research-focused Ivy League university. Its leafy campus is located just over a mile from the centre of Philadelphia, allowing for regular visits to attractions as part of the course’s social programme.
Bucksmore Philadelphia (Intensive English)
Bucksmore's classic English language course with an American twist
Activities and Excursions
Bucksmore Philadelphia’s timetable is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions. One of the key responsibilities of an Activity Manager is to respond to student requests and ensure that all students have a fantastic time during their stay.
Each week, there are two full-day excursions to a variety of destinations. Students are accompanied by staff on all excursions, and can be given free-time if appropriate. Popular visits include:
- Washington D.C.
- New York City
The social programme is an important part of any summer school experience, and is great way for students to socialise and practice their English with each other. In addition to traditional activities such as sports tournaments, talent shows and discos, other examples of Bucksmore activities include:
A team game in which teams of students bet on a series of challenges performed by other students or staff. Teams receive points for the correctly chosen winner of each task, and the team with the most overall points wins a prize!
Get Your Own Back
Usually held towards the end of the course, this is a great chance for students to get revenge on their teachers! Each counsellor comes on to the stage for a different challenge, and students are given the opportunity to volunteer themselves to try and beat the counsellor at each game. Whoever loses has to do a forfeit!
- 15 hours of English per week, 5 hours of American cultural experience & 5 hours of group project work
- 2 full-day excursions per week
- Full evening activity programme including sports, games and cultural trips
- Personalised report card & certificate upon graduation
- Maximum class size of 11 students