I was at this school for only 3 weeks, but I remembered them for a long time.
At EF Brighton, there is a rule that you need to arrive on a Sunday, because studies start on Monday.
But more on that later.
To begin with, I was abroad for the first time and decided to choose a fairly cheerful city (at the time of the trip it was a rather strange holiday for a Russian man - pride along with the parade).
I lived in a host family. I got a good family, there were parents and 2 small children (five and seven years old), they were very nice people, they were shocked when I brought them honey as a souvenir, not a traditional Russian drink (of course it was a joke). The only disadvantage of the family was that if you want to have supper, then you should be at home exactly at 7 pm, otherwise dinner would fly to the garbage dump.
Well, you can also call it a minus that little children were rushing around the house, but I have 2 younger brothers, so for me it is customary.
Now about studying. Officially, the school has one building that is located near the beach, but in summer EF is taking a local college, which is 5 minutes away.
I studied in an ordinary building, and my roommate (by the way she is from the Netherlands) was studying in a nearby building.
We did not study on Monday.
We had something like a general meeting for beginners, where we were told about the city and the precautions.
We were given bracelets with emergency phones, a bag (as we have a bag for change shoes) and a bottle of water, we were tested (oral and written), and then went on a tour of the city.
I started learning on Tuesday, a good teacher came to me, obviously not like my teacher in Moscow (at that time I was still in school), every day we had something different, on Wednesdays we had a lecture on interests.
Once a week we sat at the computers. At the end of 3 weeks we had a test of how well you progressed. I was only 3 weeks, and then by the summer program, so I advanced, but not much.
In the end, we were solemnly given diplomas about the course. Now about the leisure.
Every day we had different activations. Starting from a basic picnic, ending with trips to other cities (sometimes there were other countries, but in the summer they were not), there were also free activists, there were also paid ones. For example, the picnic was cost 3 pounds (taking into account that this price includes a hot dog, chips and a burger, it was all on the grill were drinks: juice, local lemonade,coca-cola, etc.), it has also been night of parties, but as I was afraid to sleep on classes, I didn't go.
There were trips (in which I got) to Cambridge, London (by the way, I was 2 times in London, because there are thematic excursions to London, but most of all I liked the trip to the musical ""MAMMA MIA"", as this is my favorite musical, I even took a T-shirt from Mamma Mia from Moscow, everything was shocked from me, but the minus of it was that they were sitting high, but here depends on the ticket price, so it depends on your budget. Now about the city itself. reminded the Russian Black Sea coast, automatic weapons at every turn, actors and various freaks, a pizzeria and a cafe with famous ""Fish and Chips."" Well, the famous Brighton pier, which also had slot machines, CASINO 18+ and attractions, but honestly, it's better not to walk in this city at night, I returned from the musical (the musical was in London and we went by train) at about one in the morning, all shopping centers close at about 3-4 pm, which by our standards is very early.
So at night only if I go, it's only in a nightclub or what struck me, it's an OPEN BURGER KING, and next to it there were already obviously drunk people. By the way, buses did not go any more. I had to take a taxi. We drove 10 minutes to the house of my family, but I paid about 20 pounds, for a night taxi is VERY expensive. Well, I liked studying and the city itself, for those who know the blogger PewdiePie, you should know that he lives in Brighton, when I watch his video, I remember those days. And that, by the way, it was amazing for 3 weeks the rain was only 3 times, once a day of arrival and 2 days in the next week.
Well, summing up, the school is chic, ideal for the first trip (by the way director-Russian) and I'm now waiting for friends from 15 countries :)"