It was my first experience of studying abroad. The LinguaTrip’s website I found thanks to Marina’s videos on YouTube. The whole process of choosing the school and booking the course is very simple and pleasurable. A huge thanks to the managers because they answered my questions quickly. The visa process I did on my own.
At first, I booked a month of studying with morning lessons from 9am to 12am, and homestay accommodation. In a few days before my flight to the school, I was offered to live my first two weeks of studying in the residence without any extra fees or anything. I accepted the offer, even though this accommodation didn’t include any kind of nutrition at all. I also accepted the offer because I wanted to understand, how to live in both - homestay family and residence.
After the week of studying at school I decided to take some additional classes, so I booked the conversation class that ran 1 hour and a half after the lunch. It was comfortable and interesting since I had some energy for it, and also, this class was visited by majority students of my group, so we could spend some more time together even after our daily classes. For the whole month in my group there wasn’t any Russian students, and at school there were about 3 Russians at all. Thus, Brighton fully justified my hopes that I put on this city before visiting.
The school’s building is pretty old, but it’s located almost in the city centre. The staff with the headmaster do their work on 100 percent. They drew their attention to all of my problems and concerns. I witnessed the headmaster calling to head office to get an answer to my question. In a few days he asked me how everything was and if I was alright. I think it is not included into his duty.
I went to this school after one year of taking the course of translation. Practically, I couldn’t speak, but I could understand people. According to the test we took on the first day of the school, I was put into the “pre-intermediate” group. It was very noisy during the lessons. No one tried to correct your mistakes when you spoke. It was a little bit unusual after living in Russia. I think it has a great influence on student that there is no any pressure or control to help them to get over the language barrier, especially because you don’t have any opportunities to speak Russian or your mother language.
I think one month is enough for that because after two weeks you will already get succeed a little, but to the end of the month you will get tired of constant pressure, and you will want to relax from talking in English. At the same time, I think it happens only when you experience your first trip to the English-speaking country, and later, you can try to stay for more than just 2 weeks.
Living in the residence is pretty comfortable - a modern renovation, private ensuite, a big bed, a desk, even a safe, plus big shared kitchens - everything is like in a hotel. You can buy cooked food in any supermarket, I spent about 15-30£ on food per day. Location of my residence was wonderful. It was located on central street right between my language school and downtown - about 5 minutes away to both of the places. I didn’t have to waste my time on the bus driving. By the way, there are night busses available - you can use it without any problem if you go home from a club or a bar. It was such a huge pleasure to me to wake up to the sounds of gulls. Also, it was the only one place where it was warm during my whole trip.
Other 2 weeks I lived in a host family. My host was Sue. 3 small dogs and one student lived in that place too. I have actually never really seen that another student. It was always clean in the house. We didn’t have any special restricts. In the evenings I was waited by hot delicious dinners. When I shared my impressions about my host family with my classmates, and when we showed pictures of the dinners and the houses, everybody was jealous of my host family, and they advised me to hold her with both of my hands. Honestly, Sue was quite all the time. I always had dinner alone, so I couldn’t practice English with native speakers that much. Also, there always was that original British coldness at home, so I couldn’t wear just shorts at homestay, as I could do that while living in the residence. Generally, the diapason of the temperature in November is about from 0 to 10, but since it’s a high percent of humidity, the temperature feels way colder. I would recommend you to take winter clothes, however, local people often wear shorts and scarf, which shocked us pretty much.
Social and cultural activities that were organized by school we didn’t try at all. After the lessons my 2 or 3 classmates and I went to the library that is free for everybody. We studied together and practiced our just learned topics, did the homework, or just talked to each other. In evenings we went for walks, after that we visited different clubs or bars. Honestly, communication is the main entertainment here. I visited London a few times, one of those times I went with my classmates. If you want to visit London too, then remember that you can buy one-day ticket that is for both - for train-tips between the cities and subway-rides around the city. This ticket costs way less than if you buy tickets for train and subway separately. You can get this ticket on a train station, explaining cashier what exactly you need.
In general, I liked my whole trip and I am pleased by that. It’s a wonderful alternative to usual relaxing time abroad, when you learn English.