STUDY HIGH SCHOOL UK
✔ Three terms in the school year: Autumn, Spring and Summer
✔ School uniform is required in most schools
✔ London weekend
✔ European Tour
Great Britain reflects the influence of many countries and includes England, Scotland and Wales. The country is known for its music, fashion, media and sense of humor, but perhaps most for its royal family.
The student will attend the local high school in the area where they will be living in the exactly the same way as the British students. Modern pedagogy mixed with ancient traditions, and maybe the student will have to wear a classic British school uniform. Exciting!
Historic places, an open countryside and picturesque villages combined with the industry landscape and growing cities – in Great Britain you find it all. Britain is the country for students who love music, culture, fashion and sports. And the country is so much more than London.
Area: 244 820 square kilometers
Population: approximately 61 million
Capital: London Language:
English National holiday: The UK does not celebrate one particular national holiday
The variety in the landscape of Britain is almost endless. There is fine mountain scenery, from the Cairngorms in Scotland to the Lake District in the north of England and Snowdonia in Wales. There are prehistoric and Roman sites, medieval castles and regal stately residences. There are places connected with famous people from the Brontës to the Beatles. There are cathedrals, churches and ruined monasteries. Historic cities include Canterbury and Cardiff, Edinburgh and Exeter, Gloucester and Glasgow. There are picturesque fishing harbours, lovingly tended gardens and public parks, museums and galleries stocked with the beautiful and the unusual. There are rare-breeds farms, zoos, safari parks and white-knuckle rides in amusement parks, alongside steam railway, and historical collections that bring the past alive. The British Isles is the name for a collection of about 4,000 islands, including Great Britain and Ireland. The name, the British Isles, is usually only seen on maps. Great Britain, known as Britain, is the name given to the largest of the islands. It includes England, Scotland and Wales, but it does not include Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. You can see the abbreviation GB on driving licences of people who live in England, Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom, or the UK, is a political term, which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of these countries are represented in Parliament in London, and the abbreviation UK is used on most official documents produced by Parliament. Scotland and Wales now have their own local parliaments, with power to make decisions about their own countries. Everybody from the UK is British, but be careful: only people from England are English. People from Wales think of themselves as Welsh; people from Scotland as Scottish; people from Northern Ireland as either British or Irish. – Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales – United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Britain has some excellent traditional food: lamb from Wales, shellfish and fresh salmon from Northern Ireland, fresh or smoked salmon from Scotland, and cheeses from England and Wales. Most pubs serve good value hot and cold meals and are the place to find good quality traditional British food. The rise of the ‘gastro pub’ has greatly increased the revival of traditional British cooking. Pubs often have family areas where people under 16 can sit and eat. Due to the range of nationalities that are present In Britain, there is a wealth of choice when eating out, from the most popular which are Indian and Chinese closely followed by cuisines from such places as Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Italy. Many sports can trace their histories back to Britain; golf was first played in Scotland in the fifteenth century, the most famous golf club, Saint Andrews in Scotland is still the most respected authority on golf in the world. Cricket was first played in England in the sixteenth century, and its rules were written in the eighteenth century. Football, rugby and hockey were first played in British public schools in the nineteenth century, the rules for all of these games were written between 1870 and 1890. The official religion of Britain is Christianity, but Britain is a country in which many faiths are important. Although, 65% of British people are Christian, very few of them go to church, more and more traditional churches are closing. Other religions in Britain are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. Altogether about 5% of the population follow these faiths, (and except for Judaism) they are all growing religions in Britain. There are 1.4 million Muslims, about 400,000 Hindus and about 600,000 Sikhs. Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, in contrast to Christians, are more likely to practice their religion.
The BFME Difference
Our host families receive payment for board and lodgings. Our area representatives carefully select the host families. Host families are accepted on the basis of a careful procedure which, among other things, includes an interview and a home visit. The student will be a new member of the host family and is therefore required to participate fully in family life. The student may have to share a room with a host sibling or another high school student. The student will have a quiet place in the house where he or she can study. Students must remember that staying with a British host family means being part of a family; it not like staying in a hotel. The family will welcome the student into their home, but they will not rearrange their lives completely around the student’s needs; they need to fit in with the host family’s lifestyle. In many cases both parents work, and will have other commitments at the weekend as well. The student will need to be independent and outgoing, so that they can build up a network of friends and make arrangements to fill their spare time – this is very much their responsibility, and will be a key factor in making the time in Britain a success.
The student will attend the local high school in the area where they will be living. They will attend the school in exactly the same way as the British students. Schools usually only accept students from EU countries. Other nationalities may be accepted, and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Non-EU applicants wishing to attend school in England or Scotland will be placed in public/private fee-paying schools and will be liable for these costs. There are three terms in the school year: Autumn, Spring and Summer. The school year starts at the beginning of September (mid-August in Scotland). There is a two-week holiday at Christmas, and usually two weeks at Easter. There is a one week holiday halfway through each term. The school year ends between the end of June and the middle of July. Students who do not enter end of year exams will go home when the exams start as normal lessons cease for this period. This can mean returning home in May rather than June. The school day at most British schools starts at 9.00 am and finishes around 3.45 pm. Lessons are on Monday to Friday only. School uniform is recommended in most schools and compulsory in others. Packed lunch is provided by the host family on school days. Books, other learning material, uniform, hot school lunches, general pocket money and transportation costs are at the student’s expense. Each student has an area representative allocated to them for the duration of their stay. The area representative will arrange an individual meeting with each student at the beginning of their stay and will contact the student in person or by phone on a regular basis, an orientation meeting will also be arranged at the start of the programme for all high school students in the area. The student should turn to the area representative as the first point of contact in the case of any problems with the host family.