Social programme

Students socialising

Our social programme is an important part of our English courses. It gives you the opportunity to practise your English in an informal setting, socialise with other students, make new friends, and settle into university life in the UK.

What we offer

Orientation programme

We have a free orientation programme for all our full-time English language students. Our Student Experience Officer will usually meet you on your first day at university.

During the orientation programme, you'll meet the Language Services Unit (LSU) team, enrol onto your course, and take a guided tour around Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge city centre.

Pre-sessional and English for University Studies

For our Pre-sessional and English for University studies students, we usually organise activities after classes on your free afternoon. Activities may include bowling, cinema trips, sports afternoons, team quizzes and international food events.

We usually open up these events to students from other English courses, too.

End-of-course ceremony

For our Pre-sessional students, we host an end-of-course ceremony in January and September.

During the ceremony, you'll receive a certificate for successfully completing your course. You'll usually be addressed by the director of LSU and one of the Faculty Deans, or the director of our International Office; they'll congratulate you on all your hard work and welcome you to your academic programme.

If your English course is not officially assessed, you can still attend a certificate event, to commemorate your time with us. These events may also be attended by senior members of the university.

Summer, winter and bespoke courses

If you're taking our summer or winter English language and culture course, you can enjoy one-day excursions every week to popular UK tourist sites. It's a great chance to learn more about British culture and history. The trips may vary year to year, but often include visits to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brighton. We also organise half-day events at local attractions such as Cambridge University Botanical Gardens and the city's Christmas Fair (winter only).

View our course page for more information about trips.

Some of these trips are also available to our Pre-sessional and English for University Studies (EUS) programmes.

Social programme fees

Most of the social programme is included in your course fee. Sometimes, there may be an additional entrance fee to pay. You’ll also need to provide all your own meals and drinks on weekend (Saturday) and afternoon excursions. If you are on a bespoke course, meals may be included.

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