LSI offers A levels at our new Sixth Form College in London

September 24th, 2016

In September LSI opened its inaugural sixth form college aimed at London based and international students intending to study A levels for access to UK universities.

LSI Independent Sixth Form College offers A and AS level courses in a wide variety of subjects. A levels are the standard  entrance qualification accepted by UK universities. In addition, the College provides Oxbridge preparation for students who wish to study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge, two of the world’s most prestigious universities. College director, Dr. Sean Buckley, brings 30 years experience in the teaching of A levels and is the best selling author of ‘Getting into Oxford and Cambridge’.

The college is located in an large, elegant, 19th century building in the leafy London suburb of Hampstead. Classrooms are large and fully equipped with the latest technology including interactive whiteboards and large screen TVs. There is also a brand new , specially designed laboratory for our science programmes. Class sizes are small and led by experienced and committed teachers.


For more information about the courses, prices and dates , visit the LSI Independent Sixth Form website.

A Family Concern – Lucy Cryer reviews her time at LSI Zurich

August 24th, 2016

At LSI we often feel proud of our reputation for providing a supportive, family atmosphere in many of our schools. In some schools however, the sense of family is  quite literal. Ian Cryer has been director at our school in LSI Zurich for nearly 20 years now, and has often encouraged his children to participate in school activities over the years. His daughter Lucy, who is about to embark on a new stage of her life, looks back at her time working with LSI and discusses the different skills she has developed whilst working here. Over to Lucy …

“I started work at LSI Zurich in August 2013. After completing a 3 month internship, I took over responsibility for the school’s social media presence (Facebook, Instagram & co). One of the first projects I was involved in was our Celebrating 60 anniversary in 2014. The main events were all posted on social media. However, when reviewing our Facebook Page, I noticed our international German students (Generation Y & Millenials) were liking the pictures, but our local evening course students (Generation X) weren’t really responding. I realised, not all students are on social media; they needed other ways to connect.”

“This became one of my new roles. As social coordinator I have tried to organise activities for all our students. One example was the Christmas Story Night last year. International students read Christmas texts in German; local Swiss students read them in English. The two sides of the school were able to connect and meet in person. The pictures were uploaded to social media and students not yet online were encouraged to go online. A link between real and virtual worlds was built. I feel proud of what I have achieved and enjoyed the time I have worked at LSI . Working as an intern at LSI is a great opportunity!”

Uniting LSI Zurich's local student and International students at Xmas Story Night

Uniting LSI Zurich’s local student and International students at Xmas Story Night

If Lucy’s story has interested you in working as an intern at LSI , why not contact our Marketing team for more details.

A Student’s Perspective on LSI’s UK Schools

July 24th, 2016

We always love to hear about students who enjoy their time at LSI so much that they decide to come back. LSI Brighton school director, Rachel Vallins, talked to one student, Eduardo Vera Abad, who has studied at LSI London Central, LSI Brighton and LSI Cambridge to hear about his experiences.

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel: So, Eduardo it’s your last day at LSI Brighton.
Eduardo: Unfortunately, it’s the last day. I would like to stay longer but sadly I have to go back to work. I’m already planning the next trip and of course it’s with LSI.
Rachel: Fantastic. How do you feel about leaving?
Eduardo: Well, I have to say I’m happy but at the same time I’m a little sad because I will miss the exciting English lessons,  the teachers,  the students, the ambience of the school, the city and many other things.
Rachel: How did your LSI story start? I believe you went to Cambridge first in 2015.
Eduardo: Yes, the first time was in Cambridge. It‘s a very nice school. It’s a fantastic city – I love the river. I spent a lot of time walking next to the river and the park. It’s lovely.
Rachel: After Cambridge, where did you go next?
Eduardo: I was in London Central, I spent three weeks there. London is a big city so I really needed more time.
Rachel: Why did you choose LSI?
Eduardo: I love travelling but I thought why not learn English at the same time? I think it’s never too late to learn a language and as long as I can, I will keep doing it. I will keep coming to England and why not once more to Brighton? Wherever you have a school,  I will go.
Rachel: If you had to compare the three schools, Cambridge, London and Brighton, what’s different about them and what’s similar?
Eduardo: It’s true that even in the same school the teachers are different and have different ways to teach. But I have to say that all my teachers in Cambridge, London and Brighton were lovely, very good and interesting. I couldn’t say which school I prefer.
Rachel: I’ve heard that you want to go to America and possibly some other LSI locations.
Eduardo: Yes, I’m thinking about going to Berkley or New York. I asked for a brochure. I’m planning to do a trip in October.
Rachel: Great. What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt from coming to LSI Brighton?
Eduardo: The vocabulary exercises have helped me a lot to learn more and helped me to remember, it’s very important.
Rachel: Thank you very much for this interview Eduardo. We’ll miss you.
Eduardo: Me too. I’ve really enjoyed my time, thank you.


Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

The Best Country In the World to Live In – the Millennials’ Vote

June 9th, 2016

Millennials,  20 to 35 year olds,  represent the largest living generation  with an estimated 1.8 billion in 2015  falling into this age group. Often described as the first global generation,  Millennials  grew up with the internet and social media. They share their views from fashion and entertainment , to politics and human rights across informal global platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. As such Millenials are considered to be highly influential.

In 2015 6,000 Millennials took part in a survey  and were asked to rank countries in terms of  which ones they would like to live in. They were asked to consider many factors including housing, education, career prospects,  and lifestyle. Out of the top five, three are countries where LSI has schools : Canada, United Kingdom and USA.

  1. Canada
  2. Germany
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Japan
  5. USA

Read more about these fascinating survey results at USNEWS . Learn more about our schools in Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.

We’ve always known that we offer great locations to learn a language in – great to have it confirmed by the Millennials.


Love in the Air at LSI Berkeley

February 14th, 2016

Today we celebrated Valentine’s Day with our 5th anniversary Bake Sale. For the past five years we at LSI San Francisco/Berkeley have held a bake sale to earn money for a local charity. The administration and teachers make homemade delicacies and students get to purchase them for $1 each. However, our students surprise us every year by donating more money to the cause. This year Julia, one of our best teachers, won the taste challenge with her spiced cupcakes which included awe worthy accolades.

We hope to continue our tradition for years to come! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at LSI San Francisco/Berkeley!

The Bake Sale WInner

The Bake Sale WInner

Combine Language Studies with Themed Activities at LSI

December 14th, 2015

Our experiences programmes combine language tuition with an exciting range of themed activities. For 2016, LSI will be offering 18 different options ranging from the thrills of Extreme Sports in Auckland, to more leisurely pursuits such as wine tasting in Berkeley and sampling the local delights on our Food & Drink option in London.

For sport enthusiasts we offer Golf , Tennis, Ice Hockey, Football,, Dance and Sufing.Perhaps you’d prefer to indulge your interests in Cooking, Art, History & Culture or just get to know your host city better with our Urban Hiking Course.Our Hares and Hounds ‘Trail Finding’ option is a great way to explore Zurich whilst solving challenging clues as part of a team. Interested in learning a new skill that could lead to a job? Why not try our Barista Training course offered in Auckland and Brisbane.

Below are all the options available and the locations which offer them.



Top Taiwanese Company Executive Talks about his 10 Year Love Affair with New York and LSI

November 30th, 2015

It was over 10 years ago, when a Taiwanese student, Johnson Chang, first fell under the spell of New York. It was May 2004 and he had just begun his language studies at LSI New York.

Dec2015JohnsonChang“It has been a really joyful, and also fruitful process for me to think back to the early days. There were always so many things to do in or out of class. As I remember it, during the last afternoon session the teachers would ask what we’d done the previous evening. There always seemed so much to share from discussing the New York skyline, the beauty of Central Park, the cultural melting pot of Washington Square, the fascinating interweaving subways … These opportunities to share gave us the chance to express and practice what we’d been taught in class.”

“This is now my fifth time in 10 years going back to New York. You’ll never find any city so diversified with people from many cultures – it is truly cosmopolitan. Now, in December 2015, all the many months of learning at LSI still play an important part for me professionally communicating with clients in English as well reaching out to my local customers in New Yorker.”

“I would recommend LSI New York to any student who wants to improve their English rapidly:  firstly  for  the attentive teachers in the school and secondly  for being close to some of  the  best attractions in the world and lastly for the tolerant day to day culture  and attitude of New Yorkers.”

NEW! The LSI Adventure Courses

October 30th, 2015

For many LSI students who study with us, it’ll be the first time they’ll ever have visited their new host city or country. For 2016, LSI are offering an exciting range of language travel packages. Alongside our general language classes we offer fun weekend excurions which provide an oportunity for student’s to explore the wider environment whilst studying.

Our Adventure Courses are offered at all LSI schools with many schools offering a variety of weekend excursions.Visit natural wonders such as the Rockies (LSI Vancouver), the Grand Canyon (Berkeley, San Diego), the Great Barrier Reef (Brisbane) and Niagara Falls (New York). Explore iconic cities such as Edinburgh (London, Brighton, Cambridge), Philadelphia and Washington (New York) and New York (Boston). Or simply try something new such as igloo building or water water rafting (Zurich). This is just a taster of what we offer.

To book on one of LSI’s Adventure courses, students are required to study for a minimum of two weeks on any LSI general language course and must also have a minimum age of 18.

Learn more about LSI Adventure Courses


Japanese Student Revisits LSI London Hampstead after 23 years

September 30th, 2015

Yuko Tabata’s first visit to LSI London Hampstead was in 1992 when she was a young woman in her twenties. It was an exciting and memorable time in her life, so much so that 23 years on she decided to make a return visit and bring her young niece Nana with her.

“I have such great memories of LSI and I am still in touch with many of my friends I made back then. Some things don’t change. The teachers then and now were all really nice, the atmosphere in the school is friendly. I especially feel it’s a safe environment. My niece is only 16 years old but I knew that she’d be happy and feel secure here. During my current visit, I’ve taken my niece to see all the main tourists spots and I feel that London has changed a lot in 23 years. Hampstead though still remains a charming village in the centre of London. It is also incredibly nice to see that the LSI standards are the same after all this time.”

Yuko Tabata and her niece Nana

Yuko Tabata and her niece Nana

Newly Custom Built School Building in Paris

August 21st, 2015

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new school building in Paris. Situated next door to the iconic Pompidou Centre, LSI Paris is the perfect place to learn French.

Funnily enough, the architects of the Pompidou Centre, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, actually studied French at LSI shortly before starting work on the great building, which was to become one of Paris’ most important landmarks. So it’s fitting that LSI should be so close by today.


Click here to go to a virtual tour of the school.