Joint Number 1 English Language Centre in the UK*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on 2018 British Council Inspectors' publishable statements.

Who are LSI/IH Portsmouth?

LSI/IH Portsmouth was established in 1985 and is the no. 1 English language centre in the UK*, having achieved 100% in our last British Council inspection.

LSI/IH Portsmouth offers both face-to-face English language classes in Portsmouth and online English classes to suit all abilities and many different academic and professional needs.

We are an adults-only centre, accepting students 18 years old and over. We run courses in General EnglishIELTSCambridge and OET Exam Preparation30+Business English and University Pre-Sessional Courses.

We are a centre for IELTS tests, OET tests and Cambridge exams. We are a CELTA course training centre.

We are located in Portsmouth, a lively and historic university city on the beautiful south coast of England.

*based on EL Gazette’s review of British Council Inspection report.

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Which LSI/IH Portsmouth English Language Course is Right for You?

  • Do you need to take an English language exam? You can take our intensive IELTS preparation course or join our Cambridge exam course – and then take the exam in our exam centre at the end of the course.
  • Do you want to improve your everyday English or use English for travelling? Try our General English course.
  • Do you need to prepare for Higher Education in the UK? Read about our Pre-sessional course.
  • Do you negotiate or make presentations in English? Are you an HR manager or project manager and need to do your job more effectively in English? We can meet your Business English needs.
  • Are you a medical professional looking to work in an English-speaking country? You can take our OET course online or in Portsmouth – and then take the OET test in our centre.
  • Do you want to be an English teacher and travel the world? Our CELTA course is for you.