Short study abroad programmes give studies an opportunity to experience university or college life overseas, without committing the time or expense of spending a full academic year, or longer, abroad. The question of whether this type of programme is beneficial should be considered. In this study, we tested, interviewed and evaluated a group of students who spent three weeks on such a programme at Leicester University in the United Kingdom. The results suggest that not only did the participating studies' receptive skills improve, but also their confidence and attention to detail in spoken English was noticeably better on their return. The effectiveness of the Homestay experience appeared to be key to this improvement. Furthermore, participating students were able to gain a reasonable level of cultural insight for such a relatively short trip.