The University of Edinburgh - summer English school in Scotland

  • British Council
  • English UK
  • Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, UK
  • Campus
  • age from 11 to 17
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Program description and what is included

  • 15 lessons of general English language tuition per week
  • Residential accommodation on campus
  • All meals throughout stay (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Full daytime and evening activity programme
  • Escorted full and half-day excursions by coach
  • All local travel as required for the specified activity programme
  • All entrance fees as required for the specified activity programme
  • All course materials & notebook
  • Certificate and end-of-course report
  • Airport transfers

Description

Our summer school is based at Edinburgh University’s Pollock Halls, a city campus located next to Holyrood Park and within walking distance of many of  Edinburgh’s main attractions. This compact campus has modern ensuite halls of residence, classrooms, comfortable social spaces and a self-service restaurant at the John McIntyre Conference Centre. A superb 50m swimming pool built for the Commonwealth Games is located right next door to the campus. The university’s outdoor sports facilities are a 20-minute walk or a short bus ride away.

Centre capacity: approximately 250 students

 

English course:

Our aim is to develop students’ fluency skills and build their confidence in a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment.  We want our students to leave the course with a better understanding of UK culture and the inspiration to become life-long learners of English.

  • Course length: Minimum 1 week, maximum 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Any Monday during available dates
  • Ages: 10 – 17
  • Levels: Beginner A1 to Advanced C2
  • Hours: 15 hours of General English language tuition per week (20 lessons per week. Each lesson is 45 minutes)
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • Oral and written placement tests to select class level
  • In-house syllabus based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Notebook and all course materials
  • End-of-course report and attendance certificate awarded upon completion of the course
  • Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks. Students alternate weekly between morning classes and afternoon classes
  • Class times are usually 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30.

 

Accommodation

  • Twin ensuite bedrooms
  • Shared kitchen/common rooms in residence (1 per 15-20 bedrooms)
  • Hotel style over 3 floors with all bedrooms off a central corridor
  • Rooms cleaned and bed linen & towels changed once per week. Bedroom key, bed linen and one towel provided
  • A damage deposit of £40 taken on the check-in and refunded on departure

Why choose this school

  • Great location next to Holyrood Park and close to the city centre
  • Twin ensuite bedrooms
  • Approximately 25 minutes walk to the Royal Mile
  • Local travel tickets included (10 single bus tickets per week)
  • The top quality self-service restaurant at John McIntyre Conference Centre
  • 3 full-day excursions per 2 weeks

School infrastructure

  • Common rooms on campus: Large common room in the student residence and 2 smaller common rooms in Fraser Court
  • Large hall for evening activities 5 nights per week (ceilidh, karaoke, discos etc) 15 mins walk from campus
  • Self-service laundry facilities (approximately £8 for a wash & dry)
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the campus

Sport infrastructure

  • Outdoor sports once per week on AstroTurf pitches
  • Edinburgh University pitches are a 20-minute walk or short bus ride from campus
  • Superb 50m Commonwealth Swimming Pool next to campus (1 swim session per 2 weeks included)
  • Grass playing fields in nearby Meadows

Hobbies and clubs

  • Drama workshop
  • Usually two daytime sports & activities sessions per week, depending on the centre
  • Sports may include football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, rounders, swimming and beach volleyball, depending on the facilities available 
  • Other daytime activities may include drama, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, film & photography projects, talent show preparation etc   
  • Evening activities may include discos, quizzes, fashion shows, talent shows, treasure hunts, karaoke and more

Recommended arrival cities

  • Edinburgh

Nearest airports

  • Edinburgh Airport - 35 minutes

Location

Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, UK

Sample program

  • 1 day

    Morning. Lessons
    Day. Edinburgh: Old Town & Royal Mile walking tour & Museum of Edinburgh
    Evening. Quiz Night/Bingo Bongo

  • 2 day

    Morning. Lessons
    Day. Sports & optional workshops
    Evening. Eve walking tour Ghost Tour

  • 3 day

    Morning. Lessons
    Day. Edinburgh: New Town - Calton Hill, Princes Street Gardens & National Galleries of Scotland
    Evening. Ceilidh (Scottish Dancing)

  • 4 day

    Morning. Lessons
    Day. Edinburgh: Victoria Street, Grassmarket, Greyfriars Bobby & National Museum of Scotland
    Evening. Disco

  • 5 day

    Morning. Lessons
    Day. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle (entrance included)
    Evening. Fashion Show

  • 6 day

    Morning. Full-day excursion to Stirling (walking tour), Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Cruise
    Day. Full-day excursion to Stirling (walking tour), Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Cruise
    Evening. Chill Night (no activities)

  • 7 day

    Morning. Full-day excursion to Alnwick & Castle
    Day. Full-day excursion to Alnwick & Castle
    Evening. Chill Night (no activities)

  • 8 day

    Morning. Edinburgh: Holyrood Park, Scottish Parliament & climb Arthur’s Seat
    Day. Lessons
    Evening. Scavenger Hunt

  • 9 day

    Morning. Swimming at the Commonwealth Pool
    Day. Lessons
    Evening. Eve walking tour History Tour

  • 10 day

    Morning. Edinburgh: Port of Leith, The Shore & Ocean Terminal
    Day. Lessons
    Evening. Ceilidh (Scottish Dancing)

  • 11 day

    Morning. Edinburgh: Portobello Beach or Royal Botanic Gardens
    Day. Lessons
    Evening. Disco

  • 12 day

    Morning. Edinburgh: Dean Village, Water of Leith walkway to Stockbridge
    Day. Lessons
    Evening. Talent Show

  • 13 day

    Morning. Full day Excursion to Glasgow, walking tour & Kelvingrove Museum
    Day. Full day Excursion to Glasgow, walking tour & Kelvingrove Museum
    Evening. Chill Night (no activities)

  • 14 day

    Morning. Departures
    Day.
    Evening.

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