Summer School Courses

Summer School Courses Summer School Courses 

Update 15 March: Summer School 2021 
Due to continuing uncertainty around international travel as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, Edinburgh College has made the sad decision to cancel our Summer School for 2021. Affected students should email for more information.

Edinburgh College summer school runs from July to August. It provides interesting, varied and challenging English courses to suit all levels, from elementary to advanced. Your level of English will be tested on your first day.

Sample weekly programme:

(9 am - 12:30 pm)
(1:15 pm - 4 pm)
​General English
​Social Programme

​​General English
​English Plus/IELTS Prep
​​General English
​​Social Programme

​​General English
​​English Plus/IELTS Prep
​​Social Programme
​​General English

​​Social & Cultural Programme full-day excursion

Morning classes include a 30-minute break. Afternoon classes include a 15-minute break.

Core Course:

General English (15 hours per week)

For all Summer School students, from Elementary to Advanced level.

Our engaging syllabus focuses on all the skills you need to improve your English. Our communicative lessons work on your speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as activating and extending your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. You will improve your communication skills, functional language and pronunciation. Our aim is to help you feel more confident when using English and to motivate you to continue your progress after Summer School.

Our team of teachers are experienced in getting the best out of our students and will help you to improve your English. Our teaching team receives consistently excellent feedback and are dedicated to their subject. All of our teachers are enthusiastic, experienced and approachable, teaching in a friendly and engaging way.

95% of Summer School 2019 students gave our teachers a 5/5 or Excellent rating

You will take a placement test on your first day, so we can place you in a class with other students of a similar level of English. You will have opportunities during your course to give feedback and input on what you would like to do with your teacher and our Summer School Director.

“Most of all I enjoyed the environment during the classes. Everyone was working hard and at the same time it was so interesting to do teacher’s tasks. I am very happy that I have had such a wonderful experience in this Summer School. I’m really looking forward to return here again next year.” - Alexander, Russia, Summer School 2019

"My favourite thing about Summer School was getting to know many new people from all over the world and learning new things about foreign cultures." Umberto Giovanni, Italy, Summer School 2019

Intensive English:

Complement your General English course with our English Plus or IELTS Preparation elective courses. 

English Plus (+5 hours per week)

For Elementary to Advanced level students, with a focus on communicating effectively in English.

These lessons are suitable if you are looking to improve your communication skills in English. You will focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing and your activities will be based on real-life topics to motivate and engage you. You will have the chance to express yourself in English and fix some of the errors you make. You will explore various interesting topics and you will also improve presentation skills and functional language.

IELTS Preparation (+5 hours per week)

For Intermediate to Advanced level students, for techniques and guidance to improve your IELTS score.

This is the ideal course if you are interested in taking the IELTS English language exam. You will learn about the structure of the exam, techniques to improve your score and tips on what the examiners are looking for. Your teacher will be experienced in IELTS and will give you targeted advice on your weaknesses and how you can improve.

IELTS exams must be booked separately at a local exam centre (estimated cost between £160 and £200) – contact us for more information.

Social & Cultural Programme

Join our Social & Cultural Programme to make the most of your time with us - get to know your classmates better and explore Edinburgh & Scotland’s rich history and culture with our knowledgeable activity leaders.
  • Visit places of historical and cultural importance in and around the city
  • Experience Edinburgh’s vibrant entertainment scene
  • 2-afternoon activities, 1 evening activity and 1 full-day Saturday excursion per week
For more information about Summer School, download our Summer School Brochure, register your interest now using the form to the left, or email us directly at

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