Group of students on a social programme standing for a group photo at the Kelpies, which are a large metal horse structure.

Social and Cultural Programmes

Join our Social and Cultural Programme to make the most of your summer in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a rich historical city known for academic excellence, with beautiful architecture, a vibrant cultural scene, abundant green spaces and a warm and welcoming community. 

Edinburgh city has an amazing variety of visitor attractions including

  • historic and religious sites
  • parks and beaches
  • museums
  • galleries
  • theatres
  • Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh is also a great base to explore other parts of Scotland and the UK, and is home to dozens of major arts and cultural festivals throughout the year, including the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. 

What to expect

Some highlights of our Social & Cultural Programme include:

  • Exploring the historical and cultural highlights of Edinburgh and Scotland 
  • Gaining an in-depth understanding of UK and Scottish culture 
  • Getting to know your classmates outside of the classroom 
  • Using your English language skills in real-life settings 

What’s included? 

Our enhanced Summer School Social and Cultural Programme includes:  

  • 3 x afternoon / evening activities per week (in Edinburgh)  
  • 1 full-day Saturday excursion per week (outside Edinburgh)  

Our Year-round Social and Cultural Programme includes:  

  • regular trips and social activities throughout the year available for all international students. 

Sample activities:  

The social programme trips were all very enjoyable and I love spending more time with the other students.
Sofia, Italy, 2023
Group of international students posing for a photo outside a college campus building.

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Edinburgh is an amazing city, people are very polite. I love its culture and the beautiful places it has to visit, especially the castles.
Elvia, Panama, 2019

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