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11 October 2023

Panamanian partnership continues at the Capital College

Edinburgh College has continued its strong affinity with Panama as the latest cohort of Panamanian students to undergo a bespoke English Language Development programme approach the end of their six-month stay in Scotland’s capital.

Thirty-four students have spent time studying at the College’s Sighthill Campus where they have worked hard to improve their English language skills to support their ambitions for further study and career development.

The visiting students have also taken full advantage of the excellent opportunities for travel from their base in Edinburgh, with group and independent visits to the Highlands, Glasgow, St Andrews, the Kelpies, Callander, as well as other trips further afield to destinations across Europe.

As with each visiting cohort, the 2023 group have also had a taste of traditional Scottish culture at ceilidhs, and experienced one of Edinburgh’s annual highlights, the Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world.

This ongoing project which is funded by the Panamanian Government provides IFARHU scholarship students with the opportunity to study languages intensively, in immersive environments in countries including the UK, USA, Germany and Italy. While at Edinburgh College, students study from home for two months online, before travelling to Edinburgh for a six-month programme including homestay accommodation and a rich social and cultural programme.

I thought I spoke English well but when I came here, I realised there are so many things I didn’t know. The College has been amazing, the teachers are so patient and they care that you learn your lessons. We have had a great time in Edinburgh, it is a beautiful city.
Larissa Rodriguez Saavedra
It has been fantastic hosting our latest group of Panamanian IFARHU scholarship students at our College. As always, the students have been fantastic to work with and have been committed to their studies – as well as embracing many opportunities to learn about Scottish and UK culture during their time here. As we near the end of this year’s programme, we wish our Panamanian students every success for the future. We also look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with Panama in 2024 and beyond.
Victoria Paterson, International Business Manager