Young Learner English Language Summer Programme, Edinburgh

Our international summer school, based at Napier University's Craiglockhart campus, has been providing summer holiday English language courses to 12-17 year-olds in Edinburgh for almost 30 years.

We welcome bookings from both groups and individuals, with individual students making up almost 50% of the total numbers. We also maintain a good blend of nationalities each year, with the mix in previous years including students from Spain, Italy, Poland, China, France, Russia, Holland, Czech Republic, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait and Turkey.

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The School

Our summer campus at Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus offers students a superbly-resourced learning environment. The location is stunning, set on a hill overlooking the city of Edinburgh, with modern classrooms and beautiful lawns.

Getting to and from campus

Travelling to and from campus each day is an important part of the learning experience for Hamilton students and all students are accompanied to the school on their first day by a member of their host family. Local bus passes are included in the price. Lothian buses from the city centre are : 4, 10 , 23 , 27 & 45.

Edinburgh’s comprehensive bus network makes reaching the campus a straightforward affair. Lothian Buses offer a number of services which stop at or very close to the school. Timetables & route maps are available at the school.



AccommodationThe option of homestay or residential accommodation is available for groups. Accommodation for individuals is available as homestay only.

Residential accommodation is located at Bainfield Hall, which offers new, modern en-suite facilities close to the city centre and 15 minutes by bus from the campus.

What's Included?

The programme includes the following;

  • 15 hours of English language tuition each week
  • 5 hours of Creative project work each week
  • All excursions and activities
  • Lunch at Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus Monday to Friday
  • Local travel bus pass
  • Transfers to & from Edinburgh International Airport
  • All teaching materials
  • End of Course Certificate and project report
  • One full day and two half day, off-campus, supervised trips per week.

Homestay Students Only:

  • Homestay accommodation (shared room)
  • Breakfast and evening meal with host

Group Residential Students Only:

  • Breakfast at Bainfi eld Hall
  • Evening meal at Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus


A Typical Week

Our summer programme timetable provides a great balance between language study and holiday enjoyment.

English lessons are supplemented by project work and a wide range of sporting activity, arts, crafts, movies and quiz nights. Students have also been known to enjoy a Scottish music and dance evening! An excellent selection of local excursions and trips outwith Edinburgh are also included during each week of the course.

>> A full example timetable can be found in our Brochure...


Discover the City

Scotland’s stunning capital, which plays host to both our Young Learner Summer Programme and our other Group Programmes, is a wonderful city in which to study the English language.

Steeped in heritage yet colourfully cosmopolitan, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of historic and cultural offerings. Students attending our September-June courses are based in the heart of the city, with many of its finest attractions within walking distance, while our summer students based at Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus enjoy spectacular views of the city as well as easy access to the centre.

Discover the city

There are no end of things to see and do in Edinburgh. The city is home to a wealth of museums and galleries, parks and gardens, theatres and cinemas, excellent shops and a host of sports venues. Just click on the links above to discover a range of places to visit within the city and beyond. A number of these are typically included in our Young Learner Summer Programme timetable.

Getting around Edinburgh

Our September-June students will discover that our Frederick Street base is within walking distance of many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions. For slightly longer journeys, taxis are easily available, while Lothian Buses run frequent services throughout the city, including a late-night timetable. One of the best ways for those new to the city to see the sights is by hopping aboard one of the Edinburgh open-top bus tours. Our Young Learner Summer Programme students are ashort bus ride from town, with a number of services stopping at or close to the campus.


Edinburgh Highlights

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh CastleThere’s no missing the city’s most visited historic building, which sits high above Edinburgh and commands wonderful views. Dating from the 12th Century, the castle is built upon the plug of an extinct volcano and is steeped in Scottish history.

National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of ScotlandRe-opened in 2011 after a multi-million pound renovation, this magnificent 19th Century building is a much-loved Edinburgh institution. Formerly the Royal Museum it merged with adjoining Museum of Scotland in 2006 and houses an extraordinary showcase of artefacts from Scotland and around the world.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood HouseThe official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and the scene of many momentous moments in Scotland’s history. The nearby Queen’s Gallery and the Scottish Parliament building are other popular attractions worth a visit while in this part of the city.

Edinburgh Dungeon
Bringing 500 years of the city’s dark history to life, this themed attraction is just a stone’s throw from Princes Street and  is a popular draw for visitors to the city, with 11 actor-led shows and two nail-biting rides.

Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic GardenWith over 70 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, the gardens have offered a haven of tranquillity for visitors since 1670 and boast a wonderful view of the Edinburgh skyline. ‘The Botanics’ are also a world-renowned centre for the study of plants.

Scott Monument
Edinburgh - The Scott MonumentA Victorian Gothic memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, this soaring creation stands over 200 feet tall and those prepared to climb the 287 steps to the top are rewarded by a dizzying view of the city.

Open-top bus tours
An ideal way for those new to the city to get their bearings and to see the sights of Edinburgh. Hop aboard at Waverley Bridge, where the tours begin and end and where tickets can be purchased.

Half-day trips from Edinburgh

There are many wonderful attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh and our students based in the city have the opportunity to visit locations such as;

North Berwick
North BerwickLittle more than half an hour from Edinburgh by train, this popular and historic seaside town offers first-class beaches, boat trips and golf courses, with the High Street filled with a host of shops, cafes and places to eat. The Scottish Seabird Centre is a much-visited harbour attraction, while the ruined 14th Century Tantallon Castle is just three miles east of the town.

South Queensferry
South QueensferryJust ten miles to the north-west of Edinburgh and easily accessible by public transport, the town sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the rail and road bridges which span the water between Edinburgh and Fife. A host of historic buildings populate the town, while a boat trip to the beautiful Inchcolm Island is recommended.

LinlithgowAround 20 miles from Edinburgh, this historic Royal Burgh was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the well-preserved ruins of the Royal palace can be visited while enjoying a walk around the picturesque Linlithgow Loch. The Linlithgow Canal Centre operates boat trips along the Union Canal, while a host of sports and leisure facilities are also on offer.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn ChapelFeatured in the climax of Dan Brown's novel, Rosslyn Chapel is only 30 minutes from the city centre and is an architectural jewel. Wander the nearby well marked paths of Roslin Glen and view the ruined Castle.

Full Day trips from Edinburgh

Popular destinations for day trips from Edinburgh include locations such as;

StirlingThis compact yet thriving city is the perfect size for a day trip and boasts a rich selection of contemporary and historic attractions. A city with strong links to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, its most striking landmark is its castle, which while steeped in history is also a thriving arts and concert venue. Known as ‘the heart of Scotland’, Stirling is also home to our other Young Learner Summer Programme.

St Andrews
St. AndrewsProbably Scotland’s most celebrated coastal town, St Andrews is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and is popularly known as The Home of Golf. As the centre of religious life in medieval Scotland, it is not surprisingly awash with history and the ruins of the once-mighty cathedral are a must-see. Bracing walks can be enjoyed along the town’s beaches - perhaps the finest in Fife - and the town offers a host of interesting shops and places to eat.

GlasgowScotland’s largest city is just 45 minutes away from Edinburgh by train, with a frequent service linking the two cities. Glasgow itself is easy to get around thanks to an excellent public transport system, which includes buses, a subway and local train services. The city boasts a thriving cultural scene and is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. A wealth of museums, galleries, parks, gardens and historic buildings will leave you spoilt for choice when planning your visit.

Dates & Fees

A six week programme running from Sunday 24th June to Saturday 4st August 2018. Programme can be booked from 1 week up to 6 weeks. Start date any Sunday: 24th June 2018, 1st July 2018, 8th July 2018, 15th July 2018, 22nd July 2018 and 29th July 2018.

>> Full details can be found in our Brochure...

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Enrolment & Availability

To enquire about enrolling on a particular course please click on “Check Availabilty” and complete the simple form, by providing us with a few basic details.

We will review your enquiry and quickly let you know whether we can accept your enrolment. If places are available on the course requested these will be provisionally booked for you immediately. Our detailed enrolment form plus terms and conditions of booking will then be sent to you for completion and return. Once you return the completed enrolment form and pay the course deposit, a final booking confirmation will be issued. We would advise that flights should not be booked until a final booking confirmation is issued.

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