Young Learner English Language Summer Programme Stirling

Our Young Learner Summer Programme for 11-17 year-olds, which is based at the campus of Stirling University, combines first-rate English language tuition with full-board accommodation and a wealth of holiday activities, including regular sightseeing trips.

The campus provides a scenic and secure environment for students and offers a wide range of facilities on their doorstep. We welcome bookings from both groups and individuals, with individual students usually making up 30% of the total numbers. We also maintain a good blend of nationalities, with the mix in previous years including students from Spain, Italy, China, Switzerland, Russia and Portugal.

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The School

The beautiful surroundings of Stirling University’s campus, located less than two miles from the city centre, are centred around a large loch and the 18th century Airthrey Castle, affording wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. This  programme offers a high-quality, contemporary learning environment with a superb range of educational, sport and leisure facilities on site. These include a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool and the MacRobert arts centre, which hosts a theatre and cinema.

Getting to and from campus

With classes, accommodation and much of the timetabled activity taking place on campus, transport is required only to reach the city centre - and that is only a matter of minutes away by bus. It’s also a pleasant walk if you’re feeling energetic!

All students joining the programme as part of a group will be transferred directly to the campus from their arrival airport, with the return airport transfer also included. Individual students travelling to Stirling independently can also be met on arrival in Scotland if required and transferred to the campus. The price for individual transfers can be provided on request.


On-campus residential accommodation offering new, modern facilities. Located close to the loch in the centre of the campus, every single bedroom has an ensuite shower room.

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 activities & excursions
  • Ensuite residential accommodation and all meals
  • Transfers to & from Edinburgh/Glasgow International airports
  • All teaching materials
  • End of Course Certificate and Progress Report
  • One full day and two half day, off-campus, supervised trips per week.

A Typical Week

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

English lessons are supplemented by a wide range of sporting activities in addition to art and drama, movies and quizzes. Students have also been known to enjoy a ghost walk though the historic streets of Stirling’s old town as well as attending a Scottish  Highland Games! An excellent selection of local excursions and trips outwith Stirling are included during each week of the course.

Discover the City

A little gem of a city, Stirling is set in the heart of Scotland and offers something for everyone. Overlooked, like Edinburgh, by its medieval castle, Stirling’s historic character is accompanied by a contemporary buzz.

While providing all the attractions of a thriving city, its compact size makes it easy to get around. Students attending our Young Learner Summer Programme at Stirling University’s picturesque and superbly-resourced campus are just minutes from the city centre by bus, while the charming Bridge of Allan is also within easy reach.

Discover the city

Stirling may be compact in comparison to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but its rich history - which includes enduring links to the historic Scottish figures William Wallace and Robert the Bruce - lends it a substantial presence. Our Young Summer Learner timetable includes visits to several of the city’s most popular attractions, while a selection of longer excursions are also on the agenda. Click on the adjacent links to find out more.

Getting around Stirling

Our summer students will soon discover that the vast majority of their daily destinations can be reached on foot, with the campus host to their classes, accommodation and many of their timetabled activities. Transport is provided for longer-distance excursions, while regular bus services connect the campus with nearby Stirling city centre. Taxis are also readily available.

Stirling Highlights

Students studying on our Stirling Courses will  have the opportunity to visit some of the following attractions.

Stirling Castle
Stirling CastleThis dramatic medieval fortress, which stands high above the city, has a long and turbulent history and is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. Several Scottish kings and queens have been crowned here, while today it is also a is also a thriving arts and concert venue. An extensive restoration of the castle’s renaissance royal palace was completed in 2011 and includes four giant tapestries and the installation of replicas of the Stirling Heads - carvings which date from the mid 14th Century.

Wallace Monument
The Wallace MonumentBuilt to commemorate the 13th Century Scottish hero William Wallace, this towering Victorian landmark stands upon the Abbey Craig and those who climb the 246-step spiral staircase are afforded expansive views of the Ochil Hills and Forth Valley. Inside, the Wallace Sword is among a number of artefacts believed to have belonged to the legendary warrior.

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Stirling Smith MuseumOne of the city’s landmark buildings, the Stirling Smith is dedicated to the promotion of cultural and historical heritage and the arts. Formerly known as The Smith Institute, it was founded in 1874 at the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith and its rich showcase of old and new exhibits makes for a fascinating visit.

Bridge of Allan
Bridge of AllanLess than three miles from Stirling city centre, and an easy walk from the university campus, this charming village, which sits by the picturesque Allan Water, developed into a spa town during the Victorian era. A range of short walks, and a selection of shops and cafes make it an ideal destination for those seeking to while away a quiet afternoon.

Half-day trips from Stirling

Full Day trips from Stirling

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

Edinburgh - The Scott MonumentOur scheduled day trip to Scotland‘s stunning capital city includes a tour of the historic Royal Mile and a visit to the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh also plays host to our  Young Learner Summer programme in addition to our September-June group programmes and you can find out more about the city on the Edinburgh Location page.

GlasgowA timetabled day trip to Scotland’s largest city features a visit to the spectacular new Riverside Transport Museum as well as a tour of the city and the opportunity to enjoy some shopping. Glasgow is also home to our English & Football Academy programme and you can learn more about the city on the Glasgow Location page.

The Trossachs
Steamship Sir Walter ScottCovering over 700 square miles of lowland landscapes, mountains, lochs, rivers and forests, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland. A hugely popular visitor attraction, the park offers a wide range of land and water-based activities. Loch Katrine lies in the heart of the Trossachs and our day trip includes a sailing of the loch aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott.

Dates & Fees

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.

They teach you in a good way and make the lessons fun, not boring.  The people at Reception are really nice too and the classrooms and facilities are all quite new. 

Glasgow School of English is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.