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Reviews of Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Total number of reviews: 69
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland
4.2/5.0 
(69 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.3/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.2/5.0 
Value for money 3.5/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.4/5.0 
other 4.1/5.0 
Individual Reviews
22. Sep. 2016
1. (59 years)  -  Denmark
1. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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Good atmosphere and friendliness
20. Jun. 2016
2. (18 years)  - 
2. Cambridge Proficiency Preparation Course - 6 weeks

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Small classes, very competent teacher
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Museums with free admission, Arthur's Seat, day trip to Glasgow
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totally recommendable
6. Jun. 2016
3. Martina (21 years)  - 
3. IELTS Examination Preparation Course - 4 weeks

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12. Apr. 2016
4. (59 years)  - 
4. Combination 5 (20 group+5 individual) - 1 week

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Teachers were enthusiastic.
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Have your opinion.
1. Sep. 2014
5. (61 years)  - 
5. Cambridge First Certificate Preparation Course - 4 weeks

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Pollock Halls Residence
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KINDNESS AND WILLINGNESS KINDNESS AND AVAILABILITY
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THE CLIMATE IN EDINBURGH is TERRIBLE
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ONLY PROBLEM FOR ME: TOO MANY STAIRS WITHOUT ELEVATOR
28. Aug. 2013
6. Daniela (50 years)  - 
6. General English Full Time - 3 weeks

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17. Jun. 2013
7. (19 years)  - 
7. Cambridge Advanced Preparation Course - 8 weeks

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The CAE preparatory course.
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Not all teachers managed to make challenging lessons.
9. Sep. 2012
8. Izaskun (37 years)  -  Spain
8. Part time - 2 weeks

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29. Aug. 2012
9. Elisa (17 years)  - 
9. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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11. Nov. 2011
10. (69 years)  - 
10. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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bonne relation avec les enseignants _très disponibles
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je suis ravie de cette expérience
26. Oct. 2011
11. (33 years)  - 
11. General English Full Time - 3 weeks

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The full-time course leaves very little time during the week to go sightseeing. You must also study after school.
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Some class rooms are very spacious. Grammar books and dictionaries should be included in the price of the course.
17. Sep. 2011
12. (49 years)  - 
12. Part time - 1 week

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The organization is good and the reception too.
13. Sep. 2011
13. (25 years)  - 
13. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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Limited number of students in class and availability of the teachers.
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There are many Italians .. even in the same class .. the school ensures the presence of only one student per nationality in accommodation only...
16. Jul. 2011
14. (36 years)  - 
14. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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Good lessons, nice teachers.
6. Dec. 2010
15. (38 years)  -  Belgium
15. IELTS Examination Preparation Course - 8 weeks

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Excellent teacher.
18. Oct. 2010
16. (45 years)  - 
16. General English Full Time - 4 weeks

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Doing a Full time course, in my opinion, is not worth it. You are too tired in the evening and you cannot focus properly. The speaking class is not worth it because all you do is talk to your classmates (who are likely to make the same mistakes) and the teacher cannot correct everybody. Besides, Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, offers a teaching course for English teachers and you can sometimes get free conversation classes during their training.
Other comments
Ask the school to give you a signed document (by the family) where their obligations are clearly specified. So that you ensure that the family is on the same pace and you avoid possible misunderstandings at a later stage. I mean: meals during the weekend, cleaning service twice a week, linens and towels, possibility to use the television lounge...For the families, this is just business, and some of them only offer you a room and meals and that's it. Do not expect them to give you conversation. We expect them to chat with you, watch tv, etc., and in many cases, they don't do that.
6. Oct. 2010
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17. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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Teachers were very motivated, so that the students also had fun while learning. And there were a lot of oportunities for conversation
8. Sep. 2010
18. Ilenia (31 years)  - 
18. Full time - 2 weeks

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2. Sep. 2010
19. Cristina (24 years)  - 
19. Part time - 2 weeks

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30. Aug. 2010
20. Amaia (29 years)  - 
20. General English Full Time - 3 weeks

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24. Aug. 2010
21. Elena (24 years)  - 
21. Part time - 4 weeks

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11. Aug. 2010
22. (27 years)  - 
22. Part time - 3 weeks

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The classes were enjoyable ,very clear explanations.
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The food is not nothing special ...
27. Apr. 2010
23. (61 years)  - 
23. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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Very nice staff.
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You have to stay at least 4 weeks if you want to increase your english.
26. Apr. 2010
24. (46 years)  - 
24. General English Full Time - 1 week

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Excelent education and polite manners.
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The homework in the pub (English Conversation).
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Missing the red thread.
6. Apr. 2010
25. (30 years)  - 
25. General English Full Time - 1 week

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requires a certain commitment
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beautiful city, great school, no problem
6. Apr. 2010
26. (68 years)  - 
26. General English Full Time - 1 week

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professionalism
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You must have a minimum knowledge of the language
6. Apr. 2010
27. (64 years)  - 
27. General English Full Time - 1 week

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highest satisfaction
7. Jan. 2010
28. Floren (36 years)  - 
28. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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26. Oct. 2009
29. (36 years)  - 
29. General English Full Time - 4 weeks

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The accommodation in the host family and the teachers
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The classrooms are poor and often very small
15. Oct. 2009
30. (17 years)  -  Germany
30. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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The friendly people
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their camera
15. Oct. 2009
31. (23 years)  - 
31. Part time - 3 weeks

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the attention of the staff and faculty
3. Oct. 2009
32. (22 years)  - 
32. General English Full Time - 4 weeks

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1. Oct. 2009
33. Alberto (22 years)  - 
33. Part time - 3 weeks

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1. Oct. 2009
34. Clara (22 years)  - 
34. Part time - 3 weeks

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1. Oct. 2009
35. Claudio (56 years)  - 
35. Part time - 3 weeks

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3. Sep. 2009
36. Neus (54 years)  - 
36. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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2. Sep. 2009
37. (54 years)  - 
37. General English Full Time - 3 weeks

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It was very friendly
16. Jun. 2009
38. Amedeo (52 years)  - 
38. General English Full Time - 2 weeks

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9. Mar. 2009
39.  - 
39. General English Full Time - 4 weeks

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nice students, nice teacher
2. Mar. 2009
40. (20 years)  - 
40. Part time - 1 week

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students from all arround the world
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the pub crawl every friday night arranged by the school
16. Nov. 2008
41. Asunción (25 years)  - 
41. Part time - 3 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
42. (21 years)  -  Spain
42. Part time - 3 weeks

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the organization
22. Oct. 2008
43. Hugo (19 years)  - 
43. IELTS Examination Preparation Course - 3 weeks

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28. May. 2008
44. (21 years)  - 
44. Full time course (30 lessons/week) - 2 weeks

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You shall hire a car and go to the Highlands! Wonderful!
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The school is really good: young teacher, mixed people and much fun with everybody! That's the best way to learn English! I can recommend this school to everyone!
19. Nov. 2007
45. (28 years)  - 
45. TeamStudy 20 - Low Season - 3 weeks

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The teachers' approach.
13. Nov. 2007
46. (43 years)  -  Switzerland
46. TeamStudy 26 - Low Season - 4 weeks

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excellent teachers
30. Aug. 2007
47. Maria Denisa (26 years)  - 
47. TeamStudy 20 - Low Season - 3 weeks

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29. Aug. 2007
48. (19 years)  - 
48. Team Study 30 - High Season (July/August) - 3 weeks

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7. Sep. 2006
49. (19 years)  - 
49. IELTS Full-time programme - 4 weeks

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Very expensive city
16. Aug. 2006
50. (25 years)  - 
50. TeamStudy 20 - 4 weeks

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Internet connection. The teachers. The building.

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