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International HouseEdinburgh, Scotland

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4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overall school rating of International House, Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 11 English schools in Edinburgh
School
Location of the school
4.9 

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Facilities
4.2 

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Social activities
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Organisation
4.9 

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
4.8 

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years
0.0 

Rating: 0.0/5.0

(0)
Students 18-30 years
3.0 

Rating: 3.0/5.0

(3)
Students 31-49 years
4.8 

Rating: 4.8/5.0

(6)
Students 50+ years
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

(11)
What we like about the school
  • City centre location, buses and the tram stop directly outside the school.
  • The school offers a professional CV clinic to help you work on the language and content of your CV.
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation (4.8/5.0)
  • Top rated social activities (4.3/5.0)
What we dislike about the school
  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Inlingua Edinburgh is located in the enchanting Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. Housed in the centre of the city, students have everything they need in terms of cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and pharmacies within walking distance. With attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish National Gallery and the Edinburgh Dungeons within a 20-minute walk of the school, students are in a great place to receive top-quality tuition whilst enjoying the city of Edinburgh to its fullest.

School facilities: The facilities of this medium-sized school are excellent and designed to cater to the needs of students of all levels. These facilities include a library, lounge area, movie rentals, a student support desk and free after-class access to language learning software. All classrooms have heating, with most having an ample source of natural light to create the optimal learning environment.

Course selection: Course selection with Inlingua is extensive, with multiple choices to combine General English group lessons with additional private lessons as well as Spoken Performance. For more advanced students, Business English is available, in groups or privately, over a variety of schedules. Exam Preparation programmes in TOEIC, FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS exams are also available throughout the whole year.

Accommodation: Multiple options for Homestay accommodation are available, some of which come with the allocation of a private bathroom.

Edinburgh is an enchanting city with much to offer students. Inlingua consistently works to uphold high standards of care and tuition, giving students the best chance to enjoy the city accordingly.
  • International House operated previously under the name inlingua.
  • The language school International House was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005.
  • Legal name / parent company: Languages a la carte Ltd
  • Tax registration ID: GB865490981

English Courses

General Language
Private
Business
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

Information for all courses offered by International House

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
60.00 £
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Comments about courses

The daily coffee/tea breaks provide the perfect opportunity for you to practise your spoken English and meet students from around the world.

Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 49.50 £. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024 - 05 Oct 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.
Lessons needed per English language level
Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by International House, Edinburgh can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Videos & Photos

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  • Certificates of completion
    Certificates of completion2/30
  • Whisky Tasting.
    Whisky Tasting. 3/30
  • Trips
    Trips4/30
  • Students Lounge.
    Students Lounge. 5/30
  • Shandwick Place
    Shandwick Place6/30
  • students
    students7/30
  • Reception
    Reception8/30
  • In the classroom
    In the classroom9/30
  • In the classroom
    In the classroom10/30
  • Edinburgh Meadows
    Edinburgh Meadows11/30
  • Pub Night.
    Pub Night.12/30
  • Inlingua Edinburgh students
    Inlingua Edinburgh students 13/30
  • Student with certificate
    Student with certificate14/30
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  • Social Activities
    Social Activities16/30
  • classroom
    classroom17/30
  • Stairway
    Stairway18/30
  • Computer facilities
    Computer facilities 19/30
  • School team
    School team20/30
  • students
    students21/30
  • Siteseeing
    Siteseeing 22/30
  • 23/30
  • Sites
    Sites24/30
  • walking tour
    walking tour25/30
  • Princes Street Garden
    Princes Street Garden26/30
  • Picnic
    Picnic27/30
  • Park
    Park28/30
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  • Learning about Princes Street Garden
    Learning about Princes Street Garden30/30

International House

Accreditations and Quality seals
British councilEnglish UK
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:45
Student gender mix
25% male / 75% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at International House and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoMaestro - logoCash payment - logoVisa Debit - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Tourist information

  • Assistance with organizing transportation

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 8
    Number of public PC workstations: 3
    Paid parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 45
Throughout the year: 20
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 30 years
Throughout the year: 35 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
More information about airports around Edinburgh and how to get from the airport to Edinburgh on your own here on our Edinburgh page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from France do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
School fee for issuing the visa documents:
100 £
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
Europe: 50 £
,
North America: 100 £
,
South America: 100 £
,
Africa: 100 £
,
Oceania: 100 £
,
Asia: 100 £

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet1.5 km
Basketball-3 km
Cooking1.5 km
Cricket2 km
Dancing1.5 km
Field Hockey4 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf2.5 km
Horse riding10 km
Ice Hockey3 km
Mountainbiking4 km
Music-0.5 km
Rugby3 km
Sailing5 km
Skiing7 km
Squash3.5 km
Swimming1.5 km
Table Tennis2 km
Tennis3 km
Volleyball3 km
Windsurfing20 km
Yoga2 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Social Activities:

>> Welcome café
>> Conversational Pub Night


Walking Tours:

>> Old and New Town
>> Princes Street Gardens
>> Water of Leith and Dean Village
>> Arthur’s Seat
>> Calton Hill

Cultural Excursions

>> National Museum of Scotland
>> The Modern Art Gallery
>> The National Portrait Gallery

*food and drink not included

Adults - Paid activities

Social Activities:

>> Ceilidh Scottish Dancing.
>> Whisky Tasting.
>> Cultural Excursions.
>> The Scottish Parliament.
>> Jupiter Artland.
>> Rosslyn Chapel.
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Social Programme 2023.
Sample Social Programme 2023.

Accommodation

Ratings of International House compared to ratings of all schools in Scotland

 International House EdinburghAverage of all other schools in Scotland
Overall school rating4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Facilities4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Organisation4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Quality of teaching4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Value for money4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Homestay4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Shared flat4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Student opinions about International House, Edinburgh

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
All the staff/teachers I met at this school were very nice and helpful! Some teachers are very structured in their lessons, so that a lot of the content sticks. They reacted very flexibly and quickly to my request for a different level! The school is very well located, so it is easy to reach from all sides. I also found it very good that even those who still had classes in the afternoon could take part in the afternoon activities. The activities were interesting and you got to see something of the city.
Disliked
The classrooms are in a very old building on the third floor and are relatively small. The rooms are also very cold. Many of us sat in class with our jackets on. We were provided with a heater, but it did not manage to heat the room. The sanitary facilities are correspondingly old. The lounge is far too small for all the students during the break. Unfortunately, there are also teachers who are not very good at teaching the subject matter.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss I can only recommend that everyone take advantage of the activities offered by the school. You always learn something new and learn the language at the same time.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: I had booked the language school as part of the educational leave, so I had classes in the afternoon. If you are not happy with your placement, let me know immediately. They really try to find the right class.
Course: General English + Spoken Performance - 2 weeks
23. May. 2022
Liked
Social activities, and the friendly atmosphere between students and teachers, who are very good and prepared.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The city is fantastic
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Standard Homestay
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: General English Half-Day + Option: IELTS Exam Preparation - 4 weeks
12. Dec. 2016
Liked
Small school, you quickly find your way around, family atmosphere
Disliked
Classroom was cold (old building), but this was fixed on request
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Good, but little teaching material, mainly conversation
Other comments Staff are very friendly and helpful
Course: Business English Mini Group - 1 week
3. Apr. 2024
Liked
The friendly and welcoming staff and atmosphere.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Take a Highland Tour and visit the Scotts Memorial or Carlton Hill for stunning views of Edinburgh.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Standard Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Unfortunately speaking tasks or presentations were barely part of the lessons.
Course: General English Half-Day + Option: Spoken Performance - 2 weeks
5. May. 2015
Liked
Teachers and staff were so kind and friendly.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Standard Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: FCE Preparation Course [Inglés] - 4 weeks
5. Aug. 2019
Liked
Teachers are very nice, very professional.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: General English  - 1 week
14. Jul. 2019
Liked
Very competent teachers.
Disliked
Small classrooms (loud).
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Interesting.
Course: General English + Spoken Performance 22.5 hours  - 1 week
11. Mar. 2024
Liked
Small classes
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: General English + Option: Spoken Performance - 2 weeks
22. Jun. 2018
Liked
Organisation
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: General English + Spoken Performance - 4 weeks
31. Oct. 2022
Liked
Teachers
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Executive Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: General English + Spoken Performance - 1 week
23. Oct. 2019

Map  

40 Shandwick Place - EH2 4RT Edinburgh
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Questions and answers about International House

  • No, this school only offers homestay accommodation.
    Louise Granath, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 28, 2022
  • The homestay is usually arranged from Saturday to Saturday, Sunday to Sunday or Sunday to Saturday – depending on availability. We do offer the option to book a few extra nights accommodation but not another full week, unfortunately.
    Julia, from IH Edinburgh - Dec 12, 2023

FAQ about International House, Edinburgh

  • English courses at International House start at 328 £ for General English - Morning 15 hours course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Standard Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of International House
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at International House varies from 1 students (Private Lessons 15 hours) to 10 students (General English + Spoken Performance 22.5 hours)
  • 100% of teachers at International House hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at International House comes from Poland with a 25% representation, followed by students from Germany (12%) and Switzerland (11%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • International House offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 30 during the summer and 35 for the rest of the year.

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