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English Language Schools in Edinburgh - Ranking 2022

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21 Best language schools in Edinburgh (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Edinburgh? Edinburgh, built on seven hills, is the capital of Scotland and has a ...
population of some 500.000 people. It is situated only a few kilometres from glorious countryside. The city has plenty of shopping, bars and restaurants. Edinburgh is forward-looking capital, full of art, culture, history and beauty. It hosts many art galleries and museums, five major performing-arts theatres and a year-round calendar of international festivals.
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What we like about Edinburgh
  • Fabulous array of festivals throughout the year.
  • Unique gothic architecture.
  • Beautiful countryside.
  • Lots of fun things to do especially in the evenings.
What we dislike about Edinburgh
  • Cold and rainy throughout the year.
  • High cost of living.
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What our students said about Edinburgh

Rating: 4/5

4.0

For the public transport by night: there is nothing, it was a problem to go to the accommodation ...by walk it was a long way! Shopping and museums close early and after the afternoon lessons there is not enough time for it!

Catherine
France

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Edinburgh is a nice Ghotic city, full of historical sites, museum and lots of shops. I enjoy this city a lot and Scottish people are so friendly and ironic! Scotland for me is the best place in the UK!

Federica
Italy

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Ringrazio il sig. Hamish per la cura e l'attenzione che ha posto su tutto. Tutto perfetto!!!

Sebastiano
Italy

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I had a tough time, as I was not familiar with the English spoken there.

Manami
Japan

Rating: 4/5

4.0

It was a nice city, but if I have to return... maybe it's too far :)

Luca
Spain

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Edinburgh is a wonderful city. I strongly recommend to visit it

Patricia Sofia
Venezuela

Rating: 5/5

5.0

BUY A transport ticket IMMEDIATE IF YOU DO NOT LIVE AT SCHOOL

Kristina
Russia

Rating: 4/5

4.0

It's a beautiful city. There are many museums.

Carole
France

Rating: 4/5

4.0

There are friendly people in Edinburgh.

Elena
Czech Republic

How our students rated their experience in Edinburgh

4.8

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall city attractiveness
306 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
Nightlife

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Public transport

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Climate

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Affordability

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Shopping

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Safety

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Edinburgh

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

It’s a very nice school. I love to studying here. I learned a lot and very useful.

28 March 2022
Course: General English Course 20 - 4 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Wing Sze
England UK

Rating: 4.6

4.6 | 12 reviews

The teachers were helpful and open-minded.

19 February 2020
Course: Standard General English - 1 week
Student age: 52 years

Elena
Czech Republic

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

The experience of learning English, enjoy a beautiful city and meet new people from different countries and speak English the more as you can

10 February 2020
Course: General English Course 30 - 11 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Patricia Sofia
Venezuela

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 4 reviews

The school was full of international students of all ages. Friendly staff Trained teachers who make you speak as much as possible about a real life topic

28 August 2019
Course: General English 15 Morning - 3 weeks
Student age: 44 years

Florence
France

Rating: 4

4.0 | 1 review

Plenary Season and meet other colleagues
Nice place and nice building. I think I will miss the school, the teachers, and the colleagues. Thank you so much. :D

27 August 2019
Course: Essential programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Luca
Spain

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

The best thing was my teacher with name Erin, she was perfect as teacher.
It was really good experience but I think that the number of people (students) in the classroom and the communication between the teachers, are two things that needs more organisation.

12 August 2019
Course: General English Course 20 - 5 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Christina
Greece

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

Teachers: Oli and Kate
Study room without a possibility to air it (impossible to open the windows and there is no air-con). In the summer, even when it's cloudy, it's unbearable. On top of that there was always a large group of students just on the other side of the door by the wall who talked very loudly. It does not help to think or to focus on studying. Apart from that, it would be much better if there weren't such big age differences in the same student group (between 12 and 49 y.o.) it would be better for adults to have a separate group. But the latter is not so important.

5 August 2019
Course: General English Course 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 48 years

Joanna
Poland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 11 reviews

Teachers are very nice, very professional.

14 July 2019
Course: General English - Morning - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

Marie-Christine
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

Teachers and all the people who were there!
i enjoyed the school a lot!

5 May 2019
Course: General English Course 20 - 1 week
Student age: 45 years

Federica
Italy

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

I appreciated the teaching methods and the fact that after the lessons you can participate in activities knowing even more people and the English

5 February 2019
Course: General English Full Time - 1 week
Student age: 18 years

Chiara
Italy

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

Small groups, friendly teachers
If it was possible I would stay longer because these 3 weeks were amazing. Thank you for everything!

28 January 2019
Course: General English Course 20 - 3 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Annamária
Hungary

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

The teachers and the other employees were super nice and taking the coures was a lot of fun. Since it was January, there was, unfortunately, no leisure program, but there was a good network among the students. The chairs with a foldable writing surface should be replaced; they are too small, grubby and the writing surfaces are no longer even. I missed a canteen, but the school size probably doesn't allow it. Overall, however, recommendable and if I manage, I'll be happy to become a repeat offender.

24 January 2019
Course: General English Course 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 44 years

Bianca
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

The teachers are professional and thoughtful.
Basil Paterson is a seriously good college, in a very central location. I really recommend this school.

7 January 2019
Course: General English Part time - 3 weeks
Student age: 37 years

Fabrizio
Italy

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 143 reviews

Very competent teachers, good facilities and reduced number of students.
A good place to learn English.

19 December 2018
Course: General English Course 30 - 5 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Francisco José
Spain

Interesting information about Edinburgh

Key Facts about Edinburgh

Mercer placed Edinburgh in position 45 in their latest ranking of quality of life.
Population: 436,000
Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)
Region: Scotland, Edinburgh
Currency: GBP (1 GBP = 1.2415 USD)
Visa: Nationals from USA 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.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 285 £
Average course price per week (Low season): 320 £
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:79* (21% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:58* (42% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:68* (32% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Scotland average):3.30 £ (29% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type G
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Edinburgh

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What to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland
The Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament
Arthur's Seat
Arthur's Seat
Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden
OldTown
OldTown
New Town
New Town
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Arrival Airport

Edinburgh (EDI) - 10 km. from Edinburgh city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 3,00 GBP, 25 minutes.

Main stops: Ingliston Road (Middle Norton), Edinburgh Princes Street

Every 10 minutes, 5,00 GBP, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Edinburgh Airport (Edinburgh Trams), Edinburgh Princes Street

Taxi: 25 £, 18 minutes drive to city center of Edinburgh

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Belfast City, Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, Jersey, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newquay, Norwich, Orkney Kirkwall, Southampton, Stornoway, Sumburgh Shetlands, Wick
  • USA: Chicago O'Hare International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark
  • Ireland: Cork, Dublin, Knock, Shannon
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International

Other destinations that were popular to combine with courses in Edinburgh

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FAQ about schools in Edinburgh

  • Centre of English Studies (CES) has received the best overall rating in Edinburgh.
  • Basil Paterson, located in 66 Queen St. has been voted as the school with the best location in Edinburgh.
  • Students rated Edinburgh with 4.8 stars out of 5.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Edinburgh is Edinburgh (11.0 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Edinburgh.
  • In Edinburgh the following courses are offered specifically for business English: Business English Group, Business English Private.
  • The host families are carefully selected by the school staff, based on your preferences informed on the enrolment form. If you have any specific requirements, please let us know and we can check the availability for you!
    Ana Carolina, Area Manager' from LanguageCourse.net

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