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Inlingua, Edinburgh
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Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.010 reviews
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0
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Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0
General English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 10
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590£ 563£
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Centre of English Studies (CES), Edinburgh
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Covid-19 Status:
School re-opening on 20 July 2020

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.09 reviews
Quality of teaching:

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0
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Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0
Standard General English - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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475£ 454£
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Study & Live in your Teacher's Home, Edinburgh

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.09 reviews
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Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0
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Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0
Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
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1920£ 1824£
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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.081 reviews
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0
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Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0
General English Part time - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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652£ 620£
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TLI English School, Edinburgh
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Covid-19 Status:
School re-opening on 31 August 2020

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0139 reviews
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0
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Rating: 3.0/5.0

3.0/5.0
General English - Full Time - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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320£ 304£
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British Study Centre, Edinburgh

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.04 reviews
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0
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Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7/5.0
General English Course 20 - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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580£ 580£
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Regent

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Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.038 reviews
English World - 25 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
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924£ 878£
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Kaplan International English, Edinburgh
General Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
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640£ 640£
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Mackenzie School of English, Edinburgh
English Plus - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 14
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505£ 482£
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Essential programme - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
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PLUS Junior Centre

Craiglockhart Campus
Premium Course - Campus Standard - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
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What our students said about Edinburgh

10
I had a tough time, as I was not familiar with...

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

Manami
Japan
10
BUY A transport ticket IMMEDIATE IF YOU DO NOT...

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

Kristina
Russia
8
There are friendly people in Edinburgh.

There are friendly people in Edinburgh.

Elena
Czech Republic
8
Edinburgh is a wonderful city. I strongly recommend...

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

Patricia Sofia
Venezuela
10
Ringrazio il sig. Hamish per la cura e l'attenzione...

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

Sebastiano
Italy
8
It was a nice city, but if I have to return......

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

Luca
Spain
10
amazing city!

amazing city!

Elisabeth
Spain
8
...

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

Carole
France
8
For the public transport by night: there is nothing,...

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
10
Edinburgh is a nice Ghotic city, full of historical...

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

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Edinburgh

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 | 9 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: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 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: Intensive General English Course - 11 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Patricia Sofia
Venezuela

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 | 10 reviews

teachers

23 October 2019
Course: General English + Spoken Performance - 1 week
Student age: 57 years

Grażyna
Poland

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 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: 4/5.0

4/5.0 | 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: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 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 - Full Time - 5 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Christina
Greece

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 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 - Full Time - 2 weeks
Student age: 48 years

Joanna
Poland

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

The teachers!

30 July 2019
Course: General English - Full Time - 1 week
Student age: 46 years

Helga
Germany

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 | 10 reviews

Teachers are very nice, very professional.

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

Marie-Christine
France

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

The teachers are all nice.

9 May 2019
Course: Intensive General English Course - 1 week
Student age: 57 years

Catherine
France

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

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

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

Federica
Italy

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 | 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: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 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 - Full Time - 3 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Annamária
Hungary

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 | 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: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

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

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

Francisco José
Spain

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

Great

28 November 2018
Course: General English - Full Time - 2 weeks
Student age: 38 years

Francesco
Italy

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

Teachers, cultural exchanges between students from different countries.

29 October 2018
Course: Intensive General English Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Elena
Italy

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

I think they have one really good teacher, who is VIX, but the rest that I had I felt that they didn't prepare their classes.
The director listened to me when I had any problems but just that.

12 September 2018
Course: Intensive General English Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Daniel
Spain

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

I really liked teachers and facilities in the school.
The biggest problem of school was the number of students speaking the same language. For the week of my stay I had 15 students in my group and 12 of them were Italian.

6 August 2018
Course: General English - Full Time - 4 weeks
Student age: 16 years

Borys
Poland

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 | 139 reviews

the relationship between students and teacher
No, thank you

31 July 2018
Course: General English - Full Time - 2 weeks
Student age: 15 years

Elsa
France

Key Facts about Edinburgh

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.

Population: 436,000

Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)

Region: Scotland, Edinburgh

Currency: GBP (1 GBP = 1.2623 USD)

Edinburgh quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8/5.0 (297 reviews by our former students)

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.

universities: 5 (rankings of universities in Edinburgh)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week: 306 £

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):3.25 £ (29% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type G
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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

Weather in Edinburgh

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Events in EdinburghBest time to take a language course in Edinburgh

August
Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival

07 August 2020 - 31 August 2020The Edinburgh Festival is the largest theatre festival in the world. Every August the city is taken over by the theatre world with performances of theatre, opera, music and dance. There is also a Fringe festival that runs concurrently with this festival where both known and unknown artists present works of all kinds with a tendency toward experimentation: theatre, comedy, circus, cabaret, musicals, spoken word and much much more.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival

15 August 2020 - 31 August 2020Edinburgh International Book Festival offers presentations and discussions from world renowned writers and world thinkers.

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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    FAQ about schools in Edinburgh

  • 'Pollock Halls Residence' at Basil Paterson is the best rated accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations.
  • The student price index in Edinburgh is 79.08. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Edinburgh with 4.8 stars out of 5.
  • In Edinburgh electricity is 230 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type G.
  • 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 Group, Business One-to-One.
  • Schools in Edinburgh offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: TEFL / TESOL, TOEIC, Cambridge First, Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency, IELTS, BULATS, Other exams.
  • In Edinburgh there are course packages where you can learn the following activities: English & Fitness, English & Arts.
  • See the climate table of Edinburgh and the event calendar of Edinburgh with events such as Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival.
  • 304£ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for an English course in Edinburgh. The average cost of a language course in Edinburgh is 331£ per week.

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