Scottish Universities' International Summer School

  • Study abroad at Scottish Universities' International Summer School is ideal for students with a penchant for creative writing or a passion for British literature.

  • Students will have the opportunity to work with accomplished British writers and study with students from around the world.

  • Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical riches of Edinburgh, Scotland's beautiful capital city.

  • These programs are also available for graduate credit. For more information, see this page.


These short-term, intensive programs run for two or three weeks and credit can be awarded at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Students have the choice of attending one or multiple of the following programs:

  • Term One: Literature – Modernism (2 weeks)
  • Term Two: Literature – Scottish Literature (2 weeks)
  • Term Three Literature – Contemporary Literature (2 weeks)
  • Creative Writing (4 weeks)

All of these courses can be taken independently or, if you are interested in extending your stay, it is possible to participate in more than one literature program or combine the Creative Writing program with Contemporary Literature. 

The literature courses provide an opportunity to hear leading novelists, poets, literary critics, and historians discuss the social, historical and theoretical influences that have impacted modern British literature. Prominent speakers in the past have included:

  • David Daiches
  • Cairns Craig
  • Arthur Marwick
  • Terry Eagleton
  • Toril Moi
  • Christopher Harvie
  • Samuel Hynes
  • Bernard Crick
  • Catherine Belsey
  • Philip Hobsbaum
  • Randall Stevenson
  • Brian McHale

The SUISS encourages you to freely interact with these distinguished scholars and personalities, sharing your ideas and observations with them and other visiting students.

Whether you participate in Modernism, Scottish Literature, Contemporary Literature or a combination of the above, your courses will include an intensive program of lectures and seminars. You will attend lectures each weekday morning and seminars four times a week.

The Creative Writing course provides experience in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and writing for the screen and for children. You'll benefit from an excellent opportunity to sharpen your creative writing skills through workshops and seminars.

Students participating in the program will find that the dates coincide with the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival, and the International Book Festival.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

  • Term One: Literature – Modernism 2.5 credits
  • Term Two: Literature – Scottish Literature 2.5 credits
  • Term Three Literature – Contemporary Literature 2.5 credits
  • Creative Writing – 4 credits

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For the literature programs, you are required to submit a second academic reference. At least one reference should be from an English faculty member. Please download the form, or you may have your reference send a letter on the letterhead of his/her institution. There is a special application form you must also complete for this program.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • March 31