Edinburgh School of English was founded in 1969 and has gained a reputation as one of the UK’s leading English language schools.  Over the years, it has developed a variety of intensive English language courses to suit both adults and young learners.  Previously located on the Royal Mile in the Old Town, the school is now located in Queen Street in the heart of the New Town and in the magnificent Georgian building of the Basil Paterson College campus.

The programmes for 17 year olds and over, available all year round, are designed for general English purposes, professional English purposes and academic purposes, with preparation for Cambridge and IELTS examinations.

Edinburgh School of English also offers language courses during the summer for children and teenagers aged 13-17 years old. These intensive programmes combine our philosophy of learning English in a fun way with a cultural and activity programme that ensures our young learners speak as much as possible during their stay.

Students who want to study English in Scotland find that Edinburgh School of English, set in a welcoming and friendly city, offers the perfect language experience.


At  Edinburgh School of English:

  • Our staff are committed to excellent service and programme delivery
  • We offer you the benefit of 50 years’ teaching experience
  • You will receive personal support and attention to help you make maximum progress
  • Classes take place in a historic building uniquely located in the heart of Edinburgh
  • We organise a programme of social activities to help you use your English as you enjoy all that Scotland’s rich culture has to offer.
  • Class use of all learning materials is provided in school. 

Edinburgh is the breathtakingly beautiful capital of Scotland and an exciting place to visit at any time of the year. The city offers a vibrant cultural life with superb sightseeing, historic buildings to explore, galleries and museums to intrigue you, and a vast array of shops, restaurants and cafes to suit a wide range of tastes.

Every summer, the city hosts the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and the Festival Fringe. Edinburgh is also a perfect base to explore Scotland's highlands and islands, with their rugged coastlines, mountains, lochs and glens.