5 reasons to study English in Scotland


What makes Scotland special?

Scotland is home to historic cities, vibrant culture and spectacular natural scenery, which make it an exciting place to study English.

Students can experience Scottish traditions and practice speaking English with friendly local people. There are 15 English language centres to choose from in Scotland, so there are plenty of course options to suit any student.

Fall in love with some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes

When you study in Scotland, you’re never far from jawdropping scenery. In a day or weekend trip students can visit the Highlands, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, the Cairngorms National Park or Loch Lomond.

Visit Scotland’s Instagram feed will inspire you.

Hang out in exciting cities

Scotland’s cities are home to world-class museums, great shopping and cool cafes and bars. There are four cities for English language students to choose from: Glasgow (Scotland’s largest city), Edinburgh (Scotland’s capital) or Perth or Dundee, which are smaller in size.

Discover Scottish festivals and traditions

Scotland offers visitors unique local experiences: from Scottish folk music and dancing to whisky tasting. Plus, there are traditional celebrations like Burns Night and Hogmanay (Scottish new year).

The Edinburgh Festival in August is the world’s biggest arts festival, a whole month of comedy, theatre, music and dance.

Visit historic buildings and iconic filming locations

Scotland has countless beautiful castles that are steeped in history and often used as filming locations.

Doune Castle is a prime example: it was Castle Leoch in Outlander, Winterfell in Game of Thrones and also features in Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

Harry Potter fans can take a steam train ride on the West Highland Line, which took Harry to Hogwarts.

High-quality courses accredited by the British Council

You can find British Council accredited English language centre across the UK, and 15 of them are in Scotland!

There are year-round language schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Perth. Other locations open in the summer for young learner residential courses.

Travelling to the UK is easy

And remember, travelling is easy now that there are no travel restrictions to come to the UK. Find out more about UK travel.

Do you know someone who wants to study English in the UK soon?

We have lots of information to help you plan the trip.

Many students can study a short course in the UK without needing to apply for a visa before travel. Visit our visa information page to find out who needs a visa to study in the UK.

Not sure what course to choose? Find out about UK study options.