Indulge your love of creative writing and meet accomplished British writers

Study abroad at Scottish Universities' International Summer School is ideal for students with a penchant for creative writing or a passion for British literature. You will have the opportunity to work with accomplished British writers and study with students from around the world.

The short-term, intensive courses run for two or three weeks and credit can be awarded at either the undergraduate or graduate level. You have the choice of attending one or multiple of these courses:

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

Your literature courses will include an intensive program of lectures and seminars. The Creative Writing course provides workshops and seminars in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and writing for the screen and for children. You can participate in any of the terms independently, or if you are interested in extending your stay, you can 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. You’ll be encouraged to freely interact with these distinguished scholars and personalities, sharing your ideas and observations with them and other visiting students.

  • 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 and Brian McHale.
  • This program takes place at a time when Edinburgh is particularly lively as it coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival, and the International Book Festival.
Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2014 7/6/2014 7/19/2014 2.5-7.5 $3,400 3/31/2014 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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