Scottish Universities' International Summer School

The Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS) was founded as a non-profit organization by Professor David Daiches in 1947. In the spirit of the Edinburgh International Festival, SUISS brings together students and academics who, irrespective of their national, religious, gender or cultural difference, share a love of literature.

SUISS is affiliated with seven prestigious Scottish universities: The University of Aberdeen, The University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow, The Open University in Scotland, The University of St Andrews and The University of Strathclyde. Throughout its 68 years, SUISS has achieved a high academic standing and has welcomed many distinguished literary scholars, critics and writers. Students have the opportunity to attend events, which include talks on art, film screenings, festival shows, and ceilidh dances and, as ever, the courses will be supplemented by readings by contemporary Scottish authors. Edinburgh is the first UNESCO World City of Literature, and is home to highly acclaimed authors such as JK Rowling, Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith to name just a few.

Around 4 million people visit the beautiful city every year, many of them for the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August – ‘the largest public celebration of the written word in the world’ – but many to explore the literary city and all it has to offer the book lover. SUISS coincides with the many Edinburgh Festivals, including the Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival against the glorious backdrop of the extinct volcanoes of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle.