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University of Edinburgh (2-6 week courses): Text and Context; Creative Writing; Theater & Performance

Text and Context:  July 10 - August 19, 2017

  • Modernism: July 10 - 22, 2017
  • Scottish Literature: July 24 - August 5, 2017
  • Contemporary Literature: August 7 - 19, 2017

Creative Writing:  July 10 - August 5, 2017

Theater & Performance:  August 7 - 19, 2017

Who should apply?

This is a competitive, intensive program, ideally suited for secondary school teachers.

Course Requirements

Text and Context and Theater & Performance course applications require two reference letters.  Creative Writing course applications require one reference letter as well as a writing sample.  See Scottish Universities' International Summer School application checklist for further details.

Texts assigned prior to course. Written work dependent on course and graduate credit.

Program Cost

Ranges between £1,431 - £4,519. See Scottish Universities' International Summer School website for details.

Text and Context 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks
£1431 £2752 £4150
Creative Writing Option 1: Creative Writing (4 weeks) Option 2: Creative Writing + Contemporary Literature (6 weeks) Option 3: Creative Writing and Theater & Performance (6 weeks)
£2968 £4190 £4519
Theater & Performance Option 1: Theater & Performance (2 weeks) Option 2: Theater & Performance + Scottish Literature (4 weeks) Option 3: Theater & Performance + Modernism + Scottish Literature (6 weeks)
£1796 £3080 £4335
Credit Fees 1 course 2 courses 3 courses
£70 £100


Program cost includes accommodation in the Pollock Halls of Residence, University of Edinburgh and breakfast and dinner at the Pollock Halls cafeteria.  Housing with en-suite accommodation is available at an additional cost.

Program cost does not include travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, additional meals, or any other incidentals.

Refund Policy

Scholars will adhere to the SUISS refund and cancellation policies.  ESU Branch Scholarship recipients will sign a contract with their Branch wherein they are required to repay the entire scholarship amount (concurrent with SUISS's refund and cancellation policies) if for any reason they must cancel their course of study or are unable to complete the course.

Professional Development Contact Hours and Credit

  • Text and Context, 34 hours
  • Creative Writing, 60 hours
  • Theater and Performance, 30 hours 

All students who complete their course receive a certificate of attendance.  Credit is available for a modest fee, though not compulsory.  


May be available from your local ESU Branch.  Click here for a list of branches offering scholarships as well as further scholarship and grant resources. 

More Information

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Program Extras for ESU Teacher-Scholars

  • "Debating in the Schools" Seminars with educators from the ESU Scotland (tentative)
  • "Taking it Back Home" or seminars on teaching applications for the US classroom.
  • Continue the conversation back at home with membership in the ESU and ESU Teacher-Scholar Consortium.

Application Details

Download the application form for your program here. Mail form, together with supporting documents and four passport-sized photos, to: 

The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016 

Application Deadline
March 10, 2017
Scholarship candidates will have earlier deadlines.

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