University of Edinburgh: 2024 SUISS Summer Programs




2024 Program

The ESU has partnered with the University of Edinburgh through the Scottish Universities International Summer Schools program, also known as SUISS, to provide a variety of courses. These are multi-week courses ideally suited for secondary school teachers. Study literature, creative writing, or theater – or all three!


Text and Context

  • Modernism (July 8 – 20,2024) Lectures are complimented by visits to the Scottish Parliament, the National Gallery of Modern Art, and more!
  • Contemporary Literature (July 22 – August 3, 2024) Activities include a Ceilidh dance, a Burns Supper, and a formal evening recept ion at the beautiful Playfair Library.
  • Scottish Literature (August 5-17, 2024) Takes place during the Edinburgh festival season, and includes a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival among many other events.

The Text and Context course provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary study in Modernism, Scottish Literature, and Contemporary Literature, which examines literature from Britain and Ireland in the context of key social and cultural developments during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The dynamic and diverse characteristics of more than a hundred years of English, Irish, and Scottish texts are studied in conjunction with recent developments in literary theory.


Creative Writing (July – August, 2024)

The Creative Writing course is one of the most exciting and diverse programmes available in Britain. The four-week course offers developing writers a supportive environment in which to further their writing skills in fiction, poetry, and drama. Students have a unique opportunity to develop their own critical analysis by attending Modernism and Scottish Literature lectures, as well as author-led masterclasses.

There are 3 Creative Writing Course Options:
Option 1: July 8 – August 3, 2024 – Creative Writing
Option 2: July 8 – August 17,2024 – Creative Writing + Scottish Literature
Option 3: July 8 – August 17, 2024 – Creative Writing + Theatre & Performance


Theater & Performance (August 5 – 17, 2024)

The Theatre and Performance course offers a unique programme in the theory and practice of drama in Britain and Ireland today. This two-week course provides a challenging, dynamic and diverse introduction to contemporary theatre with a global impact. Students benefit from workshops offered by the Playwright’s Studio Scotland – Scotland’s only dedicated, independent development organisation for playwrights. The course takes place during the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, giving students the opportunity to attend exciting new productions alongside their study.



Below is a list of all the courses offered by SUISS. The dates of each program are listed below along with the cost in dollars. See more than one course that interests you? You can mix and match multiple courses, provided their dates do not conflict.


Text and Context Course Options
2024 Dates 2024 Price Per # of
Modernism July 8 – 20 2-$3000/4-$5500;6-$7500
Contemporary Literature July 22 – Aug 3 2-$3000/4-$5500;6-$7500
Scottish Literature August 5 – 27 2-$3000/4-$5500;6-$7500


Creative Writing Course Options (Modules) 2024 Dates 2024 Price Per # of Weeks/Courses 
Creative Writing July 8- Aug 3 4-$5500
Creative Writing + Scottish Literature July 8- Aug 17 6-$7500
Creative Writing +Theatre & Performance July 8-Aug 17 6-$7800


Theatre & Performance  Dates 2024 Price Per # of Weeks/Courses 
Theater and Performance August 5 – 17 2-$3400

4-$5400 + Contemporary Literature

6-$8200 + Modernism & Contemp Literature


Program cost includes accommodation in the Pollock Halls of Residence, University of Edinburgh, with 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 incidentals.




Every year, the ESU provides nearly 50 scholarships for classroom teachers in their communities. ESU scholarships are for current classroom teachers attending our multi-week courses at Shakespeare’s Globe, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford.

SUISS offers their own scholarships which are completely independent from the ESU. Please read below for more information.

You may also explore further scholarship and grant resources in our fundraising guide.



SUISS offers a number of scholarships to applicants. These opportunities can be explored in greater detail on their website. There are four opportunities which are open to American applicants:

  • Partial SUISS Scholarship – All applicants to SUISS programs are eligible to request a partial SUISS Scholarship, worth up to £500.
  • The Saltire Scholarship – Open to early-career teachers and academics looking to promote Scottish Literature. May only be applied to the Text & Context: Scottish Literature course.
  • The John McGrath Scholarship – Open to aspiring playwrights and may only be applied to the Theatre & Performance course.
  • The Elizabeth MacLennan Scholarship – Open to actors, performers, and related theater professionals and may only be applied to the Theatre & Performance course.

Please note that because these scholarships are offered by SUISS, staff in Edinburgh are best equipped to answer any and all questions. You can contact them through their website. SUISS is the authoritative source for any information related to their scholarships, not the ESU.




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

All students who successfully complete their course receive a certificate of attendance verifying the number of contact hours. Academic credit is optionally available for a modest fee.



This program is comprised of rigorous, graduate-level seminars. Students are strongly advised to read as many of the texts as possible before arriving in Edinburgh, as time will be limited once the program is underway. The lectures will be pitched high, and lecturers are advised that all students will be familiar with the texts at the time of lecture. To see the reading lists for the different courses, click on the course title: Text and Context, Creative WritingTheatre & Performance.




Application Instructions:

1. Download and complete the 2-page ESU SUISS application form for the course you wish to study at the folllowing link:

2. Compile your application materials:

  • One letter of recommendation from professional contact
  • Current CV
  • Proof of overseas health insurance (photo or scan of card)
  • One-page personal statement, detailing what you hope to gain from the course and how it will affect your teaching. Your statement should give evidence of your qualifications, writing abilities, motivation and adaptability to new circumstances. Please give some indication of your reading in relevant subjects.
  • Jpeg portrait style photo

All applications must be emailed to the ESU at by April 15th.



Cancellation Policy: For cancellations received in writing more than eight weeks prior to the start date of the course, 50% of the total course fee will be retained. The English-Speaking Union regrets that it will not be able to refund any part of the course fee within eight weeks of the start date of the course owing to accident, illness, or any travel disruption due to strike or terror. You are strongly urged to purchase adequate travel and health insurance which also protects against any emergency medical expenses or loss of personal property.

If you are unable to attend the program, you must notify the ESU immediately in writing at and when applicable cc the ESU Branch that awarded you an ESU TLab Branch Scholarship. Fees already paid to SUISS will be returned according to SUISS’ cancellation policy, as specified in their application and course information on their website.

ESU Branch TLab Scholarship Recipients: In addition to the cancellation policy as stated above, ESU Branch TLab Scholarship recipients will also be obligated to repay the ESU for any and all additional TLab fees such as stipend and/or airfare if disbursed or paid prior to departure in the event of a withdrawal.

If the State Department of the United States announces a “no travel” policy or SUISS cancels a program, fees paid to SUISS will be returned according to the SUISS’ cancellation policy, as specified in their materials.

International Airfare: It is highly recommended to all participants to book a changeable/refundable flight. ESU TLab Branch Scholarship recipients do NOT book international airfare until given permission by your ESU Branch.