Your Scottish experience

Scotland is often voted the world’s most beautiful country and Glasgow really is one of the world’s friendliest cities. From stunning locations used in film and TV (think Harry Potter, Outlander, James Bond, Avengers) to world-class attractions, famous festivals and amazing outdoor activities, Scotland has a lot to offer.

Alongside your study, coming to Glasgow gives you a chance to experience Scotland first hand and we can’t wait to show you around!

We want to help you make the most of your visit, whether you are here for one week or eight weeks, so we provide a number of social and cultural activities for you to enjoy. These are included in your tuition fee.

Welcome to Glasgow

Before you even leave home, we will provide you with all the information you need in a pre-departure briefing. This will usually take place about 3 to 4 weeks before you are due to arrive and information will be sent to you via email. We’ll also meet you at Glasgow airport on arrival day, and transport you to your accommodation. For more information, see our pre-departure and arriving in Glasgow information page.


To make sure you have everything you need for your stay in Glasgow, we will host an orientation event for you on arrival (normally the day after you arrive, so you can settle in first!). We will show you around the campus, you’ll meet Summer School staff, and we will provide you with information, hints and tips to make sure you have a fun but safe with us.

A Scottish ceilidh

Pronounced “kay-lee”, a ceilidh is a traditional Scottish gathering (read: party!) with live folk music and Scottish dancing. That might sound a bit daunting, but don’t worry, instructions are provided for each dance! In previous years, we have hosted many ceilidhs and they’ve been so popular that students have asked to come to another one – that’s how much fun they are. We provide a buffet, to give you an energy boost between dances, and there will be a bar so you can get yourself refreshments too.

Evening social events

Get to know your fellow international students, make new friends and add to your social media and WhatsApp contacts at our evening social events. We might host a quiz, a pizza night, play adventure golf, take you to karaoke, or go on a mac ‘n’ cheese tour – there will be something for everyone.

Weekend trips and excursions

From the Borders to the Highlands, there’s so much to see in Scotland. Our weekend trips will give you a flavour of what’s on offer, showcasing stunning landscapes, vibrant cities and impressive castles and attractions.

In previous years, we have visited Edinburgh, including the Castle and the underground warren of hidden streets, concealing some of the city’s spookiest history; Stirling, including the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce fought off King Edward II of England in the first war of Scottish independence; we have visited amazing attractions including award-winning museums, art galleries, castles, and gardens; and we have visited coast and country, including the beautiful beaches of Ayrshire and the stunning valley of Glen Coe.

In 2024, we will offer a variety of trips, and all costs associated are included in your tuition fees, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your days out!