The Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS) was founded as a non-profit organisation 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.
Students and staff stay in single rooms in University accommodation at Pollock Halls, near the scenic Holyrood Park and within easy walking distance of the city centre and main campus. A modern complex of student residences, the halls contain a computer lab, refectory, restaurant, a shop and bars.
Students can book either standard or en-suite accommodation. Internet access is available in the bedrooms at Pollock Halls, as well as Edinburgh Universitys Main Library. Teaching takes place at George Square, which is a convenient 10-15 minute walk from the halls of residence.
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 our 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.
During the summer, Edinburgh hosts the largest arts and music festival in the world, which includes the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Jazz Festival. The cityscape is dominated by the extinct volcanoes of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle. The setting and wealth of architectural styles found in both the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town make it one of the most beautiful and lively cities in the world.
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