Family Group English Programme: Edinburgh

Why not combine a family holiday with learning new skills and experiencing the unique culture and history of Scotland? The Family Group Programme has been designed for youngsters aged 12-17 and their parents or adult family members. The programme is offered from September to June.

Scotland has breathtaking and stunning scenery, a unique history, castles and lochs, its own monster - the Loch Ness Monster - and is the "birthplace" of Harry Potter! 

The programme can be of two or three weeks duration based in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.

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The School

Our unbeatable city centre location at 45 Frederick Street means that many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions are right on our doorstep.

The school is situated in the upper floors of an 18th century townhouse and offers a selection of  eight bright, modern classrooms to suit various class sizes, free access to recreational PCs and wireless internet access throughout. All classrooms are equipped with modern technology. A large common room with a widescreen TV where students can meet up and relax makes this a very welcoming study environment. 

Getting to and from Frederick Street 

Our location in the heart of the city centre offers instant access to Edinburgh’s comprehensive public transport network and means our premises are ideally situated for access to and from host families and activity locations. All students are supplied with a local bus pass and will be accompanied to the school on their first day by a member of their host family. Full and up-to-date bus timetables and route maps can be accessed on the Lothian Buses Website.



Family groups are placed in host accommodation for the duration of the course, helping to ensure that our guests settle quickly in Edinburgh and take home fond memories of their time here. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and breakfast, lunch and dinner at weekends.

More information coming soon. Please contact us if you have any questions.

What's Included?

For  Children :

  • 15 hours per week of English language tuition 
  • Host family accommodation with parent or family member
  • Breakfast and Dinner with host (Monday to Friday)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with host at weekends. (packed lunch on day of full day sightseeing trip)
  • Lunch vouchers for use in a restaurant a few minutes walk from the school (Monday to Friday)
  • All transfers from and back to Edinburgh International airport including a “Meet and Greet” service
  • Local Bus Pass
  • All teaching materials as required
  • End of Course Certficate
  • Use of all school facilities
  • Two afternoon walking tours per week with a guide including entrance fees where applicable
  • One full day sightseeing trip per week with a guide including entrance fees where applicable.

For Adults :

  • Host family accommodation. Parent and child will be hosted with the same family.
  • Breakfast and Dinner with host (Monday to Friday)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with host at weekends. (packed lunch on day of full day sightseeing trip)
  • Lunch vouchers for use in a restaurant a few minutes walk from the school (Monday to Friday)
  • All transfers from and back to Edinburgh International airport including a “Meet and Greet” service
  • Local Bus Pass
  • Use of all school facilities eg PCs and WiFi
  • Two afternoon walking tours per week with a guide including entrance fees where applicable
  • One full day sightseeing trip per week with a guide including entrance fees where applicable.

A Typical Week

For Young Learners the main focus of the programme is English language tuition, every morning, Monday to Friday, and also sightseeing trips, family time with parents and time spent with Scottish host families each week.

Options are available for the adults & parents during the mornings such as learning English, attending the schools adult classes or undertaking additional sightseeing trips.

Discover the City

Scotland’s stunning capital is a wonderful city in which to study the English language.

Steeped in heritage yet colourfully cosmopolitan, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of historic and cultural offerings. Students attending our September-June courses are based in the heart of the city, with many of its finest attractions within walking distance.

Discover the city

There are no end of things to see and do in Edinburgh. The city is home to a wealth of museums and galleries, parks and gardens, theatres and cinemas, excellent shops and a host of sports venues. Just click on the links above to discover a range of places to visit within the city and beyond. 

Getting around Edinburgh

Our students will discover that our Frederick Street base is within walking distance of many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions. For slightly longer journeys, taxis are easily available, while Lothian Buses run frequent services throughout the city, including a late-night timetable. One of the best ways for those new to the city to see the sights is by hopping aboard one of the Edinburgh open-top bus tours. 


Edinburgh Highlights

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh CastleThere’s no missing the city’s most visited historic building, which sits high above Edinburgh and commands wonderful views. Dating from the 12th Century, the castle is built upon the plug of an extinct volcano and is steeped in Scottish history.

National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of ScotlandRe-opened in 2011 after a multi-million pound renovation, this magnificent 19th Century building is a much-loved Edinburgh institution. Formerly the Royal Museum it merged with adjoining Museum of Scotland in 2006 and houses an extraordinary showcase of artefacts from Scotland and around the world.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood HouseThe official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and the scene of many momentous moments in Scotland’s history. The nearby Queen’s Gallery and the Scottish Parliament building are other popular attractions worth a visit while in this part of the city.

Edinburgh Dungeon
Bringing 500 years of the city’s dark history to life, this themed attraction is just a stone’s throw from Princes Street and  is a popular draw for visitors to the city, with 11 actor-led shows and two nail-biting rides.

Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic GardenWith over 70 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, the gardens have offered a haven of tranquillity for visitors since 1670 and boast a wonderful view of the Edinburgh skyline. ‘The Botanics’ are also a world-renowned centre for the study of plants.

Scott Monument
Edinburgh - The Scott MonumentA Victorian Gothic memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, this soaring creation stands over 200 feet tall and those prepared to climb the 287 steps to the top are rewarded by a dizzying view of the city.

Open-top bus tours
An ideal way for those new to the city to get their bearings and to see the sights of Edinburgh. Hop aboard at Waverley Bridge, where the tours begin and end and where tickets can be purchased.

Half-day trips from Edinburgh

There are many wonderful attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh and our students based in the city have the opportunity to visit locations such as;

North Berwick
North BerwickLittle more than half an hour from Edinburgh by train, this popular and historic seaside town offers first-class beaches, boat trips and golf courses, with the High Street filled with a host of shops, cafes and places to eat. The Scottish Seabird Centre is a much-visited harbour attraction, while the ruined 14th Century Tantallon Castle is just three miles east of the town.

South Queensferry
South QueensferryJust ten miles to the north-west of Edinburgh and easily accessible by public transport, the town sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the rail and road bridges which span the water between Edinburgh and Fife. A host of historic buildings populate the town, while a boat trip to the beautiful Inchcolm Island is recommended.

LinlithgowAround 20 miles from Edinburgh, this historic Royal Burgh was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the well-preserved ruins of the Royal palace can be visited while enjoying a walk around the picturesque Linlithgow Loch. The Linlithgow Canal Centre operates boat trips along the Union Canal, while a host of sports and leisure facilities are also on offer.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn ChapelFeatured in the climax of Dan Brown's novel, Rosslyn Chapel is only 30 minutes from the city centre and is an architectural jewel. Wander the nearby well marked paths of Roslin Glen and view the ruined Castle.

Full Day trips from Edinburgh

Popular destinations for day trips from Edinburgh include locations such as;

StirlingThis compact yet thriving city is the perfect size for a day trip and boasts a rich selection of contemporary and historic attractions. A city with strong links to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, its most striking landmark is its castle, which while steeped in history is also a thriving arts and concert venue. Known as ‘the heart of Scotland’. 

St Andrews

St. AndrewsProbably Scotland’s most celebrated coastal town, St Andrews is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and is popularly known as The Home of Golf. As the centre of religious life in medieval Scotland, it is not surprisingly awash with history and the ruins of the once-mighty cathedral are a must-see. Bracing walks can be enjoyed along the town’s beaches - perhaps the finest in Fife - and the town offers a host of interesting shops and places to eat.

GlasgowScotland’s largest city is just 45 minutes away from Edinburgh by train, with a frequent service linking the two cities. Glasgow itself is easy to get around thanks to an excellent public transport system, which includes buses, a subway and local train services. The city boasts a thriving cultural scene and is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. A wealth of museums, galleries, parks, gardens and historic buildings will leave you spoilt for choice when planning your visit.

Dates & Fees

Enrolment & Availability

To enquire about enrolling on this course please use the  “Contact Us" page and complete the simple form, by providing us with a few basic details.

We will review your enquiry and quickly let you know whether we can accept your booking. If places are available on the course requested these will be provisionally booked for you immediately. Our detailed enrolment form plus terms and conditions of booking will then be sent to you for completion and return. Once you return the completed enrolment form and pay the course deposit, a final booking confirmation will be issued. We would advise that flights should not be booked until a final booking confirmation is issued.

It’s well organised. The teachers are good. They are aware of our mistakes and help correct them. I live with a host family and I now notice when they don’t correct my mistakes so the teachers are obviously having a beneficial effect on my English!
- Matthieu Zwahlen (Switzerland)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.