English Language Education

Pre-arrival Information

Information about getting to English Language Education at the University of Edinburgh and what to expect.

Travelling by Air: Lost Luggage

Transit passengers often experience problems with luggage being delayed or lost. Here are some tips that may help you to avoid problems.

Travelling from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh airport is located approximately 14km west of the city centre. There are a number of ways to travel into Edinburgh City Centre from the airport. Please see the links below for more information

  • Lothian Buses Website.
  • Taxi to ELE/accommodation - 25 minute journey - approximately GBP 25.00 for a single journey. The taxi rank is signposted from the terminal building.
  • Further information on Edinburgh's transport system is available here: http://transportforedinburgh.com

Travelling from Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Waverley station is located 1km from our main campuses. Students should take a taxi to travel from the station to accommodation. The taxi rank is located in the Market Street.

Travelling from Edinburgh Bus Station

The bus station is located in the centre of Edinburgh and is 1.5km from our main campuses. Students should take a taxi to travel from the bus station to accommodation. The nearest taxi rank is in North St Andrew Street.

A typical first day

Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an information pack from us which contains details of where to go and what time you should arrive on your first day of class. Please make sure you read and follow these instructions to avoid arriving late. If you require further assistance, please contact us.

On your first day it is likely that you will sit a short test so we can place you in the most suitable class for your level. You will meet your new class mates and classes start in the afternoon.

Resources to help you prepare for study in the UK.

Prepare for Success

Many international students feel unprepared for academic life and study in the UK. For this reason, the first resource we recommend to international students is the Prepare for Success website:

“Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.”

Prepare for Success

The learning resources on the Prepare for Success website can be used in any order by clicking on a title. Alternatively, you can use them through the 'study pathways' page if you would like to search by skill or topic.

Epax Academic Writing

This course teaches you the key features of academic writing. It has 3 sections (10 units), about 35 hours of work in total, consisting of movie tutorials and pages of notes, exercises and models. It is suitable for self-study, and is aimed at both home and international university students.

Epax Academic Writing can be accessed through Learn. Simply log in to Learn and click on the Self Enrol tab. Then under Self Enrol (Students) you will see English Language Education (ELE) courses. Epax Academic Writing can be found there. Simply click Enrol to access the materials. 

(Note: you can only access this course when you have received your University of Edinburgh UUN and EASE password.)