Short Courses

Scottish Universities' International Summer School

The Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS) runs courses in British and Irish literature and creative writing.

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Based at the University of Edinburgh, the school’s courses are for undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers from all over the world.

The programme

The summer programme provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary course covering the period 1900 to the present.

It examines literature in Britain and Ireland in the context of the major changes and developments in British and Irish society and culture.

Our new Scottish Literature course will return as a prominent part of this year's programme.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers of established scholarly reputation give daily lectures on major authors and critical developments.

Lecturers have included Professors Andrew Gibson, Edward Larrissy, John Drakakis, Laura Marcus, Martin Stannard, Nicholas Grene and Terence Brown.

The Creative Writing Programme has included masterclasses by Neil Gaiman, Michael Rosen, Leontia Flynn, Douglas Maxwell, James Robertson and Chris Dolan.

The Social and Cultural Programme has included readings by Louise Welsh, Brian McCabe, A.L. Kennedy, John Burnside and Tom Leonard.


The School runs for a total of six weeks, and offers a continuous programme of study.

Students may choose to come for the full programme, or attend either the first, the second or the third two-week term, or any combination thereof.

More details are available on the Summer School website.

Fees, accommodation and how to enrol

Full details of courses, fees, accommodation, scholarships and how to enrol are available from the Summer School.