Language studies for professionals: BSC Edinburgh

Key points

  • Highly accredited English language and teacher training centre
  • Tailor-made classes focussing on active communication
  • Varied social programme
  • A financial, cultural and academic hub, also renowned for golf, whisky and beautiful natural scenery

The school

School size
M
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
years
Average age
28 years
Nationality mix
Italy, Switzerland, Spain, etc..

Well-being and language skills come together in a fantastic location!

Located in the very heart of Scotland’s capital city, BSC Edinburgh is based in a stunning Georgian building in one of the most beautiful areas in town. It includes 12 classrooms spread over three floors some of them with views over Edinburgh Castle. Lots of books and magazines are available in the library for students to borrow or use on-site, along with hot and cold drinks. There is also a well-equipped computer room (internet ready computers, CDs, CD-ROMs), study centre, and free Wi-Fi access throughout the building. The school is surrounded by shops, bars, restaurants and cafés which is perfect for you to get a taste of local life without having to stray too far from the language centre.

The school’s skills and expertise will be demonstrated as soon as you arrive. You will already have submitted your needs’ analysis and may have chosen to have a skype interview to assess your level of English, and on the first day you will have a conversation with a member of the teaching staff to assess your specific requirements. These measures guarantee a productive language stay and fast progress, and you will gain confidence in your skills in the shortest possible time.

The teaching staff is committed to developing your English comprehension and expression skills. The teachers work hard to help you spot your errors and achieve fluency in speaking. The teachers' skills and commitment go hand in hand with their desire to see the students reach a high language level in their field as quickly as possible.

You will benefit from having a teaching plan that has been tailor-made to suit you. The teaching will focus purely on specific skills that you need to develop and thus you will improve at a fast rate.

During lesson time, the teachers use specially developed books on various topics as well as specialist newspapers, websites and other materials.

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4.2/5
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100% of students recommending this school

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11 students gave their opinion about this school

58 years old - Switzerland
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1 week, October 2017
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58 years old - Switzerland
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1 week, October 2017
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53 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
1 week, September 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
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45 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, August 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
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26 years old - Austria
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1 week, June 2015
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, denn es wurde genau auf unsere Bedürfnisse/Schwächen eingegangen. Es wurde sehr viel Wert auf Sprechen und Verstehen gelegt. Ich persönlich fühle mich nun sicherer im Sprechen und habe Tipps bekommen, wie ich mich noch verbessern kann. »
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« Alle Mitarbeiter waren sehr motiviert und bemüht. »
48 years old - Italy
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2 weeks, October 2014
Value for money (3 / 5)
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42 years old - Switzerland
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1 week, July 2013
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61 years old - Germany
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1 week, June 2013
Value for money (4 / 5)
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51 years old - Sweden
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2 weeks, September – October 2012
Value for money (5 / 5)
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61 years old - Sweden
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2 weeks, July – August 2012
Value for money (3 / 5)
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Host family
Accommodation in a single room with half-board.

McDonald Road residence
Share your language experience with students from the University of Edinburgh and from the rest of the world! Each apartment in this residence is shared between 5-7 students. Enjoy your en suite single bedroom (bed linen provided, but not towels), cook your meals in the equipped kitchen and hang out in the large and comfortable lounge, where you’ll find a TV, vending machines and free Wi-Fi. Coin-operated laundry facilities are also available on site.

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Hotels
Ramada Jarvis (3 stars)
Holiday Inn Express (3 stars)
George (4 stars)
Balmoral (4 stars)
Hilton Caledonian (5 stars)

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McDonald Road Residence

General information

Located 20 minutes walk from Princes Street. Built up area with a mix of tenement accommodation, attractions and retail.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
20 minutes
Means of transportation:
A pie
Average public transport cost:
GBP 4.- daily; GBP 20.- weekly
Walking distance to public transport:
2 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
5 minutes
Restaurants:
5 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
5 minutes
Historical City center:
30 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 14:00
Sunday until 10:00
Entry card (building)
Key (building)
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit

Meals

Use of kitchen
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen
Oven
Microwave
Cutlery available
Vending machine
Laundry
Common area/lounge
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
TV in common room
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars)
Parking (bicycles)
Swimming pool
Gym

Room types and facilities

Single
15
Additional 15 rooms in July.
Air conditioning
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided
Bed sheets provided
Towels provided
Toilet paper
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin
Shared toilets
Shared showers
Cleaning
Rooms cleaned weekly.
Desk
Wardrobe
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
Floor
Carpet
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided

To be discovered :
- Arthur’s Seat, volcanic hill with a spectacular view of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Castle
- Scottish parliament, designed by Enric Miralles
- Open air markets
- National Museum of Scotland with 16 new galleries, restaurants and boutiques
- Princes Street Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden
- Scottish Seabird Centre
- Big Tree Country in Perthshire, breathtaking scenery under an hour’s drive away

But also:
- People’s Story Museum
- Take part in a guided tour of the city’s underground caves – goose bumps guaranteed
- Whisky tasting at Scotch Whisky Experience
- Local cuisine at the Witchery, surrounded by thick 16th century walls
- Have a drink at Sygn
- Head to Opal Lounge for a night at Edinburgh’s top night club
- Local beaches and coastline

Activities:
- Walking tours of the city
- Tours of the most original pubs
- Scottish dance lessons
- Sign up to tee off on some of the most legendary nearby golf courses
- Visit Stirling Castle, Glasgow and the Highlands

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