Scottish Universities’ International Summer School

Learn more about our courses by downloading our SUISS 2015 Brochure or view last summer’s SUISS 2014 Programme.   APPLY NOW!

  • Modernism: 6th – 18th July 2015
  • Scottish Literature: 20th July – 1st August 2015
  • Contemporary Literature: 3rd – 15th August 2015
  • Creative Writing: 6th July- 1st August 2015
  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance: 3rd – 15th August 2015

  • Lecture Theatre
  • Calton Hill
  • Castle Fountain
  • Victoria Street
  • SUISS Circle

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, 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 66 years, SUISS has achieved a high academic standing and has welcomed many distinguished literary scholars, critics and writers. Lecturers on the Text  & Context course have included Robert Crawford, Randall Stevenson and Patricia Waugh to name a few. We have also welcomed many writers to contribute to our Creative Writing course, names such as Neil Gaiman, AL Kennedy and Ian Rankin.

Each summer, SUISS offers an intense, challenging and diverse programme of study that takes place in July and August in Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We offer three courses in Text and Context: British and Irish Literature from 1900 to the Present, one course in Creative Writing, and one course in Contemporary British and Irish Theatre and Performance. Our literature courses offer extensive examination of Modernism, Scottish Literature and Contemporary Literature, while our Creative Writing course allows students to develop their personal writing portfolios. Next year will see the launch of the Theatre and Performance course, which will coincide with the Edinburgh Festivals and be delivered in partnership with the Scottish Playwrights’ Studio.

SUISS is based at The University of Edinburgh, which offers our students excellent educational and accommodation facilities, the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful environment of the capital city, and to explore the cultural and historical sites across Scotland.

SUISS welcomes undergraduates, postgraduates, teachers and lecturers from around the world and, in 2014, hosted students from 40 different countries.