The Playfair Library Reception at SUISS
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. The School brings together students and academics who, irrespective of their national, religious, or cultural difference, share a love of literature.
Each summer, we run courses in British and Irish literature and culture from 1900 to the Present, as well as a Creative Writing programme.
SUISS runs for a total of six weeks, but students may choose to come only for four or two weeks. We welcome undergraduates, postgraduates, teachers and lecturers from all over the world: in 2013, our students came from 30 different countries.
The School presents a wonderful opportunity to visit Scotland and combines excellent educational facilities with the incomparable surroundings of Scotland's capital city.
Download the 2014 brochure here.
The SUISS Programme
offers four self-contained courses:
Each of our three two-week Text and Context courses provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of literature from Britain and Ireland in relation to the key societal and cultural developments during the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. The dynamic and diverse characteristics of more than one hundred years of English, Irish, and Scottish texts are studied in conjunction with recent developments in literary theory.
Students attend an 80-minute daily lecture, given by a guest speaker of established academic reputation, which provides a focused analysis of the critical, theoretical, and historical context of the literature. Following the lecture, students attend a 2-hour seminar and explore the literature through group discussion.
2. Scottish Literature
3. Contemporary Literature
Our four-week Creative Writing course is one of the most exciting and diverse courses available in Britain. Our students work and interact with some of the leading talents in the vibrant culture of contemporary British and Irish literature. It is run in co-operation with the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Our Partner Universities
Although SUISS is based at the University of Edinburgh, it pools the resources of some of Britain's most prestigious universities.
SUISS represents the following universities in Scotland:
Dr L. Anderson
emer. I. Campbell
E.A.M. Laidlaw, BA, MLitt
SUISS students 2010
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