Centre for Language & Culture

Due to the many issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 summer programme.

We know what an important role FCLC plays in many people’s lives and we feel it also performs an important function in today’s world as it not only helps improve our students’ English but is also designed to broaden their horizons, promote kindness and instill respect and acceptance of others.  Many groups and individuals take part in our programme year after year, which is a testament to the welcoming, friendly safe place that awaits each student.  The programme is also important for our staff, many of whom work with us summer after summer and pull together our academic and activity programmes to encourage our students to get to know Scotland and other students and their cultures in an English-speaking environment.

Despite our sadness at cancelling this summer’s programme, we have been heartened by the numerous emails of support we have received from agencies, group leaders, parents and staff who, like us, are disappointed that FCLC 2020 will not take place but are now looking forward to 2021 and the part they can play in next summer’s programme.  Preparations have already begun for a challenging, fun and rewarding summer and we invite you to be a part of it.  The beautiful Fettes College campus, our motivated and caring staff and our vibrant and historic city are waiting for you.


FCLC Edinburgh

Established in 2006 and accredited by the British Council in our second year of operation, our programme is based at the beautiful and historic Fettes College and is specifically designed to give students the maximum opportunity to learn, develop and practise English in meaningful contexts. The combination of lessons, activities, arts and crafts, sports, projects, excursions and workshops helps students develop lifelong friendships within a safe and nurturing environment and means that they are never left to their own devices. We believe constant stimulation means constant learning.

Summer 2021

weeks & dates

Weeks & dates
Week 1
4 July to 10 July
Week 3
18 July to 24 July
Week 5
1 August to 7 August
Weeks & dates
Week 2
11 July to 17 July
Week 4
25 July to 31 July
Week 6
8 August to 14 August


Who's it for

Our intensive summer programme is designed for students aged 10 to 17.  Our academic programme is further divided into lessons for Young Learners aged 10 to 13 and for Young Students aged 14 to 17. The programme keeps our students active, safe and motivated at all times while offering as many learning opportunities as possible. We are an independent, one-site centre offering tuition, accommodation, meals and activities within our secure and stunning campus.

An amazing

place to learn a language

Fettes College is situated in 90 acres of private parkland just 15 minutes from Edinburgh’s world famous castle and city centre. There is so much to see and do in our amazing city that whenever possible, we share this with our students. We have it all, from museums to castles, shopping to palaces, botanical gardens to breathtaking views and that is all before the world’s largest international arts and culture festival begins in Edinburgh, just in time for week 6 of our programme.

Whether you arrive at Edinburgh International Airport or one of its two major train stations, you don’t have far to come before you are welcomed to Fettes College by our friendly team. We are just 25 minutes by coach from the airport and 15 minutes from each train station.

Fettes College

& Edinburgh

What an amazing place to learn. Within the expansive school grounds there is a wide range of excellent facilities including a drama theatre, music suite, art rooms, tennis and basketball courts, a large indoor multi-purpose sports hall and extensive playing fields for outdoor sports and activities

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set within one city centre location with full use of Fettes College’s state-of-the-art and traditional facilities, lessons, meals, accommodation and activities are all in one stunning place.


with evolving weekly themes that fuse the academic and cultural strands of our programme to push the boundaries of traditional EFL teaching and learning and promote humanistic values.


with residential staff and managers providing a professional, caring and supportive atmosphere for all students to flourish whilst they are away from their home and family.


attracting students from an average of 18 different countries worldwide, offering our students the opportunity to learn about Scotland and its history as well as other cultures and ways of life.


Edinburgh & Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital city, boasts a wealth of visitor attractions, both traditional and modern, from castles to art galleries and museums to historic monuments.  At FCLC, we take full advantage of what Edinburgh and Scotland have to offer and use it creatively to help make up various elements of our programme. Scotland is a beautiful country with an outstanding history and culture that have to be experienced to be believed.

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No. 1 priority

Student welfare

Looking after the students in our care is our number one priority. By providing a carefully planned, well-organised and properly supervised programme, we do our utmost to promote our students’ safety and welfare at all times.

Our Student Welfare Managers and residential staff are responsible for supervising students throughout the day, during all activities, excursions and in the boarding houses. Additionally, the General Manager has a 24-hour emergency contact number during the six-week summer school.

Weekly themes

Unlock your learning potential

Immersion is the key to learning a language and what better way to do this than to visit FCLC Edinburgh and experience our unique programme and level of service that are second to none. By linking the academic and cultural elements through our weekly themes, we ensure every part of our programme offers our students many and varied opportunities to communicate in English in meaningful ways, thereby making them more confident users of the language.

There is a theme for each week, which the academic, cultural and activity programmes are centered around. For example, one week it will be Tales of Mystery and Imagination with activities such as a Fettes College Ghost Tour and a visit to Greyfriars Cemetary while another week it will be Around the World in Eighty Days, which will feature our exciting international evening, where students present their cultures to the rest of the school.

Our summer

brochure has arrived

Our summer 2020 brochure is designed to give you a real feel for life at FCLC. Everything you see happens during the students’ stay and as you can see, our programme offers the perfect blend of excitement, fun, motivation, education and above all, the safety and welfare of our students.

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Summer video

Life at FCLC Edinburgh

Our brochure tells you everything about our programme, but now it is time to see a little more. We have spent years taking images of our summer programmes to give you a true sense and feel for life at FCLC Edinburgh. Sit back, relax and enjoy our FCLC Edinburgh experience.

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You are in safe hands

Accreditation & memberships

We are proud to be accredited by the British Council and work tirelessly to ensure our standards meet or exceed those of the scheme. Our British Council accreditation is important to us as a school as it shows that we take every aspect of our programme seriously. It also gives clients, parents, group leaders and students peace of mind, knowing that we adhere to high standards. Owing to our British Council accreditation, we are also members of English UK and English UK Scotland.

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tell you everything

At FCLC Edinburgh, our core values are at the heart of everything we do. From the very first moment we speak with a client or parent we want to provide the best experience possible. Those values stand proud during the programme with our team of specifically chosen individuals on hand to ensure our students have a rewarding and fun stay.

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Home from home

It is our goal that each student in our programme feels valued, appreciated and included regardless of their gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any disability. As part of this, we seek to promote respect and tolerance and to teach critical thinking skills as courses abroad can be instrumental in helping young people see the world in a different light.

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Individual & group bookings

How to enrol at FCLC Edinburgh

We welcome direct individual students via a parent or guardian and individual student and group enrolments via an agent. Our client relations team will be delighted to talk you through life at FCLC Edinburgh while guiding you through the enrolment process from start to finish. We like to keep the whole process simple, making sure that everyone is well informed at every stage.


We'd love to hear from you

Now that you have a taste for FCLC Edinburgh, we would love to tell you more. Wether you are an agent or a parent, our aim is to ensure that you are welcomed to FCLC Edinburgh with open arms. Our enrolment process, whilst thorough, has been refined over many years to ensure a seamless journey from start to finish. Now you just need to click on the link below to say hello.

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