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July in Edinburgh

As July is the warmest month in the capital – with the average temperature approaching a whopping 20 °C – some may say that it is the best time to visit Edinburgh and study at the Summer School.

Summer in a one of the liveliest cities

During the sunny summer months, many Edinburgh residents (particularly students!) can be found in the Meadows, a large park beside the university’s central campus; sunbathing, chatting with friends and enjoying illicit barbeques late into the night. 

However, July can also be damp and windy so it’s best to pack a variety of layers (including a waterproof jacket) before visiting Edinburgh to ensure you can comfortably explore some of the city’s iconic outdoor landmarks; from Arthur’s Seat to Calton Hill. Visitors to Edinburgh often remark upon the quantity of green space; it’s easy to feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside despite being five minutes away from the city centre.

What to do in Edinburgh in July

Visitors to Edinburgh couldn’t fail to miss that it is a city brimming with arts and culture; indeed, the city is packed-full of museums and galleries. How about visiting the National Museum of Scotland in the Old Town, or the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art set in landscaped grounds to the north of the city? Whilst visiting the latter, you should make an effort to visit the nearby Dean Village and Stockbridge areas of the city, popular residential quarters and lovely places to spend a lazy weekend afternoon – particularly on a Sunday, when delicious smells will tempt you into explore what’s on offer at the Stockbridge market. The area has a bustling café culture and many small shops; a popular pastime for Edinburgh locals and visitors alike is to combine a cuppa and a piece of cake with a trawl around the charity shops and boutiques which line the streets.

Summer course at the University of Edinburgh

Another element of the city often acknowledged by its visitors is its stunning architectural composition: with the juxtaposition of medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, is there any place better to study architecture than Edinburgh? We don’t think so. Students with an undergraduate degree in the subject are invited to study upon one of our two Architecture and Urban Design Studio courses, which provide an introduction to post-graduate studies in the area.

If architecture isn’t your thing, you may be interested in some of the other courses offered by the Summer School delivered during July… Those with an interest in education may wish to enrol upon either Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh or New Directions in Second Language Teaching. For those wishing for a flavour of the exotic, learning about a foreign culture and developing new language skills may be more appealing: if so, try Arabic for Beginners or Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language. The latter course provides students with the exciting opportunity to learn Swahilli; not at the University of Edinburgh’s campus but instead in Northwest Tanzania! Students will visit markets, prepare a range of Tanzanian meals, learn traditional dances and take part in a safari adventure, all the while learning Swahili grammar and vocabulary and immersing themselves in Tanzanian culture.

We have a whole range of other course offerings available during the month of July and so please do check out the Course A-Z for more information.