June sees the start of the UK summer, the beginning of Edinburgh’s summer Festival season and – of course – the Summer School 2016. Though Edinburgh is a popular destination all year round, the city’s tourist season really kicks off in June. Considering the range of activities, events and opportunities the city has to offer during the summer months it’s not hard to see why.
Edinburgh Festivals in June
If you opt to visit Edinburgh in early June, you’ll have the chance to attend one of the earliest sequences of performances in the Edinburgh festival line-up; the Imaginate Festival, Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people.
Later in the month, you may prefer to attend the Edinburgh International Film Festival – a celebration of global cinema – which sees big names in the world of film and bucket-loads of red carpet glitz descend upon the city. Leith Festival and the Meadows Festival are examples of smaller scale, but no less exciting, community-run festivals which take place during the month of June (weather permitting!) and are definitely also worth a visit.
Studying at the University of Edinburgh during the summer
Perhaps you’d like to come to Edinburgh but you’re still not sure what to study while you’re here? The June Summer School presents a variety of credit bearing courses to suit a range of interests: Book History for Beginners and Edinburgh: City of Literature, a great choice for bookworms; Investment, Securities and Psychology of Finance and Public Sector Economics, interesting options for numerically minded, business savvy students; Developing Illustration Practice, the perfect course for budding artists; and Film Studies & the Film Studies & the Edinburgh International Film Festival , a course which really takes advantage of the aforementioned film festival’s city centre location, and which film enthusiasts would be crazy to miss. The course is divided in two: knowledge of film criticism, theory and philosophy gained in the first portion of the course can then be applied to the films screenings, events and public lectures which students attend during the latter part of the course. Student Delegate Passes provide all participants with access to the Festival, and therefore the opportunity to network with film makers, directors and actors at film premiers and industry events.
Social and Cultural Programme
All of these and more are options available to our June intake of Summer School students. If you’re interested in taking part but you’re hesitant to sign up for too much studying during your summer break, don’t worry! Our jam-packed social programme makes it possible for students to balance all of their hard work with a lot of fun. Students have the opportunity to participate in a programme of events which includes cultural visits, sporting activities and creative pursuits. The ceilidh (a traditional Scottish dancing event) is one of the most popular activities; students have the opportunity to sample some haggis - a famous Scottish delicacy - before strutting their stuff on the dancefloor.
Eating out in Edinburgh
If traditional Scottish fayre isn’t your cuisine of choice than don’t be concerned. Edinburgh has a massive range of eateries; from Michelin-star restaurants and tiny cafes to gastropubs, tearooms and coffee houses. Fish lovers will be spoilt for choice in Leith -the city’s port and harbour area - which boasts a selection of seafood restaurants, as well as a lively selection of bars and bistros clustered around the Shore area. Located around Edinburgh Central Mosque, just a few steps from the University’s central campus, you will find the city’s largest selection of halal eating places. Vegetarians and others with dietary requirements are also well catered for throughout the city. The List is a great website to use if you’d like to find out more about the plethora of the food and drink options which exist in Edinburgh.