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Gordonstoun International Summer School

Address: Elgin, Moray IV30 5RF
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Description Gordonstoun International Summer School

  • Students age: 8-16 years;
  • Duration of the programs: 3-5 weeks;
  • Course dates: from July 8 to August 8, July 8-August 1; July 15-August 8.

Aristocratic, prestigious, elite Gordonstoun International Summer School (GISS) was founded in 1934 (summer courses started in 1975). Today, more than 280 students from 40 countries come here annually.

Gordonstone International Summer School is located in the northern part of Scotland, in the small town of Elgin near the North Sea coast. Aberdeen Airport can be reached in 2 hours by transport, and to Iversness Airport in just an hour.

The ratio of students to teaching staff is only 2:1, so each student receives enough attention and concern from the teaching staff.

Prior to enrolling in the Gordonstoun International Summer School, all international students undergo general testing, which determines their language level - you can do with any preparation, from the initial and almost zero to fairly advanced. At the end of the course each student receives a corporate certificate indicating all achievements and the acquired level of English.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Gordonstoun International Summer School

Program name
10.07.2020 -10.08.2020
from 5 500 £ / 25 days

Quick overview: the educational course is suitable for all categories of international students - and those who are just starting to learn English, and experienced students who want to improve and deepen the knowledge and skills already available.

The program of the course provides for several blocks of classes -their harmonious, balanced combination provides an integrated approach and rapid language progress.

Spoken language: 

  • Improved literacy and fluency in oral speech;
  • Correction of accent and pronunciation;
  • Active vocabulary expansion.

English language and literature (level for advanced), British lifestyle;

  • "World Today":
  • World news;
  • Events;
  • Hot discussions in the media and the Internet;
  • Discussions and speeches within the group.

For advanced students or native speakers, additional programs are also provided:

  • Studying Spanish;
  • Computer science;
  • Literature;
  • Creating art texts in English.

Accommodation and food

For students prepared cozy rooms in a spacious school: girls under 12 live in large rooms for 5-6 people, the rest of the children occupy rooms for 1-2 students. The meals are organized according to the scheme of the full board, varied and balanced.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Classes in mini-groups, Cookery, English, English as a Foreign Language, English for children, English for teenagers, English for the summer, English literature, Extreme sports, General English, Individual english, Individual lessons, Information Technology, physical Culture, Physical culture and sports sciences, Spanish
Events list: Athletics, badminton, bowling, carting, cinema, football, hockey, horseback riding, lacrosse, skating, Squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball

Events Gordonstoun International Summer School

6 days a week, Gordonstoun International Summer School students are provided with a variety of leisure, entertainment, sports and cognitive activities. It can be a walk along the coast, canoeing or sailing, climbing, riding lessons. You can participate in various types of leasure activitiest:

  • Bowling;
  • Golf;
  • Skating;
  • Quad biking;
  • Shopping;
  • Fishing;
  • Shooting in a dash.

There are numerous creative studios:

  • Theater;
  • Art;
  • Music;
  • Club of oratory.

Equipment Gordonstoun International Summer School

The total area of ​​the campus is 180 acres. It has its own theater and an extensive library, a video and conference room, a dining room and well-equipped classrooms. The sports infrastructure is well developed:

  • An indoor swimming pool with heated water;
  • An athletic track with a length of 400 meters;
  • Squash and tennis courts;
  • Basketball;
  • Volleyball;
  • A football field;
  • A large multi-purpose sports hall.

Term dates and fees

Tuition fee for the course "English as a foreign language" already included:

  • Studying on the program;
  • Initial knowledge level test, special orientational package;
  • All textbooks, books and materials;
  • Using a modern multimedia center, the Internet;
  • Regular testing, checking the homework;
  • Regular academic progress reports;
  • Branded certificate at the end of the program;
  • Accommodation and meals (full board);
  • Laundry services;
  • Sports, leisure, entertaining and creative events;
  • Transfer in both directions (Aberdeen or Iverness airports).

Some services are paid additionally:

  • Visa fees and services, translation of documents into English;
  • Consular fee (paid at the embassy);
  • Express delivery of the visa invitation;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Air tickets in both directions.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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