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Heriot-Watt University


Heriot-Watt University is considered one of the best campuses in Edinburgh with state-of-the-art facilities. The university is surrounded by acres of green space and yet is conveniently located close to the city centre. Heriot-Watt was founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics’ institute. The city itself is the world’s festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with world-class visitor attractions.
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Key Facts


10 – 17 years


15 contact hours per week




University Campus




400 max beds per week


  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites of Edinburgh
  • Extensive green spaces and nature
  • Fantastic facilities for education and activities
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About the programme

  • English levels: Elementary – Proficiency (programme can be adjusted to lower English levels)
  • Maximum class size: 18*
  • Explore Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and more
  • 3 full-day excursions
  • Visit Glasgow and Sterling
  • Extensive outdoor activities programme
  • Full Group Leader Programme included. Download here.

*in exceptional circumstances, this maximum may be exceeded


  • Trinity GESE exam**
  • Employability for the 21st Century syllabus: Available for students aged 14+ with minimum English level B1


**subject to demand and minimum student numbers required


Oxford International Junior Programmes understands that occasionally slightly young/older siblings or friends may wish to come in a group. Oxford International Junior Programmes reserves the right to accept students who are slightly younger or older than the advertised minimum/maximum age. These exceptional requests must be approved by our admissions team in advance. Appropriate welfare and safety provisions will apply.

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Turn 1

03 July – 17 July


Turn 2

17 July – 31 August


Turn 3

31 August – 14 August

Heriot-Watt University


Sports: Excellent facilities include a sports hall, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton. A gym is available for group leaders (charges apply).

Social spaces: There is the Student Union, nightclub, chill out area, bar and café for most evening activities. Small kitchens in the accommodation for Group Leader tea and coffee.


  • En-suite accommodation furnished with a desk for private study, and a personal Wi-Fi router.
  • Located in a beautiful, natural setting surrounded by landscaped gardens.
  • The halls of residence are located at the rear of the campus, around 5 minutes’ walk from the canteen and classrooms.
  • Rooms are situated on long corridors allowing groups to stay together where possible



Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45 and N25 (night bus) to the Edinburgh campus.

Service 25 leaves the city centre every 15 mins and every 30 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30-40 minutes.

Heriot-Watt University

Robin Smith Hall Res, 3 Heriot Watt University, Riccarton, Currie EH14 4AS, UK

Edinburgh City Centre

Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Edinburgh Train Station

Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh EH1 1BB, UK


Glasgow G2 3NY

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport (EDI), Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK

Glasgow Airport

Paisley PA3 2TJ, UK

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Sample Programme

Day 1ArrivalsArrivalsCampus tour and ice-breaker activities
Day 2Public bus to Edinburgh with visit to National Museum of Scotland Placement Test and Lesson 1Welcome Disco
Day 3Public bus to Edinburgh with visit to Dean Village Lesson 2On-site Activities
Day 4Onsite ActivitiesLesson 3
On-site Activities
Day 5On-site ActivitiesLesson 4On-site Activities
Day 6Lesson 5Public bus to Edinburgh with visit to National Galleries of ScotlandLate return to campus: Calton Hill with tour of the Monuments
Day 7Public bus to Edinburgh with walking tour of Royal Mile and entrance to Edinburgh CastleShopping on Royal Mile International Evening
Day 8Lesson 6Onsite ActivitiesCeilidh
Day 9Lesson 7Lesson 8On-site Activities
Day 10Public bus to Edinburgh with entrance to Palace of HolyroodhouseSelf-guided tour of Parliament OR climb Arhtur's SeatTalent Show
Day 11Lesson 9Onsite ActivitiesOnsite Activities
Day 12Lesson 10Public bus to the Museum of Edinburgh Karaoke/Lip Sync Battle
Day 13Full day excursion to Stirling by coach Entrance to Stirling Castle with walking tour of Stirling and visit to Loch LomondThemed Disco
Day 14Optional ExcursionOptional ExcursionOn-site Activities
Day 15DeparturesDeparturesDepartures

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