About us


Old College, University of Edinburgh

The Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS) is  a non-profit organisation founded by Professor David Daiches in 1947. In the spirit of the Edinburgh International Festival, SUISS brings together students and academics who, irrespective of their national, religious, or cultural difference, share a love of literature.

SUISS is affiliated with seven prestigious Scottish universities: The University of Aberdeen, The University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow, The Open University in Scotland, The University of St Andrews and The University of Strathclyde.

Throughout its history, SUISS has achieved a high academic standing and welcomes many distinguished literary scholars, critics and writers. Lecturers on the Text & Context course have included Robert Crawford, Randall Stevenson and Patricia Waugh to name a few. We have also welcomed many writers to contribute to our Creative Writing course, names such as Neil Gaiman, AL Kennedy and Ian Rankin.

SUISS offers an intense, challenging and diverse programme of study that takes place in July and August in Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We offer three courses in Text and Context: British and Irish Literature from 1900 to the Present, one course in Creative Writing, and one course in Contemporary British and Irish Theatre and Performance. Our literature courses offer extensive examination of Modernism, Contemporary Literature and Scottish Literature, while our Creative Writing course allows students to develop their personal writing portfolios. Our Theatre and Performance course, which explores both theoretical and performative approaches to drama, coincides with the Edinburgh Festivals and is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Playwrights’ Studio.

SUISS is hosted by a team of hard-working individuals, led by the Administrator and Co-Directors.  This core team, along with our advisory committee, oversees the lecture programme and management of the summer school each year.

In the summer, we employ volunteer student hosts, who are SUISS graduates themselves.  They are on hand to address the needs and concerns of our visiting students.  Our very talented tutors, who are usually in the process of completing a PhD in a literature related field, instruct the seminars. 

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