Testimonials: Kaplan International, Edinburgh

Megane Baridon
Megane Baridon

I fell in love with Scotland in the summer 2012 so Edinburgh came as a natural choice for my language study trip. I took an intensive course at Kaplan and stayed with a host family for 6 weeks. My host family was very friendly and we shared very nice moments together. We are still in touch and I am planning to go back to see them. The school is great as well, with a great location and attentive teachers, always ready to help and advise us. The courses were very interesting because there was a very dynamic interaction between teachers and students. After classes, I spent a lot of time with the other students, which became good friends, going from one pub to the next or simply strolling about the city. The school offers various interesting activities which allow you to meet and get to know the other students. I believe Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its charming old building, as much in the old town as in the new town, and a history steeped in local culture, which is very interesting to know. Scottish people are warm and helpful; the atmosphere in Edinburgh is unique to the place. And I promise you the weather is not that terrible and you get used to it very quickly, I even went to the beach.

I had such a great time during my stay there and met such great people that, only 2 days after I returned to Switzerland, I booked a flight ticket to go back to Edinburgh and spent one more week there as a tourist! I am currently planning my next holidays in the same city. So hesitate no longer. The only risk is you might fall in love with the city and not want to come back.

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Annie Python
Annie Python
Kaplan International Colleges
Duration: 13 weeks

I decided to choose Kaplan because my friends recommended this school. I am following the CAE preparation. My teachers are good and the preparation is good. The school staff helped me to find a badminton club and they answered all my questions. Everybody is very friendly. At Kaplan, the teachers have always extra work if you want to study at home and are interested in what you suggest, want or say. The social program is a really good idea, especially for the first week. It's a good way to meet people and make friends. I recommend the national museum, the castle and the pubs. I also recommend to be part of a club (sports or discussion) with scottish people. It really helps you to improve your english especially the be used to the accent. The best thing about studying with students from around the world is to discover new cultures, having friends from all around the world, knowing how to say cheers in every languages…! The language course enables me to communicate properly when traveling and will probably help me to find a good job.

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Zuleika Brito
Zuleika Brito
Kaplan, Edinburgh
Duration: 3 weeks

The adjective that best describes my stay in Edinburgh is “spectacular”, as I chose 3 weeks in August to attend the FRINGE festival, which is held there once a year and brings together artists from all around the world that dance, sing, exhibit their work and act in front of thousands of people.

First of all, Edinburgh has the typical British character: a different currency and metric system, ladies in hats sipping tea at 5 o’clock, they have lunch early, the buses are double-decked, red telephone boxes, etc. Besides, there’s a lot of young people, so you can find people with all types of preferences regarding music, beliefs, education and style. The city has two areas: the old town and the new part. So there’s a lot of diversity and contrast in the city. There are tons of art galleries, cosy places to go for lunch, all types of stores and modern places with good live music to go out at night and practice English outside school.

I studied at Kaplan International, which is in the very centre of the city, in a famous Victorian building with large classrooms and the famous brick chimneys. One of the strong points of the city are the teachers, who made lessons more entertaining by introducing games and pair work that help practice English.

The best thing of my stay abroad was getting to meet people from so many different countries, with whom I spoke in English… and still do, online!

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Anne-Catherine Melnotte
Anne-Catherine Melnotte

After two months and a half at Kaplan International Colleges – Edinburgh, I can say that I am very satisfied with my choice. The atmosphere at school, at the residence and in the city is very nice. Edinburgh is a city where there is always something to do – you can visit the different tourist sites (museums, mountains, beaches, highlands) or spend some time at the pub!

Edinburgh is an active and dynamic city and I really think it is worth a visit. The school is well located, close to the city centre and to the old town – that’s very convenient. Apart from learning English in a very confortable setting, I am also meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, which is very interesting. Many people are living in the same residence, so you can always hangout with someone. For this reason, I decided to extend my Scottish experience by 2 months and then continue with an internship. I highly recommend this experience!

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Estelle Tesarik
Estelle Tesarik

I spent an excellent time in Edinburgh; it’s a beautiful city with many things to do, and the pub nights definitely live up to their reputation! I made some amazing friends and spent some very good time with them! However, one month was not enough for me to improve my English; eventually I managed, but it was tough! I think I will go back next year and stay longer. Oh, and I forgot to say that my favourite moment was the Scottish dance! Don’t miss it!

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Jasmine Sbai
Jasmine Sbai

Edinburgh is a beautiful, bustling city where you never run out of things to do. The school is also great, with competent teachers and many activities organised. I could meet many people from different countries, my stay was simply great.

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