Summer school

5 September 2016

English language summer school

There are a number of options for international students who wish to take an English language programme during the summer months. There are courses to suit all ages and all levels of ability in English. Accommodation and a programme of social activities are also provided.

GLOBAL GROUP is contracted advisor to the University and work in close communication with the Admissions team.

Bookings for these courses are taken through GLOBAL GROUP as one of main representatives in different countries. We arrange the accommodation (usually in University accommodation) and organise the social activities.

All of these courses are taught and certified by the University.
All courses described on these English Language summer school pages are taught and certified entirely by the University.


1) English language summer school courses for teenagers

We offer courses that combine the benefits of mixed nationality learning with those of group travel. This course is full of activities and has the high quality teaching associated with the University of St Andrews.

This international English language programme for teenagers is aimed at juniors at the age of 12-16. The programme covers English language classes delivered by University teachers experienced in working with young people from all over the world, along with afternoon and evening activities like quiz nights, communication activities, Scottish dances and sports in a multinational environment.

The English classes are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 09.30 – 12.00 and from 14.15 – 16.15 with a short break between the classes. The aim of these classes is to improve students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Classes are taught in University buildings so that students have a chance to meet with the history, prestige and tradition of our 600 year old institution.

After the classes students participate in a number of activities demanding use of English in a multinational environment. Students prepare for the  talent show, play sports in multinational groups, participate in Scottish dances practice or solve puzzles based on the history of the old town of St Andrews supported by their teachers.

There are one day trips organized to places of national heritage in Scotland. The aim of those trips is to show students the beauty, history and culture of Scotland, famous for such great historical characters as: Mary Queen of Scots, Alexander Bell, the inventor of the telephone, Adam Smith, the word’s first economist, John Logie Baird, the inventor of television and many others. Before every trip students are introduced to the history and heritage of the places they are going to visit in their classrooms.

2) English for general purposes

This course is for adults and consists of 20 hours of teaching a week. The main focus is the development of listening and speaking skills through communicative activities, supplemented with a daily lesson focusing on a specific area of grammar.

The main focus of these courses is the development of listening and speaking skills through communicative activities. However, this does not mean that grammar is neglected and the timetable will include specific lessons focusing on areas of grammatical relevance. Other aspects to be covered are vocabulary development, as well as some reading and writing. More advanced classes will also focus on idiomatic usage, appropriacy and register.

Every morning (except Wednesdays) there are two 90 minute lessons. One lesson will concentrate on grammar, vocabulary development and appropriate practice activities. The other will provide an opportunity to put new language to communicative use and to provide an integrated approach towards developing listening, speaking, reading, writing and pronunciation skills.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons there is a lesson of 2 hours designed to further skills development and increase fluency. The lessons are organised so that students are encouraged to put grammatical structures and vocabulary to practical use. Lessons are dedicated to activities such as letter writing, communicating by telephone, the media and other aspects of everyday language use. These lessons are tailored, as far as possible, to meet the interests and needs of the class.

Every Wednesday and Saturday there is a full day excursion organised to different places of cultural and historical interest in Scotland. These trips are included in the price.

3) International business and negotiation skills programme

This programme is designed to meet the needs of business and professional people as well as students of Economics or business related programmes.

Over years of working with managers from all over the world, we have witnessed great interest in the possibility developing presentation skills, which are vital for those working in multi-national environment as well as idiomatic, business English as a key to understanding the issues addressed by people from different countries, using English as platform of bridging common interest. The third component of the programme focuses on negotiations and mediation.



  • Language of presentation
  • Setting your goals & objectives
  • Eye contact
  • Body Language
  • Visual aids
  • Pace and manner of presentation
  • Getting audience involved
  • Dealing with interruptions
  • Concluding

Idiomatic Business English

  • Language of International Business Meetings
  • Directness & Indirectness
  • Business English Idioms
  • Idiomatic Expressions
  • Understanding non-standard grammar



The programme on negotiations is divided into four stages. Each stage is combined with case studies, in which participants have the opportunity to practice their acquired knowledge and to solve down-to-earth problems. The course is aimed at managers for whom the ability to negotiate is fundamental and for students who plan to follow a managerial career track.

Over the last seven years the programme has been attended by managers from several international companies, who have perceived the programme as useful and practical.

Weeks one and two of the programme focus on the elements described below in stages 1, 2 and 3. In the third week participants look at stage 4. In this way all elements of negotiation are gradually developed and practiced through all three weeks, which is why participants in the third week of the programme are expected to use the knowledge and practical applications gained over the programme.

The third week of the programme can be attended as a one week programme by experienced managers and CEOs, who wish to improve their language and negotiation skills.


Stage 1

  • International Communication and Negotiations
    • Culture versus communication and negotiations
    • Constructive communication in negotiations
    • Achieving smooth communication on an international platform
    • What prevents successful negotiations
    • Case studies
    • History of mediation and ADR
    • Negotiation and mediation skills


Stage 2

  • Leading and Managing Negotiations:
    • Common negotiating ploys
    • Dealing with tricky negotiations
    • Effective Negotiations:
      • Different styles
      • Positions and interests
      • Case studies>
      • Mediation Concept:
        • Evaluating BATNA and WATNA
        • Bargaining Styles
        • Leverage
        • Case studies


Stage 3

  • Negotiation analysis:
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • What to remember
    • Individual or team negotiations
    • Preparing negotiation teams
    • Decision Phase of negotiations
    • Case studies
    • Mediation Concept:
      • Breaking deadlocks
      • Generous Reciprocal Bargaining Theory
      • Problem vs. People
      • Case studies
      • Exam in the Mediation Programme (online test)


Stage 4

  • Power of words – becoming more convincing>
  • Positive approach to negotiations>
  • Negotiations and building business relation strategies
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Dealing with difficult situation
  • Case studies