Welcome to Gordonstoun International Summer School…
where everyone smiles in the same language


Gordonstoun International Summer School has been operating for over 40 years and each year we welcome boys and girls from over 35 nationalities and between the age 8-16 to enjoy a fabulous Scottish summer of learning, fun and friendship. Many of the children come back for multiple years and each year we get wonderful feedback. My favourite quote from the 2017 courses was “You can’t grow old without going to GISS” Pietro should know, this was his fourth summer at GISS!

I hope our website provides the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we enjoy hearing from you!

We look forward to welcoming you to Gordonstoun.


Course 1:

6th July –
30th July 2018

Course 2:

13th July –
6th August 2018


Students will receive instruction in English as an Additional Language or, for those boys and girls who are fluent in English, they can choose one of the following: Information Technology or Literature and Creative Writing or Spanish Language.

Arts and Crafts, Technology, Confidence Building, Music Making, Drama, Sailing and Sport will be integrated into the programme and students will be helped further to develop self-reliance through Adventurous Activities and Ocean Cruising. Recreational and optional activities are also offered.

A chance for you to see for yourself…

Course Overview

Students Video

News and Updates

So far I have had very enjoyable visits to France, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China and USA it was lovely to meet former students and also families who are potentially interested in joining GISS for 2018 or beyond.

The schedule of visits is below and my next trip is to Dubai/Bahrain.  If you would like me to visit your school or arrange an individual meeting to talk about the Summer School,  please contact me at giss@gordonstoun.org.uk:

Dubai 15th – 18th March 2018

Bahrain 19th – 21st March 2018

I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you.

Best Wishes,  Claire


2017 Updates

  • Summer School places are now available for both 2018 courses, so if you require more information before deciding, just call us – we are more than happy to talk about all aspects of the courses.
  • We have already booked a new range of fun and exciting activities for all students to enjoy, including Street Dance, Archery, Golf and more!
  • Please visit our updated Facebook page and Like Us! FB-f-Logo__blue_57 GordonstounSummerSchool

1. What age and nationality are the children?
From age 8 to 16 (inclusive) and students come from around 40 different countries each year. The course is suitable for both fluent English speakers as well as those learning English as a foreign language. We mix up nationalities, ages, boys & girls in activity groups to have a good international mix and to encourage English as the common language.

2. What is the timetable / what does a typical day look like?
At registration students choose a study subject, all other activities will be made into a group programme. A typical day includes study, sport, drama, music making, creative arts and confidence building skills. Students may choose ‘options’, perhaps 3 times during the course – ride a go-kart, quad bike or horse, go ice-skating, etc., All students take part in the sail/adventure part for 6 days.

3. Can we come for part of the course?
Students should attend for the full course, otherwise they will miss out on key parts of the programme and several of the classes & activities culminate in either performance or competition in the final weekend.

4. Who are the staff?
The staff is hand-picked by the director. The majority of our staff return for multiple summers (similar to the students!). Some are from Gordonstoun or have strong links with the main School over the years. All our staff are well qualified and have good experience of dealing with multi-cultural environments.

5. What does the course fee include?
No extra costs as the fee includes everything, apart from the flight cost to arrive at Aberdeen or Inverness airports and pocket money, at parents’ discretion. House parents will look after pocket money during the course.

6. What is the accommodation?
All our houses are different. Most rooms are single, but there are a few which can be shared by 2 and some by up to 4. If you have a special request, we will do our best. Washing facilities are not en-suite.

7. What clothing should we bring?
Most of the time casual sporty type clothing is perfect. For the course photograph and final presentation dinner, we ask students to be well dressed – trousers, shirt & tie for boys; dress, skirt & top or smart trousers for girls. A suggested list of clothing to pack is enclosed with the administrative forms after registration. We provide all specialist sports equipment.

8. What food/meal service is provided?
Our dining room serves a wide range of nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all self-service. We can cater for most special dietary requirements – please advise in advance.

9. Do you have on-site medical facilities?
Yes, our Healthcare Centre on campus is staffed 24/7. A doctor is on call. Any medical treatment is done under the UK National Health service – school insurance will cover all except repatriation. We have an excellent local hospital 15 minutes from school. We advise normal travel insurance in case of any flight problems or lost luggage.

10. What is the technology policy?
Students may bring mobile phones with them but we will not issue WiFi codes for personal devices. Our recreation room has laptops with WiFi where students may Skype, etc., with parents. Mobile phone signal is not good in parts of the campus. Please do not bring tablets or laptops. We will issue contact telephone numbers for accommodation houses and house staff before arrival

11. What will the weather be like?
I wish we knew! There is no pattern to the weather in Scotland and we can experience several different conditions in one day. We hope for temperatures between 18ºC and 25ºC, without much rain.


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For more information on local accommodation see the link below:

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For full Terms & Conditions see the link below:

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A chance to learn new lifetime skills, have fun & make new friends

Read what past students think about the courses…

Makes you more courageous, fearless and outgoing.

Malak, from Egypt

2017 - Course 1

If you get the chance to go, do it.

Caleb - USA

2017 - Course 2

The friends you make are for life, practically family – you love them and will miss them.

Olivia, from the UK

2017 - Course 1

At first 24 days seems like a long time but once you are there, it is perfect.

Jan, from Spain

2017 - Course 2

It is one of my favourite places on Earth. GISS is like my second home and I enjoy this place every time. I came, I came back – I do regret not coming for more summers even though this is my fourth. There are no words that can describe how much I love this place and also the people who come here.

Maria, from Romania

2017 - Course 1

GISS is a treasure island. What you need is a shovel of challenge to dig up great experiences.

Junho, from Japan

2017 - Course 2