8 days
Edinburgh, London
Program designed to: Compare and contrast the Scottish and English education systems with visits to schools in Edinburgh and London. Meet with local educators to learn how both systems blend academic tradition with progressive teaching methods and curriculum design, yet honor the distinct cultural identities of their country. Experience Scottish and English hospitality for yourself as you explore the traditions and customs of these two UK capitals.

Highlight: Visits to both an English and Scottish school will show you just how different their educational systems are—despite being belonging to the same “United” Kingdom.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Scotland

  • Day 2: Edinburgh

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Edinburgh, a classic medieval city, and learn about the city from your Tour Director

    Enjoy dinner in Edinburgh

  • Day 3: Edinburgh

    Take a tour of Edinburgh

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Edinburgh’s New Town, which was constructed in the 1800s and remains a shining example of city planning today 
    • Calton Hill, where you can take in views of the Lomond Hills of Fife
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Family’s official residence in Scotland
    • Royal Mile and Old Town, a jumble of medieval buildings

    Visit Edinburgh Castle, the enduring symbol of Scotland’s capital where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, who would later rule England 

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to gain insights on the UK education system

  • Day 4: Edinburgh

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to gain insights on education in Scotland

    Spend a half day exploring Edinburgh on your own

  • Day 5: Edinburgh • London

    Travel by train to London

    Take a guided tour of London

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • Big Ben, an iconic London bell at the Palace of Westminster
    • Houses of Parliament, home to England's governing body
    • Piccadilly Circus, a five-way intersection 
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral, a domed church which has hosted many royal events
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)

    Enjoy a fish and chips dinner in London

  • Day 6: London

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture on teacher training to gain insights into the journey of becoming a qualified teacher in England

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to better understand British education systems

  • Day 7: London

    Take a half-day excursion to Oxford, the world's oldest university town, with notable alumni like Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher

    Industry Engagement: Visit Brasenose College to better understand British education systems

    Industry Engagement: Visit New College to gain insights on education in England

    Spend time exploring London on your own

  • Day 8: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Scotland

  • Day 2: Edinburgh

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Edinburgh, a classic medieval city, and learn about the city from your Tour Director

    Enjoy dinner in Edinburgh

  • Day 3: Edinburgh

    Take a tour of Edinburgh

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Edinburgh’s New Town, which was constructed in the 1800s and remains a shining example of city planning today 
    • Calton Hill, where you can take in views of the Lomond Hills of Fife
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Family’s official residence in Scotland
    • Royal Mile and Old Town, a jumble of medieval buildings

    Visit Edinburgh Castle, the enduring symbol of Scotland’s capital where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI, who would later rule England 

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to gain insights on the UK education system

  • Day 4: Edinburgh

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to gain insights on education in Scotland

    Spend a half day exploring Edinburgh on your own

  • Day 5: Edinburgh • London

    Travel by train to London

    Take a guided tour of London

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • Big Ben, an iconic London bell at the Palace of Westminster
    • Houses of Parliament, home to England's governing body
    • Piccadilly Circus, a five-way intersection 
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral, a domed church which has hosted many royal events
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)

    Enjoy a fish and chips dinner in London

  • Day 6: London

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture on teacher training to gain insights into the journey of becoming a qualified teacher in England

    Industry Engagement: Visit a local school to better understand British education systems

  • Day 7: London

    Take a half-day excursion to Oxford, the world's oldest university town, with notable alumni like Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher

    Industry Engagement: Visit Brasenose College to better understand British education systems

    Industry Engagement: Visit New College to gain insights on education in England

    Spend time exploring London on your own

  • Day 8: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get



Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Edinburgh Castle, lecture on education systems, local school visit, teacher training lecture, local school visit, Oxford

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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