International Students

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”

Alexander McCall Smith, 2006

If you are looking to study cookery abroad, you would be hard pressed to find a city more enchanting than Edinburgh. From the historic Old Town and Castle to the grandeur of the New Town, Edinburgh has something for everyone.

Although relatively small for a capital city, few would deny the sense of friendliness and intimacy such a place can offer. Coming to the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School for a full time course will enable you to fully appreciate this city in all its splendour. As well as being a foodie haven, Edinburgh is a stimulating city in terms of art, culture and architecture.

The award winning Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is situated amongst all this in the centre of the city and we are delighted to welcome international students.


Whilst we welcome students from all over the world, we do require that a reasonable standard of English can be spoken. As a guide if English is your second language, we would ask that you have achieved an IELTS band score of 6 for all courses on one month and longer.


Students can come to us with a Student Visitor Visa. This must be arranged by you - we are not able to organise visas for you. We are fully acredited as a short course provider by the British Accreditation Council. You can take the One Month Certificate Course, The Three Month Beginners and Intermediate Certificate Courses and the Six Month Diploma Course with us using a Student Visitor Visa. We are not able to apply for a Tier 4 sponsor licence for students from the UK Visas and Immigration. To find out how to apply for a Student Visitor Visa visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.


Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is non-residential. However there are a variety of options available whether you would like to lodge in a family home, take part in a flat share or have your own self contained flat. The school is very central with good bus links and so it is easy to reach from all areas of the city. We can point you in the right direction to find accommodation for the time you are with us. Once you have enrolled we can send you our accommodation list.

Courses Available

Courses available at the cookery school range in style and length. For students coming from overseas we would particularly reccommend the following:

Six Month Diploma

Three Month Beginners Certificate

Three Month Intermediate Certificate

One Month Cookery Certificate

To find out when our courses take place either look on the individual pages or look on our Calendar page.

To find out what our ex students have to say about the course and how it has helped them in their careers visit out Alumni page