University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures


About us

An international community at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, drawing connections between people and cultures and surrounded by world-class resources and collections.

Influencing the world since 1583, the University of Edinburgh is the ideal place to further your understanding of, and contribution to, global cultures.

Our School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, from Chinese to Scottish Gaelic. We teach all six official languages of the United Nations, and eight of the languages of the European Union.

Based in the first UNESCO City of Literature, we are home to the oldest department of English Literature in the UK - one of the longest established in the world - and the oldest Celtic department in Scotland. Arabic has been taught here for over 260 years.

Our graduates tell us that they value LLC’s friendliness, the connections they have made here and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do. We are proud of our traditions, but we are also a place of bold experimentation, always curious.

Our inclusive community

A diverse, equal and inclusive community - which draws together people of all backgrounds, experiences, ages and abilities - is fundamental to who we are as a School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.


2016 Silver Sustainability award


The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures was awarded the Silver Sustainability Award in 2016 for 50 George Square.

The activity of the school supports the commitment of the University of Edinburgh towards sustainability.



School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
50 George Square, EH8 9LH

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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