Scarborough International School of English was established in 1968 and is situated in the beautiful seaside town of Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast, close to the North York Moors National Park. Scarborough has recently been voted the most enterprising town in Europe.

Taking an English language course with us will allow you to get to know the friendly local people, the fishing villages and small towns along the coast, the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and the historic yet vibrant nearby cities of Leeds, York and Hull, as well as the many attractions of Scarborough itself.

The original school, an attractive 19th century building, is ideally located within a 10 minute walk of the town centre. There are many attractions nearby, including the famous Stephen Joseph Theatre, home to all the first productions of Alan Ayckbourn, the Scarborough writer who is the world’s most performed living playwright. There are many other theatres in the town including Europe’s largest Open Air Theatre. There are two beautiful beaches, an ancient castle and many lovely parks and gardens. Scarborough also has good rail and road links to all major airports.

We are very passionate about Scarborough, and we would love to share it with you.

Come and experience the North Yorkshire coast and discover the fascinating history and breathtaking scenery. Taking an English language course with us will allow you to get to know the friendly local people, the fishing villages and small towns along the coast, the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and the historic yet vibrant nearby cities of Leeds, York and Hull, as well as the many attractions of Scarborough itself.

Places to visit


With major airports at Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Hull, Liverpool and London, and ferry terminals at Newcastle and Hull, Scarborough is easy to access by plane, train and also by ferry.

Edinburgh 4 hours 3 hours
Newcastle 2 hours 1.5 hours
Hull 1.5 hours 1 hour
Manchester 2.5 hours 2 hours
Liverpool 3.5 hours 2.5 hours
London 5 hours 3 hours
Leeds/Bradford 1.5 hours 1 hour
Doncaster 2 hours 1.5 hours

Latest News

Agents visit!

Scarborough International School welcomes agents from around the world for a wonderful visit.

Lipdub 2018

See the lipdub from summer 2018! Find it on our videos page.

The German Teachers from Saxony Anhalt

The German Teachers from Saxony Anhalt loved their meal at El Gringos!

Prices held for 2019!

Scarborough International School will not increase prices for 2019!

El Gazette Centre of Excellence 2016

We are happy to announce that once again we are an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence!

Chilean Students' Cultural Visit to the UK

A group from Santiago came on a 3 week visit to Scarborough International School to experience life in the UK


Premiere! The latest Lipdub is here - Beth and Matt are Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the SIS tribute to Grease

News for PON

Scarborough International School of English welcomes applications from teachers and schools funded under the Italian Ministry of Education PON program

Centre of Excellence

EL Gazette ranks Scarborough International School in top ten of British Council Centres of Excellence offering under-16 homestay accommodation



“I've been to Scarborough International School twice now, first taking a Teen Vacation course and then, two years later, an Intensive General English for 6 months. The staff are amazing and lovely people, the teachers are professional; if the school wasn't amazing I wouldn't have gone there twice and you know what, I would go there a the third time, but the next time with my brothers. About Scarborough, it's a very nice and safe place to visit and live, you could have a nice time on the lovely beach. My host family was such a great family I felt like I was living with my real family. I really like my memories there, I wouldn't forget anything.”

Ibrahim Al Shammari, Saudi Arabia


“I highly recommend the International School of English (SIS) and Scarborough as the places to learn or improve your English!”

“I lived and worked in Scarborough for 8 months, and I spent my first and last month in SIS. That was very useful to my daily life, because there I could make lots of good friends. Some of them were British and others were Japanese, Italian, Russian, and many different other nationalities.”

Sara, Spain


“I lived my first experience abroad two years ago in Scarborough and, if I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because I was alone, I had to get used to my host family′s routine and I didn′t know the town I would stay in for two weeks, the students I met at school, my new teachers and all the staff managed to make me feel at home. To be honest, you can enjoy a Teen Vacation with your friends even within the borders of your own country, but at Scarborough International School I found a special atmosphere: students coming from all over the world have the opportunity to tell each other about their culture, habits and plans for the future, as if they knew each other very well. In fact I believe this intercultural exchange is the true novelty which I was impressed with. In addition, Scarborough is a nice town with some relaxing leafy areas, the places I visited on my school excursions in Yorkshire were dramatic and interesting, while the afternoon and evening activities proposed were really enjoyable. To sum up, I was absolutely satisfied with my SIS experience so that I decided to have another Teen Vacation there this year.”

Francesco, Italy


“About a year ago we were on the verge of booking a holiday which was going to be a little out of the ordinary; a week’s study holiday in Scarborough for Dad with seven-year-old daughter. Mum meanwhile would be having a week’s holiday in the true sense of the word. A year on and we are getting ready to repeat the positive and enjoyable experience this adventure turned out to be. The organisation of the school immediately gave us a series of guarantees: our homestay accommodation was arranged with a family who had a young daughter, the study programme was balanced and well-adapted to the needs of both father and daughter.”

Paola, Milan