Academic Writing

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Receive life-saving academic skills training and proofreading support from an expert. We help you improve your academic writing for university essays, dissertations, theses and articles.  We also provide CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile mentoring.




Academic Proofreading

We offer academic proofreading for post-graduate and undergraduate university dissertations and essays, and private academic writing tuition with experts.  We also offer CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile mentoring and proofreading.

The level of English you need to succeed in a post-graduate or undergraduate university programme in Britain is exceptionally high.  Our professional academic writing teachers and proofreading services will help you improve your university essays, dissertations, theses, projects and presentations.

Even with a sufficient IELTS or Cambridge score, you still need to improve your academic writing, reading, research and listening skills, as well as your ability to discuss and debate effectively, not to mention your study and time management skills.

We offer the following support to help you get the results you desire:

  • Academic writing coaching
  • Academic skills tuition
  • Academic Proofreading and editing

Student Discount!

If you are a university student, we can offer you a discounted rate of £27 per hour for private lessons or proofreading (usually £45).  Just ask!

Prefer a group course?

If you need more help, join our 6 week English for University Students part-time course. Have a better time at university by improving both your academic and general English in a small group of up to 8 international students!  Focus on topical discussions, seminar language, presentation skills, academic writing, and English CVs etc. As a student, you enjoy this course at 20% off!

Why choose Venture English?

  • We keep our classes small so that you can receive more focused support from your teacher than is possible in larger groups, while still enjoying a more affordable course than private lessons.
  • We’re a small, teacher-run school, so we treat you like a person, not a statistic. We genuinely care about your experience with us and your progress.
  • Our teachers are qualified and very experienced, and specialise in teaching international university students.
  • We’re perfectly situated for you to continue your English language immersion even after class, as Venture English is at near Edinburgh University Summerhall, the city’s most adventurous arts and events venue!

Edinburgh Homestay

Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay!  Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes.  This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh!  You can choose the kind of host you stay with.  For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc.  In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi.  Homestays are from £175 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.

Homestay accommodation in Edinburgh

City Centre Hostel

Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount!  The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017.  It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops.  Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds.  Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount.  A dorm bed is from £137 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.

kitchen the baxter hostel Edinburgh

Private Apartments

If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb.  Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels.  The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local.  If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you.  Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week.  Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.

Private apartments in Edinburgh

Price Summary

Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee

Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee

Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee

*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise.  Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.

Product Enquiry

How to Book

To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment.  Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or  If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment.  Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.

At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.

If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!

What Happens Next?

When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.

We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests.  We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.


Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.

If you cancel your course:

  • more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.

For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.

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