Friday, 30 October 2009

Bannerman's Discount Cards

We just received a pile of Bannerman's discount cards - get yours @ the ISC Lounge during our usual opening hours or before any of our Trips!

The discount card entitles you to:

  • Bottled beer from £2 - all day every day
  • House Spirit & Draught mixer £2 - Monday - Wednesday
  • £2 entry to all Bannermans Live gigs
  • 20% off all food 12-6 every day
  • Free entry to all Jagermeister Monday gigs
Our International Pub Night takes place every Tuesday from 9pm in Bannerman's [212 Cowgate/near Robertsons Close]!

New Lounge Opening Hours from Monday onwards [02/11]

In order to make our trips & events ticket sales much smoother and reduce your waiting time we are changing the opening time of our Lounge to 12.15pm on Mondays only - with immediate effect.

Please bear in mind that next Saturday the long-awaited & fully sold out ISC Weekend Trip is taking place - hence no Trips tickets go on sale on Monday.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Lindisfarne Trip [31/10]

Join the ISC to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne next Saturday (31/10). We will be visiting the tidal island of outstanding natural beauty as well as the castle on the island. Enjoy a crab sandwhich (local speciality) and see the place where the Vikings first invaded England in 793, an event some historians regard as the start of the Viking Ages.

The road to this island is flooded by the tide twice a day, so it is essential you make it to the bus on the specified time if you do not want to spend the night on the island.

Please remember to bring warm clothes and an umbrella as we will be outside most of the day:) We leave the ISC at 8am and should be back around 6 in the afternoon.

Tickets go on sale Monday the 26th at noon.

Tickets cost £8 pr. person and there are a total of 68 available. If possible, please try to bring the exact amount due to make the sales quicker and easier.

Picture taken from WikiCommons

Friday, 16 October 2009

Scottish Night - Haggis & Ceilidh

On November the 2nd the ISC will host Scottish Night. Originally scheduled earlier, Swiss Night now takes its place on the 26th, Scottish Night has been moved in order to change it into an absolutely unforgettable night of Scottishness!

Scottish Night will be held at Teviot. Initially we will meet in the Dining Room at 7pm, where we will dine on, what is for many, the archetype of Scottish food: Haggis, Neeps & Tatties!

Afterwards we will move up to the Debating Hall, where we have booked a Ceilidh Band so that we can all have a night of fun filled traditional dancing! The Ceilidh will start at 9pm and end when Teviot closes. Should you happen to be thirsty and in need of refreshments, we will have the entire Loft Bar in Teviot reserved especially for us!

Picture from Wikicommons: Kilt

So find forth your kilt, ready your dancing shoes and get a cultural experience! Go to Scottish Night, 2nd of November!

Tickets will be priced at 10£ (including both the Ceilidh & a main course meal of Haggis, Neeps & Tatties) and will go on sale Thursday the 22nd of October at 4pm in the back room of the ISC (where the Foosball table is). We have 100 tickets, so invite your friends! But remember, max 2 tickets per person.

Swiss Night

On the 26th of October the ISC will host an extra bonus nationality night, this time Swiss!

While listening to Swiss folk music and Swiss pop, we will gather around pots and eat cheese fondue. Afterwards there will be hot Ovomaltine and sweets and salty snacks and Swiss herbal tea.

We will tell you some (of the many:) interesting facts about Switzerland and ask funny quiz-questions from time to time. The team that gets most right answers will win a bar of swiss chocolate.

The quiz is followed by the movie Beresina or the last days of Switzerland and those who want, can taste herbal liquor, a common drink in the Alps which is playing a role in the film as well.

Tickets go on sale Monday 19th of October at 12pm and are £3 each.
Sources of cheese fondue & chocolate pictures:

Trip to Loch Katrine [24/10]

Join the ISC on a trip to the beautiful Loch Katrine, the perfect place to enjoy the timeless beauty of The Trossachs [that is a national park - if you did not now]. Magnificent landscapes shaped by nature, and immortalised in poetry by Sir Walter Scott!

Have a nice walk around the amazing Highlands and maybe even go on the Sir Walter Scott steamboat!

Don't miss out on this chances to visit the stunning natural beauty of Scotland! Come by the ISC on Monday [18/10] @ 12.00 and get your ticket for a mere £7! 68 tickets go on sale.

We will be outside for most of the day, so remember to bring warm clothes, umbrella and good outdoor purpose shoes.

Google map:

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For more information on Loch Katrine click here!

Facebook event here!

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The ISC Weekend Trip [07/11 - 08/11]

Tickets cost £75 per person and do include:

- comfortable transport all over Scotland ["There and Back Again"]
- a pair of professional tour guides
- sleepover at [supposedly haunted] Carbidsdale Castle
- 3-course dinner on Saturday night
- followed by a ceilidh [inc. live band!]
- breakfast on Sunday morning

- and most importantly - countless unforgettable memories from one of the most beautiful countries in Europe [we dare you to challenge this bit :)]

Tickets [£75 per person] do not include:

- Saturday lunch - so either bring packed lunches or enough cash
- there is [surprisingly enough] no supermarket in the castle's vicinity - so if you drink alcohol, please BYOB [for Saturday night]

138 TICKETS GO ON SALE ON TUESDAY [20/10] @ 6PM at the ISC Lounge.
Do not forget to bring your student cards and please bear in mind that we will sell only 2 TICKETS PER PERSON!

Itinerary [green dots - move the map in northern direction in order to see where Carbidsdale Castle is]

View International Student Centre Edinburgh 2009/10 in a larger map

Saturday [07/11]

Heading north from Edinburgh, we pass the Forth Bridges, through Perthshire - surrounded by mountains, forests and salmon packed rivers.

We will stop at Dunkeld to visit the beautiful Cathedral and hear gruesome tales of the Wolf of Badenoch who was buried there.

We then head north to the Pass of Killicrankie where you will hear tales about the Jacobites and Bonnie Dundee. Lunch is in the small town of Aviemore in the Cairngorm National Park. Then it's off to lonely Culloden Battlefield, scene of the last major battle in Britain set in the Cairngorm National Park.

We then pass over the Kessock Bridge with views of the Black Isle and Cromarty Firth as we head for our lavish evening accommodation in a haunted Highland castle! After dinner in the fabulous dining hall put your dancing shoes on ready for a foot-stomping ceilidh! Lots of dancing, music and fun to be had tonight? Just watch out for any ghosts that might be trying to join in with the fun!

Sunday [08/11]
Winding our way down the West Coast of Scotland back to Edinburgh in a leisurely manner, we'll visit the monstrous Loch Ness, looking for the elusive monster as we go.

We'll then make a stop at the highest mountain in the UK, mighty Ben Nevis.

From there its into the mysterious and haunting Glencoe - areas that formed the backdrop to the movies "Braveheart" and "Rob Roy", then across the wilds of Rannoch Moor (watch out for the Stags) and south past historic Stirling, arriving back in Edinburgh early evening.

Facebook event here!

Afternoon Trip to Dewars Cancelled

Hi all,

Due to lack of interest and/or the flu thats been circulating around the University, we unfortunately aren't able to do the afternoon tour on Saturday to the Dewars distillery. Luckily, we still have space on the morning tour, so all of you that got afternoon tickets have been moved there. This means that instead of showing up at 12.00am, you will need to show up at 8.00am on Saturday the 17th of October.

If you put your email on our list for a friend please make sure to inform him or her as not everyone left their phone number.

See you all on Saturday!

-The International Student Centre

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Chinese Night

On Monday the 19th of October, 19:00 the fourth of our five nationality themed nights will be held at the ISC.

After all the European nights, it's about time for an Asian night - we will be hosting an evening of Chinese culture.

We will have some Chinese cuisine available for you to try, including dumplings, a stired dish, a stew and red bean drink. Of course, you will get the chance to try them all, but this time we are going to make it a bit more interesting by playing a game before eating. In the game, you will be divided into teams and the winning team wins the priority to choose the one dish they would like to try first. You will also have the chance to imitate a Chinese movie or TV drama in the game.

Green tea will be served afterwards and if you wish, you can have your name written in Chinese characters. So come along on the 19th! 

Tickets go on sale Monday 12th of October at 12:00PM, price £3.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Whisky Tour [17/10]

Next week's trip will be to the Dewars Distillery in Aberfeldy!

If you're interested in whisky this is definitely the tour to attend.
We will have 2 tours to the Dewars distillery next Saturday, so hopefully everyone should have the chance to see how the drink of drinks is made and taste some fine Scotch as well.


Did you know that the word whisky is derived from the Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, which means "Water of life"?

Come along to the ISC on Monday from 12.00pm and buy tickets!

£12 per person and tours leave the ISC at 8:00 and 12:00 Saturday 17/10.

French Night Photos & Video [28/09]

For the entire gallery please click here!

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Scotland v. Australia - Rugby @ Murrayfield [21/11]

Have you ever been to a game of rugby?

Regardless of your answer, you simply cannot afford to miss out on the spectacle that Scotland's encounter with Australia promises to be!

A real rugby powerhouse, having won the World Cup on in 1991, 1999 and narrowly losing to England in 2003 in the very last game after Jonny Wilkinson's legendary drop goal in extra time. Don't you know what a drop goal is? No worries, we are going to explain all the rugby rules so you know when to start cheering [or booing]!

One word - tradition. The Scottish Rugby Union is the second oldest in the whole world and Edinburgh University was one of its founders! Scotland might not have been as successful as Australia, but hey, it is a small country and does rather well in  curling [that is an Olympic sport] and cycling [Chris Hoy] instead.


Scottish fans
Scotland has the most loyal and loving fans in the world - the Tartan Army. Never short of kilts, Jimmy hats, saltires & face paints, never feeling too down to stop banging their drums & playing their bagpipes, never too tired to abandon cheering & Mexican waves - and always smiling... A real must-see while in Scotland and one of the best Scottish exports!

Scotland's home of rugby - capable of taking 64,700 spectators on board! Most big games tend to sell out, promising an unforgettable atmosphere before and throughout [and maybe even after] the match! Seeing the fire show & fireworks as well as singing "Flower of Scotland" just before the game kicks off is a real treat...

Would you like to go?
The word on the street is that tickets are selling out fast - so we decided to step in and buy some. Our "rugby package" will get you some proper [Scottish] food & drinks [whisky too - "When in Rome..."] before the game as well as enough war paint for everyone - regardless of which side you support! We will then head off just in time to see the action unfold...

Now the important bit - tickets [£10/person] go on sale in the back room [where the foosball table is] of the ISC Lounge on Thursday [15/10] @ 4pm. We have [hopefully] ordered enough tickets - although these are yet to be printed out. 

The following will therefore happen - each person will receive a ticket voucher and we will contact you by phone or email once your ticket[/s] have arrived. This system worked perfectly well last year and there is no reason why it should not work this year.

Each ticket holder has to be a matriculated student - Murrayfield security checks student IDs before allowing people into the house of fun...

Any questions? Use the "Post a Comment" feature below...

ISC Rugby Poster

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Wanted [Dead Or Alive] - Photos from French Night, Culzean Castle Trip & Danish Night!

If any of you happens to have some photos from:
  • the French Night
  • the Culzean Castle trip
  • the Danish Night
please do not hesitate and share them with others via our blog/photo sharing service!

It is very simple - just click here to learn how!

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Irish Night

On Monday the 12th of October 7pm the ISC will host Irish Night, the third of our five nationality themed nights.

Our Irish hosts, Sarah & Mary, will give you the opportunity to sample some traditional Irish soda bread, smoked salmon, a selection of sweet treats, Irish whiskey, cream based liquer and of course some Guinness, which no Irish night would be complete without. All this will be accompanied by the sound of traditional Irish music.

Afterwards you’ll learn some interesting facts about all things Irish. We’ll also show some short video clips and a sample of the finest Irish comedy. To finish the night in true Irish style you’ll have the option of accompanying our hosts to some of the best Irish pubs in Edinburgh.

Tickets go on sale Monday 5th of October at 12pm, price £3.