ISSOS was started with one clear mission: To create a safe place for people to learn and grow.
In 2005, ISSOS was established by Jen Munro, a St Andrews University Graduate, who after working as a summer camp counselor in the USA, realised she wanted to provide students from all over the world, with a balanced summer program. The quote above was handed to Jen by a child when she worked at camp and Jen realised she wanted to create a place where young people felt safe and could learn from one another.
Why ISSOS was started
ISSOS Time Line
2006 - ISSOS, St Andrews
St Andrews was the obvious choice for the first summer school due to its safe location and historical setting. The first session of ISSOS took place in 2006, with 50 students.
2011 - ISSOS, Cambridge
In 2011, with growing demand for the format of summer program, the international mix of students and the selection of academics and electives offered, ISSOS Cambridge was launched at Queens' College at Cambridge University. ISSOS established two amazing UK based homes in St Andrews and Cambridge universities, both chosen due to their safe location and world renowned reputations.
Students have always been at the heart of everything we do and we have listed to feedback from students, parents and teachers to develop all aspects of the company, fast becoming recognised as one of the top International Summer Schools.
2016 - ISSOS at Yale
In 2016 we launched our third campus at Yale University in the USA. Having spent time talking with students and parents who wanted to experience and American University and who constantly requested that there was an ISSOS in the USA we decided to look for a safe, historic, world renowned location and we found it at Yale University. Taking our most popular academics and electives and making sure we had a balanced summer school staff, a mix of American and British staff we launched Yale in July 2016 with a Kilted piper at the front of Trumbull College to welcome students, many of whom were returning to ISSOS for the third time but the first time in the US.
Staying true to our Scottish roots we have some unique ISSOS traditions that exist in all our campuses; Students and staff join a Scottish clan and compete over three weeks in their clans, we run Scottish Dancing as an evening program, students are welcomed by a piper and we always pipe in a Haggis on the final night for dinner.
10 years of ISSOS
ISSOS has grown significantly since 2005, attracting students from over 70 nationalities to each session and catering to over 600 students. Every year, students and staff talk of ISSOS as being a family, and that’s what we’re looking to develop and maintain: an international family where friendships span the world.
ISSOS is a values-led company and has a core set of values that run through everything we do. One of our most important assets is our people and we endeavour to find the best people to work with us every year. As we grow, we are committed to offering the highest level of service and quality product. It is imperative that whilst doing this, we have fun, making sure everyone associated with ISSOS, has The Experience of a Lifetime.