Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

Welcome to ISCA

Every year, the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance, ISCA, welcomes select school groups from all over the globe to the United Kingdom for one of our four programmes. These programmes are designed specifically for 11 to 15-year-old students. During their time with us, each student will learn about British history and culture by visiting the very best sights in southern England. We have chosen these sights with our students in mind: they are immersive experiences which capitalise on an 11 to 15-year-old’s natural sense of curiosity.

At this age, students have an amazing sense of curiosity and wonder, an openness to learn about the world, others, and themselves and the ISCA experience empowers them to do just that.

With 38 years’ experience in providing unique and exhilarating programmes, ISCA has built up an enviable reputation for excellence, of which we are very proud. The whole ISCA team would be delighted to welcome your school or your child onto one of our global programmes. We invite you to explore our website to find out what makes ISCA such a unique experience for our students.

The ISCA Mission:

  • Understand British History & Culture: During the programme, students will take a journey through British history, developing an understanding of key historic events by exploring over 30 of the most significant landmark sites in the country.
  • Meet new friends and embrace new cultures: ISCA welcomes English-speaking schools from all over the world, creating a truly immersive global experience and allowing students to share their own cultures and form new global friendships.
  • Independence: A central ethos of our programme is student-led learning. This gives them agency over their learning and allows them to focus on their own specific interests. In addition, the activity book ensures each visit has a learning objective, encouraging the students to exercise independence and collaboration with peers in order to discover the answers.
  • 1 teacher: 5 students: Teachers are always present, giving the students the security of knowing they are in a safe environment.

The ISCA Programmes

ISCA Global

Our three-week flagship summer travel programme for international students


Our brand-new one-week summer programme for students based in the UK

ISCA Scotland

Our Hogmanay trip to Scotland for students who have already joined us for ISCA Global or ISCA UK

Customised Programmes

Programmes tailored specifically to individual groups