Support on offer for international students and staff
Academic English courses at the Language Centre are open to all non-native English speaking members of the University, with special courses also available for Academic Visitors and partners of University Members, and pre-sessional summer courses.
It should be noted that for Academic English courses, there is no priority form and no requirement for prior approval by departments, faculties or colleges, as these courses are an entitlement for international students whose first language is not English. If you would like to discuss your students’ English learning needs, please contact the courses administrator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important information about fees
The outcome of the 2009 consultation by the Education Committee on language learning in the University by non-specialists produced a clear view that priority should be given to language courses required for study and research and to courses in Academic English which would support international students for whom English is an additional language. Since then, departments, faculties, colleges and institutions have met the charges for their matriculated students who require these courses.
The registration charge to departments, faculties and colleges for 2022/23 is £90 per student per term per course. Once students have enrolled, colleges, departments, faculties and institutions will be sent a list of their students for verification and payment on a termly basis. Additionally, students will be charged a fee of £90 per term per course.
Pre-sessional summer English course for prospective students
The University Language Centre offers a 6 week Online Pre-sessional course for incoming international students each summer. Please consider making the Pre-sessional English course part of incoming students’ conditional offer where appropriate, as it is likely to deliver stronger results for students than their working on just improving a numerical test score in their own country. For the overwhelming majority of students this course should raise their overall average IELTs score by at least 0.5, and as such would be appropriate for students narrowly missing the University entrance requirements, i.e. with an IELTs score of 6.5 (standard) or 7.0 (higher). For students with jagged profiles on the different components of the test (speaking, writing, reading or listening) this course can also focus on a particular skill. The Language Centre would not, however, recommend accepting students who have scores of less than 6 in any individual component. For more detailed information and advice, please email email@example.com