Pre-sessional Course in Academic English

Summer 2021

Enrolment for our summer 2021 Pre-sessional course isn't open just yet but more information will follow shortly.


 The University of Oxford Language Centre is pleased to offer an Online Pre-sessional English course. This five-week intensive programme provides students with the necessary academic writing and speaking skills to prepare them for studying in English at Oxford. The course is suitable for both postgraduates and undergraduates. International academics, and students preparing to study at universities other than Oxford, are also welcome to apply.

Over the weeks, students will learn to write accurate, well-organised papers in a style appropriate to their discipline, and to use a range of reading techniques to improve their critical reading and note-taking skills. Students will practise their spoken English, learning how to express their ideas clearly and concisely, and to interact effectively and appropriately with others in seminar style classes and during presentations. Furthermore, students will receive advice and practice on improving their listening skills. Specifically, the Online Summer Pre-sessional English Course will help students:

  • Write academic English for different audiences and purposes
  • Understand grammatical aspects of language that pose difficulty for non-native writers
  • Read more effectively, with increased efficiency and speed
  • Improve their pronunciation and learn to speak confidently in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Develop academic study skills such as searching for information and referencing sources

The course fee is £2400. If your application is accepted, you will be sent a link to the Oxford University Online Store in order to pay the full balance of the course. Once your payment has been made, your place on the course will be confirmed. 


    The course will be delivered through online lectures, recorded by our Academic English team and expert departmental lecturers. It will be supported with live classes, small seminars, and one-to-one and group tutorials with English tutors (using video conferencing software).

    These real-time classes will be based around interactive exercises and collaborative tasks, and students will be expected to research and prepare written and oral assignments in their discipline of study. Comprehensive feedback will be provided by tutors via videoconferencing software and the Oxford Virtual Learning Environment.


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    The Oxford Online Pre-sessional offers a stimulating introduction to academic and social life at the University of Oxford. Pre-sessional students will discover the history, traditions and unique culture of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, while making new friends.


    "The course exposed my shortcomings both in spoken and written English, and it provided a helpful guide on how to improve myself. I feel better prepared for the course in my discipline."

                       Wei Dong, China, Magister Juris (MJur) Law

    There are a number of reasons to choose the Oxford Online Pre-sessional:

    • You are able to follow the course from the convenience of your own home, and do not need to travel to Oxford
    • The course is specifically designed for online delivery. Using cutting edge technology and software, the course follows the same curriculum, and offers the same quality of experience, as our in-person offering
    • You will not miss out on personal feedback and social interactions. Over the five weeks, you will:
      • receive regular personalised tutorials and feedback with University of Oxford language tutors
      • have the opportunity to meet and socialise with students from around the world in a virtual classroom environment
    • The course is open to all students with conditional or unconditional offers from Oxford University
    • The course will also accept international academics and students intending to study at other universities
    • Oxford University requires evidence of ability in English for admission to its courses. Please see the University’s English language requirements for undergraduate study, graduate study and advice for applicants and offer holders during Covid-19.
    • A visa is not required for the online Pre-sessional course

    The assessments will cover all four key skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking and will take place throughout the duration of the course. 

    Key information

    • Length: 6-week online intensive course
    • Dates: Monday 19 July - Friday 27 August
    • Cost: £2400


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    Enrolment for the 2021 Pre-sessional course is not yet open. If you would like to be notified of enrolment opening, please sign up to our mailing list.


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