Year of entry 2024
Improve your academic English language skills to the level needed to study an undergraduate degree, whilst adapting to life in the UK and at the University of Leeds.
You’ll have the chance to:
experience and adapt to studying at a UK university
study the academic English you'll need for undergraduate study
become familiar with the University facilities such as libraries, study spaces and learning platforms
settle into Leeds and meet other students
Studying a pre-sessional at Leeds will improve your academic English level to the standard required for:
an undergraduate degree
the International Foundation Year
modules on the Exchange and Study Abroad course
the Leeds International Summer School
You’ll learn using practical techniques and have access to a wide range of learning resources, including academic articles, talks and lectures designed to enhance your development.
To support your learning, you’ll have access to our Language Zone – a study and resource centre for independent language learning equipped with a computer cluster for personal study, books and magazines, audio and video resources. You’ll also be able to take part in workshops, language groups and language advice drop-ins to get the most out of your studies.
You’ll focus on improving your academic English skills in the following areas:
English language skills
Using English for everyday communication
Vocabulary development and grammatical accuracy
Pronunciation and spelling
Academic reading and writing
Structuring ideas for essays and assignments
Essay writing style
Using academic language in writing
Using academic references in your work
Reading academic resources
Using these skills to enhance your speaking and writing
Academic listening and speaking
Getting the most out of lectures and seminars
Practise listening to talks, lectures and other authentic materials in English
Participating in seminars and discussions
Practising your speaking skills with presentations
Academic skills projects
You’ll work on assignments which give you the opportunity to practise all the academic and communication skills you learn
For example, you might be asked to conduct surveys or specific internet research which are assessed through presentations, class discussions or writing activities
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Pre-sessional Academic English for Undergraduate Studies (two semesters plus summer) in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use academic language appropriate for your academic programme to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
To prepare you for study at a UK university, you’ll be taught in classes, lectures and group seminars. You’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your programme. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning.
In normal circumstances, teaching takes place on the University of Leeds campus. You’ll study full-time, with classes scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.
Your pre-sessional course will include teaching and assessment time, as well as dates when the University will be closed, such as for Christmas, Easter and other public holidays.
Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Throughout the course you’ll work on assignments linked to your class work. This will allow you to monitor your progress and receive feedback from your tutor. In each semester, you’ll take assessments to test your academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.
Entry requirements will be confirmed shortly.
How to apply
Deadline to apply to be confirmed.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
The Language Centre
International: £17462 (per year)
Read more about how to pay.
Additional cost information
Access to all learning materials and software needed for the course is included in the tuition fee.
When teaching takes place on campus, the Language Centre provides a weekly programme of optional social activities during this course. Some of these are free, and some have a cost, normally no more than £30.
Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
For further information on University of Leeds funding for degree courses, please visit our fees and funding for international students page.
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