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Pre-sessional English Courses

The Centre for Academic English runs intensive preparatory English language and study courses for prospective students of the College throughout the summer. The courses are STEM-focused and run  for 12, 6 or 3 weeks. They are designed to improve students' academic English language and literacy and to help students make a smooth transition into academic study in the UK and enhance their experience as a student at Imperial. All three courses are full-time, with classes and activities from 09.30-17.00 Mondays-Fridays as well as some evening and weekend social events and trips.

The 12- and 6-week courses are open to postgraduates and are for applicants who have not quite met the English language entry condition of their offer. There is still time this week for applicants whose English is below the entry requirement for your postgraduate programme to apply for one of the last few places on the 12-week course, and there are still several weeks for students to apply for the 6-week course. We would like to stress the added value of a period of study in the UK, particularly here at Imperial, immersed in English and focused on academic study, which is of greater benefit to students who have not met the English condition of their offer than taking and re-taking the IELTS exam.

The 3-week course differs from the 12- and 6-week programmes in that it is aimed at students who have already met the condition of their offer. For this reason the 3-week course is open to undergraduates and postgraduates. It is designed for students who are keen to orient themselves to studying through English, to the College and its facilities and to the local area.
Full information is available on the Imperial College website

Applications are via the College's online application site


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