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Pre-sessional English course

2017 summer courses
Course dates Application deadline* Action
Extended course
5 April – 8 Sept 2017
holiday: 15-19 May
27 Mar 2017 11am Applications open in December 2016
latest start: 9am 10 April
Long course
22 May – 8 Sept 2017
12 May 2017 11am Applications open in December 2016
latest start: 9am 25 May
Medium course 26 June – 8 Sept 2017
16 June 2017 11am Applications open in December 2016
latest start: 9am 29 June
Short course 31 July – 8 Sept 2017 
21 July 2017 11am Applications open in December 2016
latest start: 9am 31 July
2017 autumn courses
Course dates Application deadline* Action
Extended course
17 July –  15 Dec 2017
holiday: 25-29 Sept
7 July 2017 11am Applications open in April 2017
latest start: 9am 20 July
Long course
21 Aug – 15 Dec 2017
holiday: 25-29 Sept
11 Aug 2017 11am Applications open in April 2017
latest start: 9am 24 Aug
Medium course 2 Oct – 15 Dec 2017
22 Sept 2017 11am Applications open in April 2017
latest start: 9am 5 Oct
Short course 6 Nov – 15 Dec 2017
27 Nov 2017 11am Applications open in April 2017
latest start: 9am 6 Nov

*IMPORTANT: Please see "How to apply" for more guidance on application times.

Why choose this course?

Kingston University's Pre-sessional English course will develop your English language and study skills to prepare you for your main course at university. Students who choose this course are ambitious and motivated. They come from a wide range of countries and go on to study on a wide range of degree programmes. Our teaching and administrative team are highly skilled and experienced in working with international students and we are committed to helping you successfully complete the course. Together this makes for a varied and stimulating academic experience.

Our courses will:

  • develop your academic English language skills so that you become more confident in your use of English and can participate fully on your chosen university programme;
  • develop the study skills you need at university;
  • develop your independence as a learner, which is an important skill for studying at British universities; and
  • introduce you to the University, Kingston and the surrounding area, helping you to settle in to your new environment and meet other students.

Student Arwa talks about the Pre-sessional English course in the following video:

Who are the courses for?

The courses are designed for international and European Union students who want to improve their English language skills and familiarise themselves with studying at university before starting studies at Kingston or another university.

This includes:

  • students who wish to prepare for university study and have met their English language requirement for their main course;
  • students who do not meet the English language entry requirements for their chosen university course;
  • students joining Kingston University as part of an exchange programme (eg Erasmus or Study Abroad); and
  • students planning to study at another British university.

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042 / +44 (0)20 8417 7790

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042 / +44 (0)20 8417 7790

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Pre-sessional course accreditation

Pre-sessional course accreditation

Our pre-sessional English course is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). This organisation sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service.

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