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Pre-sessional English course: How to apply

Before applying, please seek our advice about family, study, work or travel commitments that may affect you during your time on the Pre-sessional English course. It is important that you start your course on Day 1: later starts disadvantage both you and your fellow students. We maintain a strict minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all sessions on each course. Attendance is monitored from Day 1 of each course, so absence will be accrued if you arrive late. On the Online Pre-sessionals, we also require you to complete a minimum of 80% of all study by the deadlines set, and expect you to complete work to a high standard.

Special arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are thinking of everyone affected by the coronavirus public health emergency and hope you all remain safe and well.

Latest update: All 2020 summer and autumn pre-sessional courses to be taught online.

All the University's pre-sessional courses taking place in 2020 will now be taught online as a result of the ongoing public health emergency. Students taking part in our specially designed distance learning programme will complete their studies and be assessed online. Due to the restrictions in place, students should not travel to Kingston upon Thames to take the courses. Visas are not required to enrol and we can accept a variety of English language tests with applications.

To complete the course, students will need:

  • a laptop or PC
  • a webcam and headphones
  • a stable internet connection: internet speeds with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps (up/down), with a recommended speed of 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • a suitable place to study

Please see How to apply for more guidance on application times.

** Summer pre-sessional: We are now only accepting applications from students with main course offers from Kingston University. Our summer courses are now closed to students planning to study elsewhere.**

2020 summer courses Course dates Application deadlineAction
Extended 6 April – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 9 April
11 am, 25 March Applications closed
Long course 18 May – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 21 May
11 am, 11 May  Applications closed
Medium course 22 June – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 25 June
11 am, 15 June Applications closed
Short course 27 July – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 27 July
11 am, 20 July 2020 Applications closed
2020 autumn courses Course dates Application deadlineCourse fees
Medium course 28 September – 11 December 2020
Latest start: 9 am, 1 October
11 am, 18 September Applications closed
Short course 2 November – 11 December 2020
Latest start: 9 am, 4 November
11 am, 23 October Apply now

Apply online

  1. To avoid disappointment please read the PSE guidance notes (PDF) carefully, before you make your application.
  2. Submit the online application (via the links in the course table on this page). You should apply for your pre-sessional English course as early as possible (at least eight weeks before the start date) – particularly if you require a visa to study in the UK. Please consider visa processing times in your country before you apply. Late applications are made at your own risk and we reserve the right not to process late applications if you are unlikely to be able to start the course on day one.
  3. After you submit your application, we will send you an email confirmation and request the £1,000 non-refundable deposit*. Once your non-refundable deposit payment has cleared, we will process your application.
  4. We will ask you for further information if necessary, and then send you your offer letter.

* If your studies are being sponsored by your government or a company, and you provide evidence of this, you do not need to pay the deposit.

Payment details

The simplest way to pay is via online payments, though bank drafts/transfers are also acceptable:

  • Secure online payment
    When making your payment please select 'pre-sessional fees' – remember to tell us which course you are applying for. There are no additional charges when making your payment online.
    Important: Please remember to quote your student ID, name and/or invoice reference.
  • International Transfer
    International bank transfers can be made using Kingston University's payments platform powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions. This allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay GBP student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to make your payment.

You must pay the balance of course fees directly to Kingston University on or before the first day of the course.

Withdrawal policy

You will be withdrawn from the Pre-sessional English course in cases where:

  • You have not arrived and enrolled by the latest start date.
  • Your attendance falls below 80% from day one of your course.

Please note: Students with a Tier 4 Student Visa sponsored by Kingston University will also be reported to UK Visas and Immigration.

Cancellation and refund policy

If you wish to cancel your place on a Pre-sessional English course, send an email detailing your reasons for withdrawing to If you wish to request a refund, please do so by email within three months of your course start date.

  • If you cancel your place before day one of your course we will refund all monies paid (less the non-refundable deposit).
  • The deposit is not normally refundable but can be held if you need to defer your place.
  • Deposit refunds may be considered at the University's sole discretion if you don't receive your visa for reasons the University considers were beyond your control and you can provide sufficient documentary evidence. Please remember that late applications are made at your own risk.
  • Refunds due for cancellations after your course has started

    Kingston university students refund (non-Kingston university students refund)

Type of course
6 Apr-17 May 2020
17 May-21 Jun 2020
21 Jun-26 Jul 2020 (summer)
28 Sept-1 Nov 2020 (autumn)
Cancellation on or after
27 Jul 2020 (summer)
2 Nov 2020 (autumn)
Extended Course student
(non KU £6,420)
(non KU £4,440)
(non KU £2,400)
Long Course Student n/a £3,700
(non KU £4,440)
(non KU £2,400)
Medium Course Student n/a n/a £2,000
(non KU £2,400)
Short Course student n/a n/a n/a £0

Please note: Refunds will be made after the end of the pre-sessional course.

Contact us

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

Contact us

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

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