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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 follow minimum targets for engagement, attainment and achievement: please see the information on this page regarding successful completion.

Special arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

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

All 2023 summer pre-sessional courses will be taught online.

Students taking part in our specially-designed distance learning programme will complete their studies and be assessed online. Students are not required to travel to Kingston upon Thames for the Online Pre-sessional English courses. Visas are not required to enrol and we can accept a variety of English language tests with applications (please see entry requirements page).

Please check the national government guidance before travelling to or within in the UK and please contact the course administrators if you wish to come to the UK and/or stay in Kingston University halls accommodation.

The situation will be monitored closely and any information about future additional face to face options for the autumn course will be updated here.

To complete the course, online students will need:

  • a laptop or PC
  • a webcam and headset
  • a stable and reliable internet connection: internet speeds with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps (up/down), with a recommended speed of 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • a suitable quiet place to study alone
2023 summer coursesCourse datesApplication deadlineAction
Extended course 6 March – 4 August
Latest start: 9am, 9 March
11am, 27 February  Apply now.
Long course 10 April – 4 August
Latest start: 9am, 17 April
(Holiday: 15 – 19 May)
11am, 3 April

Apply now.

Medium course 22 May – 4 August
Latest start: 9am, 25 May
11am, 15 May Apply now.
Short course 26 June – 4 August
Latest start: 9am, 26 June
11am, 19 June Apply now.
2023 autumn coursesCourse datesApplication deadlineAction
Medium course 25 September – 8 December

Latest start: 9am, 28 September

11am, 8 September Applications
will open in May 2023.
Short course 30 October – 8 December

Latest start: 9am, 30 October

11am, 13 October Applications
will open in May 2023.

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, engagement or attainment fulfilment falls below 80% from day one of your course.

Please note: Students with a Student Route 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 enrolment, we will refund all monies paid (less the non-refundable deposit).
    • If you wish to change your course after applying (for example to a shorter course), you must inform us before enrolment is complete.
    • 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 courseCancellation
6 Mar – 9 Apr 2023 
10 Apr – 21 May 2023

Cancellation 22 May
25 Jun 
2023 (summer) or 25 Sep 29 Oct 2023 (autumn)

Cancellation on
or after 26 Jun 2023 (summer) or 30 Oct 2023
Extended Course student £5,950
(non KU £7,025)
(non KU £4,950)
(non KU £2,700)
Long Course Student n/a £4,195
(non KU £4,950)
(non KU £2,700)
Medium Course Student n/a n/a £2,400
(non KU £2,700)
Short Course student n/a n/a n/a £0

Please note: Refunds will be made after the pre-sessional course has finished.

Contact us

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

Please note: administrators are best contacted by email while remote working is in place during the pandemic.

Contact us

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

Please note: administrators are best contacted by email while remote working is in place during the pandemic.

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