We offer a range of support services before you arrive in the UK and during your studies on the Pre-sessional English course.
Our course administrators will support you through the application process; helping with visa applications. They will let you know what to bring with you, and give you information about arrival procedures and what to do on the first day of your course. They will be in contact regularly with updates: emailing the address that you provide on your application form. Please make sure that you read their emails carefully.
During the Summer Pre-sessional English long, medium and short courses, self-catering accommodation is available in secure, modern university halls of residence close to the campus. For other courses, accommodation may be available. You can apply directly for this accommodation.
Please see accommodation and course fees for more information.
University advisors can assist you before (and during) your studies with any questions or problems you may have on a range of matters, including immigration and visa questions, accommodation, financial advice, tuition fee payment and cultural issues.
University advisors will assist Pre-sessional students who need to apply for a new visa, or a visa extension for their main courses at Kingston University.
Our administrators will assist students who need to register with the police.
We are determined to help you successfully complete your course. In your weekly tutorial you can discuss any problems that you may have and receive valuable advice and guidance (see teaching, learning and assessment). You will become familiar with the University's learning resources centres (LRCs) and the University's extensive e-resources. In addition, our Guided Study programmes allows you to work on specific areas of your English whenever you want.
You will be based at one of on the main University campuses and can use all of the University's facilities during your course. These include extensive computing facilities, fitness centre and canteen.
The University has four learning resources centres (LRCs), which have large libraries of books, print and electronic journals, specialist collections, private study areas with computers, plus a wireless network and laptops available for students to borrow.
During your main course, we offer you free English classes to support you throughout your studies at Kingston. These include skills, language and one-to-one tutorials. At the end of your Pre-sessional English course you will receive information about the range of classes available and advice on which classes to join.
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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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