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Pre-sessional English course: How we support you

We offer a range of support services before you arrive in the UK and during your studies on the Pre-sessional English course.

Before you arrive

Pre-course information

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 online Summer Pre-sessional English long, medium and short courses, self-catering accommodation may be available. University accommodation is in secure, modern university halls of residence close to the campus. Please contact the course administrators to find out if there is any availability.

Please see accommodation and course fees for more information.

Advice on immigration or other aspects of studying at Kingston

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.

During the course

Main course visa applications

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.

Police Registration

Our administrators will assist students who need to register with the police. 

Study support

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 be introduced to the online systems, including the University's learning resources centres (LRCs) and the University's extensive e-resources.

Facilities and resources (face-to-face courses only)

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.

Learning resources centres

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.

After the course

Further English language development

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.


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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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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