Pre-sessional Courses

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students applying for any pre-sessional English language course and needing a Tier 4 (student) visa need to provide a UKVI IELTS report.

Our Pre-Sessional English language programmes are designed as intensive English preparation for international students planning to study on a degree programme at the University of Surrey, who wish to improve their language skills or for whom successful completion of a pre-sessional course is a condition of their degree offer.

Our programmes last 12, 8 or 5 weeks depending on your level of English language. If you attend and successfully complete any of the Pre-Sessional English language programmes, you will be able to progress directly onto your chosen University of Surrey degree without the need to re-take any external language tests.

Our Pre-Sessional programmes help you to:

  • Begin your degree course with confidence
  • Research and complete academic assignments
  • Develop academic writing and study skills
  • Engage in critical thinking and independent learning
  • Improve language and fluency
  • Learn time management and other organisational skills
  • Participate in seminars and give presentations
  • Learn about university life at Surrey
  • Become familiar with all learning facilities

Summer Pre-Sessional Courses include a varied social programme designed to help you settle into life at the University, make new friends and explore British culture.

Examples of activities include:

  • Day trips to places of interest e.g. Brighton, Oxford, Windsor
  • Sporting activities
  • Cinema and theatre visits
  • Welcome and Farewell parties

Summer Pre-Sessional English Language Programme - Entrance Requirements

The Pre-Sessional course you should follow depends on your incoming language proficiency and the level you need to achieve for your chosen degree. The tables below indicate the length of Pre-Sessional study you need, based on the difference between your current IELTS level and the English language requirement for your degree course at the University of Surrey. Prospective students need to have fulfilled these requirements before the start of their course.

If you do not yet have the required score for a Pre-Sessional Summer course, you might consider taking a Pre-sessional Stage 1, 2 or 3 course. 

Your degree offerYour current scorePre-Sessional programme
6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in each component5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component12 weeks
6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in each component6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component8 weeks
6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in each component6.5 with 5.5 in one component OR have already achieved IELTS requirements5 weeks
7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in each component6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component12 weeks
7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in each component6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component8 weeks
7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in each component7.0 with 6.0 in one component OR have already achieved IELTS requirements5 weeks
Pre-sessional booklet (561.31KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

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