Pre-sessional English language courses

If you are an international student planning to study on a degree course with us but don't meet our initial English language requirements, you may benefit from our pre-sessional English language courses.

You will automatically be moved onto your degree course on successful completion of your pre-sessional English language course, if this is condition of your offer, without the need to take any additional external language tests, including IELTS.

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We offer four different pre-sessional English language courses, each designed for your level of ability.

Your application

Once you have submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email from us. Within 48 hours of receiving this confirmation email, you will receive a second email, which will include your university number and details of how to login to Surrey Self-Service. If you already have access, you can login to see your English language application as soon as you receive the initial confirmation email.

You need to regularly access the portal in order to track the status of your application.

Providing documents

If we require further information in order to assess your application you will be sent an email advising you to login to Surrey Self-Service. You will then be able to see which documents we require and will be asked to upload this information.


Once we have made a decision on your application, you will be sent an email advising you to login, where you will be able to see the outcome.

If your application is successful, your offer letter will be available on Surrey Self-Service. This letter can be used for official purposes (if required).

Accepting your offer

We advise accepting your offer as early as possible through Surrey Self-Service.

Acceptance can be made:

  • With or without payment of your 10% deposit.
  • With or without satisfactory evidence of sponsorship.

If you accept without payment or evidence, your status will show as ‘provisionally accepted.’

Once we have have received your deposit or satisfactory evidence of sponsorship, your status will be updated to ‘firmly accepted.’ You can then apply for accommodation. You need to apply for:

  • 2019/20 for your pre-sessional English language course
  • 2020/21 for your degree course.

In most cases you will remain in the same accommodation when you progress to your degree programme.

Declining your offer

If you decide that you do not wish to accept your offer of a place, please decline through Surrey Self-Service.

Starting your course

When to arrive and leave

It may be possible to arrive up to two nights early and move into University accommodation. Students normally arrive the day before their course starts and leave the day after their course finishes.

Travelling to the University

We are unable to provide an airport pick up for your pre-sessional English language course.

Whether you are arriving to Heathrow or Gatwick airports, there are various modes of transport you can use to get to the University

Address: University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.

Pre-departure guide

Find out the essential information you need to know for when you leave home, arrive on campus, and settle into university life.