Pre-sessional stages 1, 2 and 3 plus pre-sessional stage 4 constitutes a preparation programme for international students whose first language is not English and who are intending to begin a postgraduate degree at the University of Surrey.

If you intend to study on one of our pre-sessional English language programmes and you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, you will usually need to provide a valid UKVI IELTS Academic report, which is a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). Grades required can be seen on the individual course pages.

Overview of pre-sessional courses 

Stage number Pre-sessional course name Dates Duration
1 PS1 Not available in 2017/18 Not applicable
2 PS2 November 2017 - February 2018 10 weeks
3 PS3 February 2018 - May 2018 10 weeks
4 PS12 June 2018 - September 2018 12 weeks
  PS8 July 2018 - September 2018 8 weeks
  PS5 August 2018 - September 2018 5 weeks

Students who successfully complete stage 3 will proceed onto our stage 4, twelve week summer pre-sessional course without retaking the IELTS test. They may, depending on their grade, be able to proceed to the eight or five week pre-sessional course or onto their degree programme.

Please note: only those who achieve very high grades will be able to move directly onto their degree course.

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