International student support

We can help you join the global conversation where you will be with people from more than 140 countries.

International support

The International Student Support team support you before and during your time at Surrey. We’re happy to help with any questions relating to being an international student. We can provide a range of advice and information, including the latest information on visa issues, police registration, part-time working regulations, and inviting relatives and friends to visit.

The team also organise events throughout the year, including welcome and orientation events, an end-of-year lunch and opportunities to explore Guildford and beyond.

Language teaching and English language support

We provide specialised language teaching and offer a free Global Graduate Award programme in foreign languages to all Surrey students. We also offer free English language support during your studies and you can use the Language Study Area, which provides a wide range of self-study facilities.

Pre-sessional English language courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses 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.

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English language proficiency test for study, work and emigration.

Our School of Literature and Languages is a British Council accredited IELTS test centre. 

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English Language Support Programme (ELSP)

The English Language Support Programme (ELSP), delivered by the School of Literature and Languages, provides tailored English language support to all Surrey students registered on undergraduate or postgraduate courses. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language.

All students who enrol in writing classes are entitled to one-to-one tutorials with our expert tutors in English for academic purposes. 

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International students

We are here to help you throughout your application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

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International students