Language support

We offer both English preparation courses for international students planning to study with us and English language support for students during their studies. Our students can also access a wide range of facilities.

Prepare for your application or studies

Our intensive pre-sessional English language courses are designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies. We are also a British Council accredited International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test centre. 

During your studies

We have a dedicated team here to support your language needs throughout your studies.

English Language Support Programme

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome. Our purpose is to provide the tailored English language support you need during your time at Surrey.

Benefits of ELSP

  • Receive tailored English Language support for your area of study
  • Access to one-to-one tutorials to support you with your written assignments, presentations and study skills
  • Access to a one-to-one free dissertation checking service
  • The course is free of charge
  • The course has no assessments
  • All study materials are provided.

What you can study

We offer a wide selection of courses including:

  • Academic listening
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Assignment writing
  • Critical reading and note taking
  • Critical thinking 
  • Dissertation writing
  • English for employment skills
  • Grammar for academic writing
  • Oral skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Technical writing.


Courses last from four to nine weeks, and mainly consist of one 50 minute lesson per week. Courses run in both semesters and you may enrol in a maximum of three courses per semester.

How to apply

You can enrol on an ELSP course once you are a registered student at the University and have an active IT account.

Language and Culture Exchange Scheme

We offer all undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to learn and practise another language through the Language and Culture Exchange Scheme (LACES).

What is LACES?

With LACES you can find a language partner who speaks the language you want to learn or improve. In return you can help them practise your first language. You will have the benefit of speaking your chosen language with a native speaker, and at the same time finding out all about their culture. Speaking another language enhances your future employment prospects.

How to apply

You can enrol on LACES once you are a registered student at the University and have an active IT account.

Language study area

Our students have access to equipment and software used by individuals in the professional world.