English for University Study

A flexible English course focusing on academic English and the study skills you need to succeed on your INTO academic programme or university degree.

Why apply for this course?

The course suits a range of needs and will teach you to:

  • adapt to university-style teaching
  • learn the necessary research skills for university study
  • improve your overall English language ability and academic presentation techniques

What is special about the programme?

English for University Study is a year-round course of intensive academic English language study designed to prepare you either for entry to a further academic preparation programme at INTO City, University of London or for entry to your degree at City, University of London.

As well as teaching you how to adapt to university-style teaching and improving your English language and academic study skills you'll also benefit from:

  • multiple start dates
  • flexible durations of study
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Enhanced English for University Study

The Enhanced English for University Study programme offers the standard 20 contact hours per week plus an additional module to ensure you make the most of your learning experience. This extra module will focus on language and provide a further 10 learning hours per week which will utilise both face-to-face and online activities, as well as flexible online coursework so you can work at a time that suits you.

Who should apply?

Students who have a score of between IELTS 4.0 and 5.5 on arrival and aim to progress on to an academic programme with INTO will benefit from this programme. It’s particularly well suited to motivated students who want to make progress quickly and intend to improve their IELTS score by up to one full point. As all students improve at different speeds, when calculating your study plan you should base this on an increase of between 0.5 and 1.0 IELTS band each term.

What will I study?

This course will enable you to develop your knowledge, ability and confidence in a variety of skills that are essential for higher education, as well as giving you a greater command of written and spoken English.

You will study:

  • core English language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary
  • study skills: teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and time management.

The course comprises 20 hours of taught lessons per week plus additional support where required, which will be supervised by your tutor. In order to make good progress, you are expected to do approximately 20 additional hours of private study outside class.


At the end of each term, your skills and language will be assessed to give a clear indication of your progress. Methods of assessment may include:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • research projects
  • reading, writing and listening examinations.


Where will it take me?

Course outcomes

As part of the course, you will receive independent advice and guidance to support your university selection and the process of applying to a UK university.

As long as you have met the academic requirements for your chosen degree programme, successful completion of the course offers:

  • direct entry to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at City, University of London
  • assured progression to an International Foundation or Graduate Diploma programme (subject to meeting Tier 4 student visa requirements)

Enhanced English for University Study

What will I study?

This programme provides an additional 10 learning hours per week to the 20 contact hours on the standard English for University Study course. You'll build on essential language skills and vocabulary, and practice what you have learned in class, benefitting from additional face-to-face contact hours and online learning to encourage engagement and communication in English.

How do I qualify?


English requirements:

IELTS 3.0 (with a minimum of 3.0 in writing) or equivalent. 

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.


17 years and above 

Note: Students aged 16 will be accepted if holding an offer for progression to the International Foundation (subject to meeting the Foundation age requirement)

When can I start?

You can study for one or more terms, depending on your study plan.


Start date Term dates Fees

April 2017 start

Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 23 Jun 2017

£4,600 per term

July 2017 start

Wed 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£4,600 per term

September 2017 start

Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

£4,300 per term

January 2018 start

Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

£4,300 per term

April 2018 start

Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£4,300 per term

July 2018 start

Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018

£4,300 per term

Enhanced English for University Study

Start date Term dates Fees

April 2017 start

Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 23 Jun 2017

£4,600 per term

July 2017 start

Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£4,600 per term


Students must take a minimum of one term.

Tuition fees do not include textbooks and other learning materials which are an additional £80 per academic term.


Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

How long will it take to improve my IELTS score?

On average students are likely to progress at a rate of about 0.5 on the IELTS scale for every 12 weeks of study. So if you only need to improve your IELTS score by 0.5 you need to study this course for one term. If you need to improve by 1.0 IELTS score then take two terms. Please note that these are guidelines only and every student is different.

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