English for University Study

Prepare the skills and English language you need for a degree at a UK university.

English for University Study will prepare you for successful undergraduate or postgraduate study at a UK university, or for entry to one of the academic preparation courses offered by INTO Queen's University Belfast.

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?

This is a year-round course of intensive academic English language study with multiple start dates, designed to prepare you either for entry to a further academic preparation programme at INTO Queen's or for entry to your degree at Queen's University Belfast.

You will develop your English language and academic study skills, as well as research skills at higher levels, and with multiple start dates and different durations of study, the course has the flexibility to cater for students with different language levels.

The course will help you adjust to the demands, challenges and expectations of UK higher education. You will also be able to practise your developing language skills in a vibrant learning environment where you can take advantage of the University's additional learning facilities and mix with a wide variety of international students.

Enhanced English for University Study

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

Who should apply?

This course is perfect for students who have a score of between IELTS 4.0 and 5.5 on arrival and intend to progress on to an academic programme with INTO. It’s particularly well suited to motivated students who want to progress quickly and want to improve their IELTS score by up to one full point. Please note, 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 degree study, as well as giving you a greater command of written and spoken English.

You will study:

  • Language Development
  • Academic Speaking and Listening Skills
  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Reading and Study Skills
  • Project

Depending on your level of English, you will spend more hours each week on different modules.


Where will it take me?

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 Queen's University Belfast or another UK university without the need for an external IELTS exam
  • Assured progression to the International Foundation or International Diploma programme without the need for an external IELTS exam.

Enhanced English for University Study

What will I study?

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

How do I qualify?


English requirements:

A minimum of IELTS 3.0 (with 3.0 in writing) or equivalent score in a comparable test.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.


16 years and above

When can I start?

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

Start date Term dates Fees

March 2017

Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

£4,300 per term

June 2017

Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£4,300 per term

September 2017

Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

£4,450 per term

January 2018

Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

£4,450 per term

April 2018

Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£4,450 per term

June 2018

Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018

£4,450 per term

Enhanced English for University Study

Start date Term dates Fees

March 2017 start

Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

£4,300 per term

June 2017 start

Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£4,300 per term



Tuition fees include:

  • 20 hours per week of taught lessons
  • tutorial support
  • welfare guidance
  • further study counselling
  • university resources and learning environment
  • learning materials, access to the internet and online learning resources

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.

Accommodation options and prices

For a detailed description and photos of accommodation please see the INTO Queen's University Belfast accommodation section.

INTO Residence

Elms Student Village is located less than five minutes' walk from the INTO Centre and the University campus. Single en-suite study bedrooms with a shared kitchen and common room as well as access to laundry.

 You can purchase a bedding pack for £30.

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