English Language Preparation

English Language Preparation programme

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your programme at the International Study Centre, you can take one of our specialised English language courses, designed specifically to help students succeed at Surrey.

Our English language courses for international students are available in a variety of specialised routes and course lengths, depending on your degree aims and English language level.

Online Pre-Sessional English Language Programmes

This course starts in July 2020 and will help you raise your English language skills to the level you need to start the International Foundation Year or International Year One programme. Delivered at Study Group’s Virtual Study Centre, students will have the opportunity to learn alongside other international students. There are two options available depending on your chosen pathway:

  • 10 or 20 week B2 Online Pre-Sessional English Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent
  • 10 week B1+ Online Pre-Sessional English Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 4.5 in all subskills) or equivalent

English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year

You will need an IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) or equivalent to start the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences or the International Foundation Year in Life Sciences. Students planning on studying our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway will need an IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

If you do not meet these requirements, the following English Language Preparation Programme options are available:

For Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences and Life Sciences IFY Only Required English language level*
1 semester English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year) Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 4.5 in all subskills)**
2 semester English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year) Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.0 in all subskills)**
For Engineering and Physical Science IFY only Required English language level*
1 semester English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year)  Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.0 in all subskills)**

We offer two start dates, depending when you begin your International Foundation Year.

One semester programme

  • June^, prior to starting your academic programme in September
  • September, prior to starting your academic programme in February

Two semester programme

  • June^, prior to starting your academic programme in February (Not available for International Foundation Year in Engineering and Physical Sciences)

At the end of your English language course, you will start the International Foundation Year, providing you have achieved the required module grades.

* The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

** If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

^ Not available in June 2020

Key facts

Course length: 10 weeks or One semester

Entry points: July and September

Semester dates:

1 Semester programme:

28/06/2021 – 03/09/2021

2 Semester programme:

28/06/2021 – 03/09/2021

27/09/2021 – 13/12/2021

Duration: 1 and 2 semesters

Progression to: International Foundation Year

Age: you must be at least 17 years old on the first day of your academic programme at the International Study Centre

Entry Requirements: Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes

International Foundation Year

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This two-semester pathway programme leads to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.

Fees

Find out about tuition fees for all International Study Centre programmes, plus accommodation and additional costs. 

International Study Centre

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International Study Centre students have access to all of Surrey’s fantastic campus facilities as well as plenty of cafes, restaurants and social spaces.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.