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Online Pre-Sessional English

Online Pre-Sessional English

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 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 Life Sciences. Students planning on studying our Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences or Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences pathway will need an IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

If you do not meet these requirements, the following Pre-sessional Preparation Programme options are available:

For Life Sciences IFY onlyRequired English language level*
10 week Online Pre-sessional English (for International Foundation Year)Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all subskills)**
For Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences IFY and Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences IFYRequired English language level*
10 week Online Pre-sessional English (for International Foundation Year)Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.5 in all subskills)**

10 week programme

  • May, prior to starting your academic programme in September
  • September, prior to starting your academic programme in January

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.

Key facts

Course length: 1 semester

Entry points: September

Semester dates:

September 2022

10 week programme:

05/09/2022 - 18/11/2022

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

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International Foundation Year

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

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

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International Study Centre

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