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.

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 Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences or the International Foundation Year in Life Sciences. Students planning on studying our ComputingEngineering 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 Pre-sessional Preparation Programme options are available:

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

1 semester programme

  • June, prior to starting your academic programme in September

2 semester programme

  • June, prior to starting your academic programme in January (Not available for International Foundation Year in Computing, 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.

Key facts

Course length: 1 or 2 semesters

Entry points: June

Semester dates:

June 2022

1 semester programme:

23/06/2022 - 14/09/2022

2 semester programme:

23/06/2022 - 14/09/2022
29/09/2022 - 16/12/2022

June 2023
1 semester programme:
22/06/2023 - 13/09/2023

2 semester programme:
22/06/2023 - 13/09/2023
28/09/2023 - 15/12/2023

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.