English Language Preparation

Improve your English language skills

If you meet the academic requirements but need help with your English language to meet the entry requirements for one of the International Study Centre programmes, you can take an English language course first.

Online preparation

If you start your studies with us while campuses remain closed, you will study our Online Pre-Sessional English Language Preparation programme. This will help you raise your English language skills to the level you need to start your International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme. When face-to-face teaching resumes, we will be teaching English Language Preparation and English for Pre-Masters on campus. 

English Language support for undergraduate

Our English Language Preparation course helps to raise your English language skills to the level you need for the International Foundation Year.

English language support for postgraduate

Our English for Pre-Masters course helps to raise your English language skills to the level you need for the Pre-Masters programme. At the end of the English for Pre-Masters course, you will take an IELTS test to assess your level of English. You will progress to your chosen programme when you complete the course and achieve the required IELTS score.

Benefits of studying an English language preparation course

Studying an English language course for international students gives you an additional term to focus on your English and raise your IELTS level. Focusing on academic reading, writing, speaking and listening you should typically be able to increase your IELTS by 0.5 and be ready to start your academic programme with us.

Entry requirements

You need to meet certain academic and English language requirements for entry to our English language courses. Check entry requirements for programmes.  

Key facts

  • Course facts
  • Start dates
  • Admissions

Course length: 

  • English Language Preparation: One term
  • English for Pre-Masters: One term


  • June
  • September

June 2021 start:

English Language Preparation or English for Pre-Masters

07/06/2021 - 27/08/2021

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Abdullah is studying at Durham University International Study Centre

The most valuable thing I’ve learnt so far is how to truly respect people and how to earn respect, and knowledge, of course.

Abdullah from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science
Now studying BSc (Hons) International Relations 

Entry requirements

Find out the entry requirements for your course.


We offer a range of pathways to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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