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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.

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.

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 length: 

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


  • English Language Preparation and English for Pre-Masters: June or September

English Language Preparation or English for Pre-Masters - One term

June 2022:

Term 1: 06/06/2022 to 19/08/2022

September 2022

Term 1: 19/09/2022 - 09/12/2022

June 2023

Term 1: 12/06/2023 - 01/09/2023

English Language Preparation

IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (5.0 in reading and writing, minimum of 4.5 in all other skills)

Age: 17+

English for Pre-Masters

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (5.0 in all other skills)

Age: 20+

Visit our entry requirements page for further details.

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Suki from China

You find that your essay skills are increasing and your mindset and your presentation skills and also your English skills. And finally you could get to Durham university. So the International Study Centre is really a good opportunity for the international students from all over the world to come to the UK and enrol in the education of the UK.

Suki from China
Studied International Foundation Year
Now studying BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Find out the entry requirements for your course.

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Our pathway programmes prepare you for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Durham University. Choose from the International Foundation Year, Pre-Masters and English Language Preparation programmes.