• For Entry: July | September
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • School: English for International Students

For international students who have not met the minimum English language requirements for a degree programme at the University of Dundee. This 11 week Pre-sessional course will raise your English language ability, enhance your academic skills for university study and help you adapt to university life in Scotland.

Dundee is a dynamic, exciting place to live, study and make new friends. The University of Dundee has been ranked number 1 in Scotland for six years running by the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey (2010 - 2015). We have also been ranked number 1 in the UK for English Language Support in the 2014 International Student Barometer.

All our courses are taught by highly qualified, experienced teachers and you will have every opportunity to develop your English language skills so that you can be confident that you are prepared for your degree programme.

This programme runs for 11 weeks, from July to September and from October to December.

2019 dates

28 June 2019 - 13 September 2019 for September 2019 start

27 September 2019 - 13 December 2019 for January 2020 start

All applicants undertaking a Pre-sessional English language programme at the University of Dundee have to undertake an IELTS test at a UKVI approved SELTS centre.

Applicants (aged 18 or over on the start date of their course) must apply using the IELTS for UKVI English test (IELTS Academic Test only). This IELTS Academic Certificate will provide you with the Unique UKVI Reference Number required for when you apply for your visa.

Aims of the programme

The programme is designed to:

  • improve your academic English proficiency in a university context
  • introduce you to British university life
  • allow you to meet the English language entry requirements for your degree programme

Programme content

Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students study together on this course.

The programme consists of the following components:

  • Academic Writing
  • Presentation and Seminar Skills
  • Listening and Note-taking
  • Academic Reading

As you progress through the course, there will be a focus on subject-related work in your chosen field of study. The course has 20 hours contact time each week, plus additional independent learning tasks to encourage you to apply what you have been taught in the class.

Methods of assessment

The programme is assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations, and oral presentations.

Class size

Class size will be a maximum of 15 students.

Sample timetable

Download a copy of a sample timetable.

After successfully completing this course you will be ready to progress onto the degree programme you applied for.

You will need to have a conditional offer for a degree programme at the University of Dundee, which requires you to attend the 11 week Pre-sessional course.

You will also need a UKVI IELTS score of no more than 1.0 below the overall score requested for your degree and no skill below 5.0.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019/20
Overseas students (non-EU) £3,465

Your tuition fee includes:

  • all course materials
  • free email and internet access 
  • access to university facilities and services (this does not include use of the University's sports centre)
  • all optional day-long excursions to local places of interest (excluding meals and occasional bus fares)

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs on the Pre-sessional course over and above tuition fees. Example of an additional cost: £20 refundable textbook deposit.


 DegreeStart date
Apply now Pre-sessional 11 weeks (for September 2019 courses) Start date July 2019
Apply now Pre-sessional 11 weeks (for January 2020 courses) Start date September 2019