• For Entry: June | August
  • Duration: 14 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 14 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.

All our courses are taught by 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 14 weeks, from June to September and from August to December.

2020 Dates

5 June 2020 - 11 September 2020 for September 2020 start

4 September 2020 - 11 December 2020  for January 2021 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.

Accredited by the British Council

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 14 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 more than one skill at 4.5.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019/20
Overseas students (non-EU) £4,410

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)


 DegreeStart date
Apply now Pre-sessional 14 Weeks (for September 2020 courses) June 2020
Apply now Pre-sessional 14 Weeks (for January 2021 courses) September 2020