• For Entry: July | October
  • Duration: 6 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 6 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 6 weeks: from August to September and from November to December.

2020 Dates

31 July 2020 - 11 September 2020 for September 2020 start

30 October 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.

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 6 week Pre-sessional course.

You will also need a UKVI IELTS score of no more than 0.5 below the overall score requested for your degree and no more than 0.5  below in all skills. 

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019/20
Overseas students (non-EU) £1,890

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)

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

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

How to apply for this course

Sign up for our application service

First of all you will create a temporary user account using your personal details and email address. This temporary user account is only required to complete, save and return to and then submit your application.

Please ensure you use the correct email address when you create your account as this can't be changed until after you have submitted your application to us.

Search for the course you want to apply for

The course name should match the name at the top of this page.

Click or tap the Apply button

If there is more than one apply button, you should click the one next to the date you wish to start your course.

Complete your application

You will need to complete the following information as part of your application:

  • Your home address and contact information, including your personal email address and date of birth
  • Details of the your qualifications, grades and dates (this includes any qualifications you have not yet completed)
  • Details of your English language qualifications, such as IELTS (for non-English speakers)

You don’t need to include the following information with your application now, but you can include it if you have it. Otherwise we will ask you to provide the details later:

  • Upload a copy of your qualifications, English language qualifications
  • For international applicants only - details of your passport and upload a copy of your current passport

If you are working with an overseas agent, please remember to add in their details in the relevant section so that we can link them to your application from the start. In this way, the emails we send to you will also be copied to your agent’s registered branch email address for information.

Submit your application

You are also able to apply for more than one course at the University of Dundee at the same time. You can log in to the application service later and make a new application for an additional course.