UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)




UCL International Graduate Preparation Courses (GPC)

International Pre-Masters students in a lecture

The UCL International Graduate Preparation Courses (GPC) prepare international students from all over the world for high-level academic study.

They provide the necessary linguistic, academic and research skills needed to succeed at graduate level and enable students to fulfill the English language proficiency requirements for entry onto Master's degrees at UCL and some at other UK universities.

There are four UCL International Graduate Preparation Courses: 

Part-time English for Academic Purposes courses are also offered for current degree students.

Course Aims and Objectives

Students will:

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • read academic texts effectively
  • develop lecture comprehension
  • express and support ideas clearly and accurately in academic communication
  • give oral presentations and participating in seminars
  • undertake independent research.

Course features

Students benefit from:

  • Taught in classes, seminars and lectures by UCL teaching staff. English for Academic Purposes classes are taught in small groups with an average of 14 learners per class
  • Opportunities to attend lectures given by leading UCL academics
  • A minimum of 16.3 UCL teaching hours per week (excluding breaks and calculated using the UCL class 'hour' of 50 minutes)
  • Regular individual or small group tutorials with a personal tutor and support with submitting degree applications
  • Optional IELTS preparation classes
  • A social programme of events in London and full access to UCL facilities