UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)




UCL Summer / Spring English Courses for International University Students

Course overview

UCL's English Language Summer / Spring School. Taught by UCL at UCL!

3-week spring course:
Monday 20 February - Friday 10 March 2017
3-week summer course
Monday 7th August - Friday 25th August 2017

The Summer / Spring English Courses for International University Students present a unique opportunity to experience student life at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Taught at UCL’s central London campus in the heart of London this course aims to improve students’ English language skills in the key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing through task-based activities which place an emphasis on improving communicative abilities.

The activities on the course include in-class tasks, an academic research project conducted both in class and outside the university, and a series of visits to places of significant cultural importance around London such as Tate Britain Art Gallery and the London Transport Museum.  All visits are supported by preparation classes.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend academic lectures, which will be followed by class discussions on the topics.

These courses are suitable for university students, who are non-native English speakers, wishing to further develop their English Language skills and explore the rich diversity of London through work in the classroom and guided educational visits.

They are particularly suitable for students who have a specific interest in culture and communications or who study English Language as part of their degree. It is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to experience student life at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK.

University staff wishing to place groups of students onto one of these courses are welcome to contact the course Administrator.

Study and activities typically offered:

Studying and activity classes (language) Themes
(visit preparation)
Guided visits
English language skills British culture UCL campus and Bloomsbury
Primary research British Media East End of London
Presentation skills Multicultural London Tate Britain Art Gallery
Report writing British art A London theatre
Visit preparation Theatre in London London Transport Museum

Application and entrance requirements

Summer / Spring course application

Applications are made online. The form asks for details about your study of English and current university course; there is also a short writing exercise to help us assess your level of English.

If you already have an IELTS, TOEFL or other English language qualification, please indicate this in your application.

Once your application has been considered we will let you (and your university if necessary) know about any offer of a place on the course.

If your application is successful, we will email you an offer of a place on the course, providing information about how to apply for accommodation and pay the course fees.

University staff wishing to place groups of students onto one of these courses are welcome to contact the course Administrator - ssec@ucl.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Students attending the course will normally have levels of English in the ranges shown below, but you don’t have to have a formal English language qualification to apply. When you start the course, you will be tested and placed in a class according to your level of English.

 IELTS 4.5 to 7.5
 TOEFL IBT 45 to 109
 TOEIC 400 to 800
 Cambridge PET to CAE
 The College English Test (CET) CET4 to CET6

Applicants without the above qualifications may still apply for the course and their English may be tested by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

This course is not for suitable for beginners. You will probably have studied English for several years at school, and may be studying English as part of your university degree.

Course structure

Classes are taught in small groups with an average of 14 students per class.

Students are provided with an overall average of 21 contact hours per week - including 13 hours and 50 minutes* UCL teaching contact hours per week combining language classes, classes on cultural themes, visit preparation and feedback sessions. There is also a weekly academic lecture. Afternoon visits make up the reminder of the contact hours.

On afternoons when there are no visits as part of the course, participants may wish to visit suggested places of cultural interest; or time can be spent on personal study, using the many facilities available on the UCL campus - please note this is entirely optional.


Students will be expected to be prepared for the discussion skills class on the day after each visit. In addition, students will need to work outside the classroom on a research project and prepare for their final presentation and report.

There will be many opportunities for you to practise and develop your English language skills, you will decide how much time you wish to spend on these extra activities each week.


Each course participant will receive a UCL Summer / Spring English Course for International University Students Certificate (providing there has been a minimum attendance of 80% on the course). A short report on students' progress on the course will also be provided.

Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 - 11:30
Welcome to the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education and course orientation English language skills class
English language skills class English language skills class English language skills class
11:30 – 11.45 Break Break
Break Break Break
11:45 -

Tour of the University and surrounding area Cultural theme class   English language skills class Visit preparation class
English language skills class
13:00 - 14:00 Welcome Lunch Lunch break
Lunch break Lunch break

Lunch break

Computer session: Setting up accounts

Academic Lecture

Doing research surveys Visit to Tate Britain Self-study or free time

 *This excludes breaks and is calculated using the UCL class 'hour' of 50 minutes.


Once we have confirmed you are suitable for the course we will send out a formal offer pack, including the details on how you can apply for accommodation.

3-week Summer courses

Accommodation in UCL or UoL student residences is available for Summer Course students, with fees of approximately £250 per week depending on the room type and facilities available.

3-week Spring courses

Central London private dormitory or hotel accommodation can normally be organised for students taking the Spring course, with fees of approximately £175 per week.

As this course falls during the UCL academic year UCL student accommodation is not normally available.

Tuition fees

3 week Spring Course  Monday 20 February - Friday 10 March 2017
3 week Summer Course Monday 7 August - Friday 25 August 2017 £1,550

Course fees include the costs of all course tuition including course materials and entry fees for trips which are part of the course. Students are responsible for travel costs for the visits - see additional costs below.

If your application is successful, we will email you an offer of a place on the course, providing information about how to apply for accommodation and pay the course fees.

Full refunds of course fees minus a £100 administration charge will be made in the event of formal visa refusals where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by the relevant Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other requests for refunds will be considered only in the event that the course is full and a replacement can be found to take the applicant's place on the course.

Additional costs

Additional personal costs will vary from student to student. The following are average estimates:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals: An average spend per day of £15 - £25. This is based on an average student canteen restaurant meal / lunch of sandwich, soup or salad (£6) and an average local economy restaurant bill (£10 - £15).
  • Local travel in London, approximately £32.10 per week* Be sure to buy your Oyster card as soon as you arrive in London.
  • International travel
  • Insurance
  • Other personal expenditure (clothes, weekend social events etc.)

More information can also be found on UCL International Student Support webpages.

*Travel can vary according to where your accommodation is located. This is the price for a weekly zone 1 Oyster pass.

Student views

" I’ve learned speaking and listening skills. So these will help with my learning at University.
" I learnt not only speaking skills but also research and writing skills. London has many historical treasures. This course is good for people who are doing academic study.
" I really enjoyed this course, and I feel that I enjoyed speaking English.
" Yes, my English skill has improved' 'I heard English everyday, all day.
" UCL is kind to students, and London is a great city.
" The equipment in UCL to improve English skills are good, I think. I really enjoyed my life in London. Thank you.
" There were many opportunities to visit many places and get experiences...these experiences will be useful when I think about Japan from other viewpoints.
" I could talk with a lot of people from foreign countries. I made friends with them.
" It was fun to talk with various people. I don't have such chances in Japan.
" Everything is enjoyable and interesting for me. I enjoyed learning.
" London has a lot of history.. Most [buildings] are made of brick.. They are very beautiful.
" London is a wonderful place for me. Sightseeing is very enjoyable, British people are kind and friendly. I spent precious time through this course.
" The overseas study programme of UCL is solid, and London has.. wonderful cultures.
" The Lion King [Musical] was the most impressive show I've ever seen.
" I learned various things not only academic English skills but also knowledge about history, linguistics and so on.