UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Pre-sessional English courses

The Pre-sessional courses are for international students who hold an offer to study a degree at UCL and need to meet their English language requirement. They provide you with a high level of support with academic and language skills and prepare you to study for a degree at UCL.

Why choose Pre-sessional English at UCL?

A global top 10 university: we’re 9th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2024.

Prepare and integrate: develop the English language and academic skills you’ll need to study a degree at UCL and be introduced to the UCL community before you start your degree.

Route to success: 97% of Pre-sessional English students progressed to a UCL degree programme after successfully passing the course in 2023.

Exceptional English language preparation: successfully completing this course satisfies UCL's English language requirement for graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Quality teaching: you will be taught by an approachable and dedicated tutor who will prepare you for your studies at UCL.

London’s Global University: you’ll be joining a welcoming, supportive environment of international students and staff.

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Entry requirements

Find out about the eligibility for our Pre-sessional courses. This includes which English qualifications we accept and the grades you need.

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Course information

Learn about the course structure, teaching, assessment, fees and course dates.

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How to apply

Find out about our admissions process. This includes documents you need to submit and accepting your offer.

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Meet our previous students

Hear from our previous Pre-sessional students and learn about their experiences of their course, UCL and London.

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Student support

We’ll give you all the support you need during the Pre-sessional. Learn more about the support available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions frequently asked by prospective Pre-sessional English students.