UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


How to apply

Find out how you can apply for the Pre-sessional English courses, including the documents you will need to submit and how to pay your course fees.

Application process

UCL Institute of Education degree offer holders

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) degree offer holders interested in Pre-sessional English courses should apply for the separate UCL Institute of Education Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education course, and not for the CLIE Pre-sessional courses.

All other UCL degree offer holders

Applications for the CLIE Pre-sessional English courses are made directly via our website.

You can apply for our Pre-sessional courses by following these steps. 

    1. Check the Pre-sessional entrance requirements to find the course that you are eligible for. If you have an IELTS result you can use our course eligibility calculator.
    2. Complete the online application form, uploading all pages of your UCL degree course offer for a course starting in September 2021, your English language qualification (see below for further guidance on the required English language qualifications), and the personal details page of your passport.
    3. Pay the application fee on the UCL Online Store.
    4. Wait to hear back from us via email. If you are offered a place on the course, our email will include information about how and when you need to pay the course fees.

    Incomplete applications

    Please note that the Pre-sessional English courses are very popular. If you submit an incomplete application and we have to write to you to request additional documents, it is possible that the course you wish to attend will be full before we are in a position to offer you a place.

    Required English language qualifications

    If you hold an unconditional offer for a UCL degree you can apply for the 11-, 9- or 7-week Pre-sessional English courses using the English language qualification you submitted with your degree course application.

    If you hold a conditional offer for a UCL degree you will need an IELTS academic, IELTS for UKVI academic or TOEFL IBT taken within two years of the Pre-sessional English course start date to be considered.  

    Minimum age requirements

    You will be 16 years of age or older at the start of the course.

    Deadline for applications

    Course Application deadlineStart date
    18-week1pm UK time on 24 March19 April
    11-week1pm UK time on 14 May7 June
    9-week1pm UK time on 28 May21 June
    7-week1pm UK time on 11 June5 July

    Please note that applications may close earlier than the above deadlines if all places on the course are filled.

    Paying your fees

    Your place on a course is only confirmed when you have paid your fees. Course fees will normally be due within a maximum of 2 weeks of our offer being made and can be paid by credit/debit card on the UCL Online Store, or by bank transfer. Full details of how to pay the fees will be emailed with our formal offer. 


    Full refunds of course fees will be made in the event of a formal visa refusal where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by a Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other requests for refunds will be considered if a replacement can be found to take your place on the course and provided the request is received before the relevant course application deadline (above).

    All refunds will be subject to a £200 administration charge.

    Requests for full or pro rata refunds for students withdrawing from a course of study after its commencement will not be considered.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Conditional UCL degree offer holders

    At the end of the Pre-sessional Course, your course results will be sent to Central Admissions at UCL. If you hold a conditional degree offer and have met your offer requirements, you will then have your degree course offer made unconditional and you will be issued with a CAS. You can then apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK. 

    Unconditional UCL degree offer holders

    If you have an unconditional degree offer you should contact UCL Admissions regarding when a CAS for your degree course visa application can be issued.

    Switching courses

    We will make only one Pre-sessional offer per applicant in 2021. If you are offered a place on a Pre-sessional course, whether you accept our offer or not, you will not be considered for other Pre-sessional courses in the same calendar year.