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UCL Pre-sessional English students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and go on to study a variety of different graduate and undergraduate degrees at UCL.

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Interviews


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Lorena Espinosa Olguín

Nationality: Chilean
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 15-week Pre-sessional (2020)
Progressed to: Human Rights Law LLM at UCL

"I was taught about the process of looking for and selecting good quality and relevant academic sources, which is, in my view, an essential skill for succeeding in your tasks. I managed to select good sources for my final essay, without the excessive amount of time I used to previously spend in that task."

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Chiaki Kawachimaru

Nationality: Japanese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 8-week Pre-sessional (2020)
Progressed to: International Banking and Finance LLM at UCL

"Until I attended the Pre-sessional course, I was expecting its main focus to be about improving English skills, but it was not true. Not only does it improve English skills, but the course also teaches you how to academically read, write, listen and speak (give a presentation)."

Xudong Yang, former Pre-sessional English course student

Xudong Yang

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 12-week Pre-sessional (2017)
Progressed to: Computational Archaeology MSc at UCL

"The most helpful part of the course was the writing development. Teachers say it’s the most important – so we spent most of the time on that. I improved my academic writing a lot, particularly vocabulary and knowing how to use it in my essays."

Marieta Valdivia Lefort, former Pre-sessional English Student

Marieta Valdivia Lefort

Nationality: Chilean
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 12-week Pre-sessional (2017)
Progressed to: Public Policy MSc

"I benefited from learning how to read and write properly. It was useful to practise this a lot and learn how to do it in a very efficient way. I can look at things with a critical approach rather than just read it passively."

Essam Tawfik, former Pre-sessional English student

Essam Tawfik

Nationality: Saudi
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 19-week Pre-sessional (2015)
Progressed to: PhD in Pharmaceutics at UCL

"The assessment here is much better than IELTS. For example in the Pre-sessional, I had to give a presentation that was related to my future research interests – it was really helpful for me to explain very technical things to an audience that wasn’t familiar with the subject."

Qiu Yuhua, former Pre-sessional English course student

Qiu Yuhua

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 19-week Pre-sessional (2017)
Progressed to: History MA at UCL

"The Pre-sessional was the happiest time while I was in the UK! I was communicating with classmates every day, so it was very easy to establish friendships."

Lizhou Feng, former Pre-sessional English course student

Lizhou Feng

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: 12-week Pre-sessional (2017)
Progressed to: Information Security MSc at UCL

"The Pre-sessional improved my confidence with speaking – it made me not afraid to speak out. Sometimes I make mistakes but I don’t mind, it’s how you improve."