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."
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)."
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."
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."
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."