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, payment and visa information.

Application process

UCL Institute of Education degree offer holders

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) degree offer holders interested in 12- and 8-week 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.

IOE degree offer holders, or those intending to apply for an IOE degree course, will be considered for the 18-week CLIE Pre-sessional English course.

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.
    2. Complete the online application form, uploading all pages of your UCL degree course offer if you have one, your IELTS (UKVI for conditional offer holders needing Tier 4 visas), and the details page of your passport.
    3. Pay the application fee
    4. Wait to hear back from us. If you are offered a place on the course, you will be emailed with information on how to formally accept the offer, pay the course fees and apply for UCL accommodation.

    Incomplete applications

    Please note that the Pre-sessional English courses are normally 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

    Students holding conditional offers for UCL degree courses must have an IELTS for UKVI taken within two years of the Pre-sessional English course start date.

    Students holding unconditional offers for UCL degree courses wishing to apply for the 12-, 8- or 6-week Pre-sessional English course can do so using any of the English language qualifications accepted by UCL.

    Applicants for the 18-week Pre-sessional English course will normally be expected to apply using an IELTS for UKVI but may be considered if they hold one of the other English language qualifications accepted by UCL.

    Minimum age requirements

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

    If you are under the age of 18 at the point of enrolment, you should familiarise yourselves with UCL's essential information for students under the age of 18 before making an application.

    Deadline for applications

    There is no formal deadline for applications. We consider eligible applications until the courses are full.  Places are limited and the Pre-sessional English courses are normally full by late April or early May, therefore, you should make your application as early as possible. Your place on a course is only confirmed when you have paid your fees, and you should expect to do this very shortly after being offered a place. 

    Paying your fees

    Course fees will normally be paid within 2 weeks of receiving an offer 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 sent with our formal offer.  Once you have paid your fees, you are then able to make an application for UCL accommodation.


    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 a replacement can be found to take the applicant's place on the course.

    Please note that pro rata refunds of tuition fees for students withdrawing from a course of study after the commencement of the course will not be considered.

    Important visa information

    A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that can be used for a visa application will normally be sent to you approximately 3 months before your course starts, or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Students successfully completing the Pre-sessional course can extend their Tier 4 visa in the UK at the end of the course, if they wish to do so. The normal process for UCL conditional offer holders is that, at the end of the course, the Pre-sessional English course results will be sent to Central Admissions at UCL. Students who have achieved the required level will then have their offers made 'unconditional' and they will be issued with new CASs so that they can extend their visas.

    Students with unconditional offers for degree courses at UCL can request joint CASs, which cover both the Pre-sessional English course and the degree course they will attend. Please note that Joint CASs should be requested in writing no less than 6 weeks before the course starts.

    Switching courses

    If you apply for and are offered a place on one of the Pre-sessional courses and you then retake IELTS, achieve a higher score and wish to do a shorter course, you will need to make a new application and pay an additional application fee to be considered.

    If you have already paid your course fees and wish to switch to a shorter Pre-sessional course, we will consider this only where there is someone to take your place on the original course, where a space is available in the course you wish to switch to and where there is sufficient time for the switch to be carried out. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to switch students between courses where fees have already been paid.