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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 Master's degrees at UCL.

Find out what Pre-sessional alumni thought about the course, how it helped them prepare for postgraduate level study and what life is like as an international student in London.

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." Read more

 

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." Read more

 

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." Read more

 

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." Read more

 

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." Read more