English Language Summer Course (for International University Students)

  • 63 hours (approx.)
  • 3 weeks
  • 05 August 2019


This is a three-week course for non-native-English-speaking international university students. It will help you improve your English language skills and learn more about British culture.

You'll develop your English-language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is done through task-based activities and a primary research project - these emphasise helping you to communicate better.

You'll also:

  • visit places of cultural interest in London, e.g. museums and art galleries such as Tate Britain and the London Transport Museum
  • experience life at a top UK university in the heart of London
  • be able to attend lectures by UCL academics

The course runs in both the spring and summer.

This course is run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Course content and structure

You'll spend mornings in the classroom studying English language and British culture, and preparing for visits.

You''ll spend afternoons doing activities. These include the following:

  • Two afternoons a week you'll visit a place of cultural interest, e.g. a museum or art gallery, accompanied by UCL students
  • One afternoon a week you'll attend an academic lecture
  • On other afternoons you'll take part in activities in the local area with UCL students

Classes are taught in groups of no more than 16 students.

Assessment and certificates

For the end-of-course assessment you'll need to:

  • write a report on a primary research project
  • take part in a group presentation

You'll also receive a progress report from your tutor, with grades for your assessments and an overall grade.

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you attend at least 80% of the course.

Some overseas universities award credits for this programme.

Who this course is for 

This course is for international students enrolled on a university degree programme (in your own country or in the UK) whose first language is not English.

It's particularly suitable if you either:

  • have a specific interest in culture and communications  
  • study English language as part of your degree

Entry requirements

You'll need to:

  • be enrolled on a university degree programme
  • have at least lower-intermediate-level English (this will be assessed when you apply)

Students attending the course usually have levels of English within the following ranges:

  • IELTS - 4.5 to 7.5
  • TOEFL iBT - 45 to 109
  • TOEIC - 400 to 800
  • Cambridge - PET to CAE
  • College English Test (CET) - CET4 to CET6

However, you don't need a recognised English language qualification in order to take the course.

Other benefits

You'll be able to use UCL facilities such as the libraries, self-acess study centre and computer rooms. You'll also have access to the UCL Museums and Collections.

You'll have the opportunity to network with other international and UCL students.

Free WiFi access will be available to you during your stay. 

UCL student accommodation can be booked (for a fee) during the summer course. Private dormitory or hotel accommodation can normally be organised for those taking the spring course. You'll receive more information about accommodation options and booking in your formal offer pack.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course, you'll have:

  • improved your English language skills
  • more confidence in communicating in English
  • better understanding of life in a UK university
  • better understanding of British life and culture
  • knowledge of a number of educational and cultural places in London


The fee for this three-week course is £1,675.

This covers:

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • entry fees for trips which are part of the course (you'll need to pay for travel separately)

Additional costs

You'll also need to cover the cost of:

  • accommodation
  • meals
  • travel
  • insurance
  • other personal expenditure

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Course team

Course Coordinator - Jackie Watson

All English language tutors are highly qualified and have many years' experience teaching English as a foreign language.

Academic lectures are given by UCL current or former academics.

Student review

Previous attendees have said:

"I learnt not only speaking skills but also research and writing skills. This course is good for people who are doing academic study."

"I’ve learned speaking and listening skills - these will help with my learning at university."

"The equipment in UCL to improve English skills are good. I really enjoyed my life in London. Thank you."

"There were many opportunities to visit many places and get experiences."

Course information last modified: 19 Feb 2019, 14:07