Cardiff University provides an excellent opportunity for pre-university students holding offers from or applying to Cardiff University to take short courses in English for Academic Purposes.
Our pre-sessional programmes are full-time, intensive English language programme specifically designed for international students with an offer to study at Cardiff University.
We offer two summer Pre-sessional programmes for both undergraduates and postgraduates in preparation for courses starting in September, and a dedicated Pre-sessional programme for postgraduate research students in the autumn in preparation for doctoral study starting in January.
Please note that successful completion of a Pre-sessional summer course may not replace your condition of entry. Some offers will require you to take a recognised English language examination, such as IELTS (Academic), at the end of the course. For more information, please check your offer letter or contact your academic department.
The minimum English Language entry requirement for our Pre-sessional courses is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with at least 4.0 in all skill areas).
If your current English level is below these levels you may wish to consider studying the English for University Study Programme.
Course dates and fees
The length of your course depends on your level of English and academic requirements:
30 June to 5 September 2014
8 weeks (Programme A)
7 July to 29 August 2014
8 weeks (Programme B)
14 July to 5 September 2014
The tuition fees for the Pre-sessional English course do not include accommodation or personal spending costs. Your tuition fees must be paid in full on your first day of class. We regret that Pre-sessional course fees cannot be paid in instalments.
Payment can be made by:
- Cheque payable to Cardiff University. This is the preferred, safest method of payment.
- Credit Card. Please note that a credit card transaction fee may apply.
- Cash. You may pay in Pounds Sterling when you arrive. Do not send cash through the post.
Please note: we cannot accept cash in foreign currency.
The tuition fees for the Pre-Sessional English Course do not include accommodation or personal spending costs.
You can find more information about accommodation on the accommodation page. You can also use our 'living costs calculator' to find out the international average living expenses as calculated from the expenditure of international students at Cardiff University.
Terms and conditions
As the course is short and intensive it is essential that students arrive in time for the beginning of the course. Please note that the cut-off date for all Summer Pre-sessional courses is 9am on the first Wednesday of the course. The cut-off date for the Postgraduate Research Pre-sessional is 9am on Monday 7 October 2013.
If you arrive after this time will not be permitted to join to join the course.
We hope that you will not want to leave your course once you have started. If, after arrival, you wish to reduce the length of your course for any reason, you should discuss the situation with the English Language Programmes staff as soon as possible. We require a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice in writing. If you have paid in full, the remainder of your course fees, minus fees equivalent to the 4 weeks’ notice period, will be refunded. If you have not yet paid in full we will charge 4 weeks paid notice.
The course syllabus includes English language skills, study skills and the academic information and training you need to successfully complete your chosen degree programme. The course consists of a programme of full-time study, usually between 9.00am and 4.00pm. This will include a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 23 contact hours per week plus assignments.
Improving your English
This part of the course will focus on the ways we use the English language in everyday situations – in class, with friends or out and about in the city. We will concentrate on grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and communication. You will also have plenty of opportunities to practise your pronunciation.
Academic study skills are invaluable and we believe that all university students would benefit from this course. In these classes, you will learn and practise the core skills needed to complete your chosen degree programme. They include skills such as note-taking, summarising, text structure, referencing, data analysis, understanding lectures, making presentations and participating in seminars and tutorials.
Our Academic Orientation lessons introduce you to the Cardiff University campus and academic facilities. They provide a basic introduction in the use of computer operating systems and how to use the University’s resource centres. They will provide information about learning strategies, British culture and the traditions of British universities.
Guidance and support
Students studying on the Pre-sessional English Course will receive educational counselling and support throughout their course. We will gladly help you to make arrangements for you to visit your new School and are happy to offer our advice and assistance during your transition. Our services do not end there: we offer open access support classes in English language and academic study skills as well as one-to one tutorial sessions to all full-time international students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Cardiff University. Our international Student Advisors offer comprehensive guidance and advice to our Pre-sessional students who will need to extend their visa after completing the Presessional course.
There is an IELTS test centre at Cardiff University. If you wish to take an IELTS test, we can help you to arrange this. The examination fee is not included in the course fee.
Settling in and making new friends are important first steps when you study overseas. University Residences provides you with the ideal opportunity to meet people from different countries with a wide range of interests and cultural experiences. We recommend that all international students, especially those new to Cardiff and the UK, take advantage of the benefits of living in a University residence.
Our Pre-sessional students tell us that living with other students in University Residences is the best way to get to know Cardiff and your classmates.
Cardiff University offers an excellent standard of student accommodation:
- All single students who enrol on a Pre-sessional English Course through the normal admissions cycle are guaranteed University accommodation for the duration of their course.
- Each student has an individual study bedroom with 70% of rooms having private bathrooms (called "en-suite"). Students share kitchens and recreational facilities.
- University Residences are within walking distance to your classes, the Students' Union, shops and parks.
- All Halls of Residence have 24-hour security.
- The average cost of university accommodation is £80 per week.
Arranging your accommodation
Your accommodation address and any other relevant details will be sent to you as soon as they are confirmed and at least one week before the course begins.
University accommodation in a hall of residence is available from 2pm on the day before your course starts to 10am the day after it finishes. In some cases, accommodation may be available earlier or later. Please contact us closer to your start date if you need to make early arrival/late departure arrangements (all special arrangements are subject to availability).
The English Language Programmes office can offer some minimal assistance to students who would like to find their own accommodation, but please note that these types of accommodation arrangements are not guaranteed or sponsored by Cardiff University.
There are a number of accommodation agencies that can arrange single or shared rooms and flats for students. We can provide you with a list of agencies that make these arrangements. Please note that most contracts are for a minimum of 6 months, and agents will charge a "finding fee" (equivalent to one week’s rent or more) to help you locate a room/flat to rent. We regret that Cardiff University cannot take responsibility for room/flat accommodation or any contractual or financial arrangements.
You can expect to pay about £75–£100 on rent per week in private accommodation.
In addition to the cost of accommodation, we recommend that students allow £90 per week on average for food and other essentials, entertainment, travel within Cardiff and small items of personal spending.
Successful completion of the Pre-sessional English Course can provide you with the level of English and study skills necessary to meet the requirements of, and participate fully in, your academic subject at Cardiff University.
Please note that successful completion of a Pre-sessional English course may not replace your condition of entry. Some offers will require you to take a recognised English language examination, such as IELTS (Academic), at the end of the course. For more information, please check your offer letter or contact your academic School.
Cardiff University is in the top tier of Britain's research universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. World-leading research is conducted across every one of our academic Schools. To support our International postgraduate research students, we have introduced a new pre-sessional course specifically for students who need to improve their English language skills before joining the research environment at Cardiff.
The English Language Programmes section provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research (PGR) students holding offers from Cardiff University to take a short course in English for Academic Purposes prior to starting their research degree. This course is a highly intensive three-month course starting in September and designed specifically for students who are planning to start their research degree study in January.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Research Pre-sessional Programme can provide you with the level of English and study skills necessary to meet the requirements of, and participate fully in, your academic subject at Cardiff University. To progress to your chosen degree, you may need to take the IELTS exam at the end of your course to meet the condition of your offer; please check with your academic school.