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 a 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.
The course costs £2600 and runs from 22 September 2014 to 12 December 2014.
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).
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.
If you receive an unconditional offer for the Pre-sessional Programme, you will be eligible to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS), which you will need in order to apply for your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. Please see the below timeline for more information.
Note: It is very important that you arrive in Cardiff with the correct visa. Students studying at another institution in the UK must apply for a new Tier 4 visa for Cardiff University.
Students without valid Tier 4 visas for Cardiff University will not be able to enrol on the Pre-sessional Programme.
The process is as follows:
For more information about preparing to travel to Cardiff, including important information about medical insurance, please consult our Before you arrive pages.