A range of Academic English courses for students who wish to improve their English prior to starting a programme at the University of Edinburgh.


General English for Academic Purposes

We offer two summer General English for Academic Purposes courses to help students develop the required English language skills. Students are grouped by language level.

Specialist English for Academic Purposes

From mid-August, after the second General EAP course, students move to one of our 4-week Specialist EAP courses. Each of these can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

For students beginning a Distance Learning Masters programme

If you have an unconditional place on one of the University's Distant Learning Masters programmes, you may be eligible for a new Online Pre-Sessional Academic Language course (OPAL).

Essential information

End of course English testing

Students are assessed at the end of their pre-sessional courses.

Preparation for university entry

There is a recommended minimum English language study period when preparing for university entry.

University of Edinburgh English language requirements

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