English Language Education

Pre-sessional English Language Summer 2023

An Academic English programme to improve English language level prior to starting a postgraduate programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Applications for summer 2023 are now open!


Summer 2023 Programme Options

Students at the University of Edinburgh

We're delighted you are interested in attending our Pre-sessional English Language Programme in summer 2023. 

We are offering the following two options for Pre-sessional English Language study in 2023. The programme you choose will depend on meeting the pre-requisites and entry requirements, which can be found on the programme information pages. Both programmes will be offered as in-person programmes in 2023.

Programme Courses Dates Fees
10-week Programme

Phase 1: English for General Academic Purposes - EGAP (4 weeks)


Phase 2: English for Specific Academic Purposes - ESAP (6 weeks)

Monday 19 June - Thursday 24 August 2023 £5617
6-week Programme Phase 2: English for Specific Academic Purposes - ESAP (6 weeks) Monday 17 July - Thursday 24 August 2023 £3370

10 Week Pre-sessional English Programme

The 10-week programme consists of 4-weeks of English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP) and 6-weeks English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP). **Please note that applications for the 10-week Pre-Sessional programme have now closed**

6 Week Pre-sessional English Programme

The ESAP course you select depends on your academic specialism.

CAS, Visa & Arrival Information

Please read this section carefully for key information related to CAS issuance and visas.


Please note, applications are now open!

Summer Accommodation

Summer accommodation in Edinburgh.

Online Information Sessions

Watch the recent Online Information Sessions and learn more about the summer 6 and 10 week Pre-Sessional at The University of Edinburgh.

ELE Terms and Conditions

University of Edinburgh ELE Terms and Conditions.


Frequently Asked Questions about the 2023 Pre-sessional.

BALEAP Accreditation

The British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) inspects and accredits Academic English courses against rigorous criteria covering five categories to give an assurance of quality to students, and to support staff across the profession in meeting and exceeding these agreed standards.

Accreditation occurs every four years. Comments from the 2019 report on our summer courses include:

"There is clear information and guidance for students on leaving the Presessional Course. Of particular note is the care taken to offer alternative pathways for the few students who fail to meet their target grades for progression into their intended academic course of study."

"The student experience is very well supported by central university services."

Visit BALEAP website [External Link]