English Language Education

Future students

English for General & Academic Purposes

Pre-arrival information and support

General & Academic English courses

English for General & Academic Purposes (September to June)

This programme is aimed mainly at those who wish to improve their English language before starting a degree course in the UK. It would also be useful for students with a general background who wish to improve their English in a university setting.

If you are applying for the year round programme and have the intention of possibly continuing onto the summer pre-sessional programme, please note that due to Academic Progression requirements you may need to return to your home country to submit your Tier 4 visa application.  Please contact visahelp@ed.ac.uk for further information.

Summer Pre-sessional EAP Programme (July to September)

For students who plan to study a postgraduate programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Online Pre-sessional Academic Language course

For Online Distance Learning students who plan to study at the University of Edinburgh.

Preparation for university entry

When studying English in preparation for university entry, it is essential to complete at least the minimum recommended preparation period, which depends on the IELTS score required by your College for acceptance onto your particular programme of study.

Foundation and Pathway Programmes

The University's foundation and pathway programmes provide opportunities for talented students whose high school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, or whose first language is not English, to access degree programmes within humanities, social science, science and engineering.