English Language Education

Summer Pre-sessional EAP

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

Please note, we are not currently accepting applications for Summer Pre-sessional EAP. Applications will open in early 2018.


English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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

English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP)

From mid-August, after the second EAP course, students move to one of our 4-week ESAP 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).

Read more on the 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

Information about required scores for undergraduate students

Information about required scores for postgraduate students


BALEAP Accreditation

BALEAP accreditation

ELTC Summer Pre-sessional courses are accredited by The British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) which inspects and accredits Academic English courses.

BALEAP Accreditation





Asylum Seeker Tuition Fee Status and Scholarship

Information on Asylum Seeker tution fee status

For more information please contact us at ELTCinfo@ed.ac.uk