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Summer Pre-Sessional Course in English for Academic Purposes 2016

The courses are designed to prepare international students and academic visitors for study at the University of Oxford. However, students going on to another institution of higher education where English is the medium of instruction may also be accepted if places are available.

About the course

Students coming to study at the University of Oxford or elsewhere will be much better equipped to meet the demands of their academic life and do well in their studies if they attend a pre-sessional course. They will also be able to integrate into the social life of a university more easily.

During the courses, students will develop their skills in:

  • Understanding lectures
  • Reading academic texts effectively
  • Taking notes from lectures and written texts
  • Writing academic essays
  • Participating in seminars and discussions
  • Giving presentations
  • Interacting in social situations

The courses will also include general study skills and cultural orientation.

Dates and fees 2016

Course A: Monday 25 July - Friday 16 September (8 weeks) £2,650
Course B: Monday 25 July - Friday 19 August (4 weeks) £1,385
Course C: Monday 22 August - Friday 16 September (4 weeks) £1,385

Please note that for these courses a deposit of £200 is payable at the time of application. The balance is to be paid before the start of the course and the deposit is non-refundable.

The organisation of the course

  • 20 hours of tuition each week at the Language Centre
  • Small groups of around 12 people per class
  • Students have access to all of the facilities of the Language Centre, including the library, audio- and video-rooms and multi-media computers
  • Includes a programme of visits to places of interest

Admission requirements

  • Students with a conditional or unconditional offer from Oxford University are given priority
  • Prospective students should note that the minimum English language requirement for postgraduate students at Oxford University is IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL ibT 100. Some courses require higher scores. For complete details, click here
  • Students who have IELTS 6.5/TOEFL ibT 88 are recommended to attend the eight-week course (Course A). Students without a score need to show their level of competence in English in order to be accepted on the course


Students who are coming to study at Oxford University may be housed by their own colleges, which they should contact as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

Students who are not intending to study at Oxford will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. The Language Centre can provide some information about accommodation in Oxford


Please download the registration form and submit it using one of the following methods:

  • By e-mail to:
  • By fax: +44 1865 283 366
  • Or by post to:
    The Assistant Director (EPS 2016)
    University of Oxford
    Language Centre
    12 Woodstock Rd
    Oxford OX2 6HT
    Great Britain

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