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English Language Teaching

Standard Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

How will this course benefit me?

Students will gain essential skills to help with their academic studies. This course addresses:

  • Academic writing, including extended assignments
  • Referencing/citing/avoiding plagiarism
  • Techniques for faster, more effective reading
  • Listening and note taking in lectures
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Communication and discussion techniques
  • Using the internet for study and research purposes
  • Cultural awareness
  • Adapting to a new academic environment

Who is this course for?

This course is for prospective students with an offer to study at the University of Ulster who:

  • Wish to improve their English language qualification grade to the equivalent of IELTS 6.0
  • Please note: Entry to this course requires a minimum IELTS 5.5, with no band less than 5.0 (or another qualification accepted by the University of Ulster)
  • Have met the criteria for their chosen degree, but whose Course Director request that they complete the pre-sessional course

For more information about acceptable English qualifications, please email:

How long will this course take?

Seven weeks (including Orientation): Monday - Friday x 21 hours per week. There are no classes during the evenings or at weekends.

How much will the tuition fees cost?

The cost of the programme is £950. This does not include accommodation or class trips.

How do I apply?

Students can apply by completing the application form. Application forms can be downloaded at:


Where will I stay and what will it cost?

We advise all students to stay in university accommodation at the Jordanstown campus. This will cost approximately £70 GBP per week and must be paid in full before attending the university. To book please register via


How will I get from the airport to the campus?

Students flying into our main airports; Belfast International Airport (BFS) and George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) will be met on arrival days and directed to a free bus which will take them to campus.

Students must send us a student arrival form to avail of this service and provide the details below:

  • Date of arrival
  • Flight number and estimated time of arrival

An arrival booking form can be downloaded at:

What else do I need to know?

Students arriving at Ulster will need some money for travelling and living expenses, £300 GBP is recommended.

For further information, please contact the International Department on +44 28 70123513 or email: