We offer a range of pre-sessional academic English courses for international students. 

Our Pre-sessional programmes focus on developing your academic skills and English. The skills that you learn on these programmes will help you to establish a good foundation for your degree programme, as well as settle you into the University of York so that you are ready to get the most out of your degree programme from the moment you start it.

These courses are for any international students who either need to meet language criteria for their degree, or who have already met their language requirements and would like to better prepare themselves for their degree programme. Our courses are available both online and in-person. Our pre-sessional programmes will open for applications in Autumn 2022 and begin in Summer 2023.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yriSzf8Jy_I&t=1s&ab_channel=UniofYorkVlogs

Former University of York International Pathway College (IPC) student, Angelina talks about her pre-sessional English course experience. 

You can also access this video through our Weibo page.

Need to meet language entry criteria?

International students who need to meet language requirements can come on one of our 20, 15 or 10-week programmes, which are streamed depending on your future degree programme into: 

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Postgraduate Language Teaching
  • Postgraduate Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Science, Engineering and Maths

Have an unconditional offer?

International students who have met their language requirements and would like to better prepare themselves for academic study, as well as settle into the University before their degree programme starts, can come on our 5-week Pre-Sessional for unconditional offer holders.

How to apply

Applications for our Pre-sessionals can be made through your You@York portal once you have an offer for a degree programme.

Contact us

International Pathway College

ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500

Online pre-sessional courses

Meet your English language requirements from the comfort of your own home. You can study any of our pre-sessionals online as long as you have a laptop or computer with a good internet connection.

Online pre-sessionals

On-campus pre-sessional courses

For Autumn 2023, you can complete our pre-sessional courses on our beautiful green campus, here in York.

On campus pre-sessionals

Applicants that have not applied to study at York

Our pre-sessional courses are also open to applicants who have applied to degree courses at other UK universities or have not yet applied for a degree course.

If you have applied to another university, you will need to check with them to see if they will accept our pre-sessional course as a way of meeting their English language entry requirements.

Applying for a pre-sessional: studying at a different university

Contact us

International Pathway College

ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500