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

You can take one of our courses if you need to meet an English language condition for entry to degree-level study at York. If you have already met the requirements for direct entry to York, you can take our 5-week course, which will help develop your academic skills and get you settled into life at the University before term starts.


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

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Need to meet language entry criteria?

The 20-week, 15-week and 10-week courses we offer are tailored to the specialism that you are aiming to progress into for your degree course. They are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and prepare you for your degree at York.

The main course specialisms are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences, Engineering and Maths.

We also offer subject-specific courses for postgraduate Management degrees and postgraduate Language Teaching.

Have an unconditional offer?

Our 5-week course is for any international students who are going onto a degree programme at the University. This course will enable you to develop some of the academic study skills you will need on your degree programme, help to increase your confidence in studying in the UK, and help you settle into student life at the University of York. Studying in another country can present a lot of challenges, we help familiarise you with the University and the city so you can focus more easily on your studies.

Contact us

International Pathway College

+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 summer 2022, you can complete our 10, or 5-week courses on our beautiful green campus, here in York.

On campus pre-sessionals

Applicants that have not applied to study at York

Our 10 and 5-week 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

+44 (0) 1904 321500