Our pre-sessional English language courses are for international students who need to meet an English language condition for entry to degree-level study at York. We also offer courses that are open to international applicants to other UK universities.

Our pre-sessional courses

We offer courses that are specific to the degree you want to study. 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.

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500

Which course should I take?

All our pre-sessional courses have three length options: 10 weeks, 15 weeks and 20 weeks. The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach the English language requirements for the degree you wish to study.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll let you know which pre-sessional course to apply to via You@York.

If you require a visa: If you're applying for a pre-sessional English course and require a Tier 4 visa you must first take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional programmes.

10 week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 4 July - 13 September 2019
  • Deadline to apply: 7 June 2019
  • Course fee: £3,920
15 week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 30 May to 13 September 2019
  • Deadline to apply: 3 May 2019
  • Course fee: £5,880
20 week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 18 April - 13 September 2019
  • Deadline to apply: 22 March 2019
  • Course fee: £7,840

Already have an unconditional offer?

You can take our 5-week pre-sessional course to practice your English, learn essential new study skills, meet other students, and get to know the University before you start your degree.

5 week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 8 August - 13 September
  • Deadline to apply: 12 July 2019
  • Course fee: £1,960


If you meet our eligibility criteria, we can guarantee you a room on or near to campus for the duration of your pre-sessional course over the summer. We'll allocate you a room and confirm the details by email about a month before you're due to start your course.

Find out more about accommodation for pre-sessional students.

Welcome and social programme

To help you get settled in we offer a series of welcome and orientation events including social activities within your department, so there are lots of opportunities to meet staff and your fellow students. We offer talks about university life and we'll help you through the enrolment process and various compliance checks to get you fully registered as a student here.

You might also be interested in getting involved with YUSU, our Students' Union. They offer support and advice and organise a varied social programme for students.

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500