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.

Updated information due to Covid-19 
As a result of the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the University has made a decision to offer the 20-week, 15-week and 10-week pre-sessionals online. We have also removed the deadlines for all programmes in order to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. Relevant offer-holders will still need to apply before the relevant pre-sessional start date and will be able to do so through You@York.If you have already applied for an English language pre-sessional, our Admissions team will contact you directly with further details.

The 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
  • Science, 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?

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. Check the entry requirements listed on the web page of the course you are interested in to find the course IELTS requirement.

Details of each course will be published here when they become available.

When do I apply?

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via .


Because you will not require a visa to study the20-week, 15-week or 10-week online pre-sessional programmes, we will accept a range of English language tests to meet the entry requirements for the programme, eg a non-UKVI IELTS would be accepted.

The following tests are accepted for entry onto online English language pre-sessionals:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
PTE Academic
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
TOEFL iBT (internet based) (TOEFL MyBest score is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement)
Trinity ISE

We seek formal confirmation of all test results. If you are intending to take a TOEFL test please enter our Designated Institution code 3065 on your test form.

You must have completed the test within two years of the starting date of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test or multiple different tests.

Applying for accommodation

We aim to provide on-campus accommodation for all English language pre-sessional students. If we can't house you on campus we'll help you find private accommodation.

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, 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 can also get involved with our student unions - The University of York Students' Union and our Graduate Students' Association. They offer support and advice and organise a varied social programme for students.

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500