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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Intermediate Level Reading and Writing Course

Academic English Summer Course


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This course is a 6 week course for students who have an intermediate level of English (at least IELTS 5.0) and who need to improve their academic reading and writing skills before embarking on further studies.

Using a combination of intensive language study, frequent controlled practice and close monitoring by an English tutor, students will achieve a sound basis of reading and writing skills which will enable them to approach their future study programme with confidence. A feature of the course is regular one-to-one tutorials with the teacher in order to address a student’s individual problems and a focus on drafting, proofreading and redrafting writing to achieve grammatical accuracy. This course is suitable for pre-undergraduate and undergraduate level. There are classes for different levels of ability.

The course will run through blocks 2 and 3 from 28th July - 5th September 2014. There is also a shortened version of this course available in block 3 as a 3 week course 

Click on the structure tab for more details and to see what structure the lectures will follow

Student comments:

“This course gave me more confidence about writing and also gave me the opportunity to study more grammar and a variety of reading material”

“My English skills have improved visibly, especially my writing. This course helped me to understand English more.”

“The material given by the teacher was very useful. We had a lot of opportunity to practice the difficult grammar topics. The feedback received from her was very detailed and correct.”

“The most satisfactory aspects: …experienced teacher, good atmosphere, nice timetable.”

Email: summer@soas.ac.uk

English language requirements: Minimum entry level: Intermediate IELTS 5.0 /TOEFL IBT 68


During the course students will:
  • develop their written accuracy
  • increase their vocabulary in an academic context
  • improve their reading speed and skills
  • develop their summarising skills
  • learn how to deal with academic texts
  • produce an extended piece of academic writing

How to Apply



3-weeks (1 block) course £1,220 GBP,

6 weeks (2 blocks) course £2,370 GBP

9 weeks (3 blocks) course £3,450 GBP


per 3 week £700 GBP

We recommend you apply early, especially if you want accommodation in the SOAS Halls of Residence. 


Block 1 - No accommodation available

Block 2 - Very limited number of rooms available

Block 3 - Good availability

Blocks 1+2 together No rooms available

Blocks 1+2+3  together - No rooms available

Blocks 2+3 together - No rooms available


You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. A letter of registration will also be provided for visa purposes when you have paid the full fees. Refunds of accommodation and course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances.

If you have any queries, please email summer@soas.ac.uk


Please fill in the Summer 2015 online application form or print off the Summer: Application Form 2015 (pdf; 174kb) and post it to:

Head of Department International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS (University of London)
23/24 Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of the photo/issue page of your passport with the application

Pre-Course Information

A Student's Perspective

When I actually started my studies on the foundation course at SOAS, it confirmed in my mind that I had made a very good choice.

Sare Demir