SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Pre-sessional Courses (2022 entry)

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Information about Pre-sessional Courses 2022

We are pleased to say that we plan to run all of our pre-sessional courses on campus so that students can benefit fully from face-to-face classes with their student colleagues in a university environment, as well as having access to SOAS' central London campus facilities.

Key features

  • The courses are intended for students who are starting undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes in late September.
  • Most students taking these courses do so as a requirement of their degree course offers.
  • Some students who are not required to take these courses do so in order to even better prepare themselves for their future studies.
  • Although the majority of students will go on to study at SOAS, students destined for other colleges of the University of London and other universities are welcome to attend too, if there are spaces available.
Pre-sessional courses cater for the needs of students going on to degrees, in which essay-writing is an important component

So bear in mind that:

  • Writing researched and extended essays are important parts of the coursework. Students will be guided in how to read extensively outside the classroom environment using e-learning materials, Internet and Library resources. Students will then be expected to apply these skills in their own writing and to take an active part in tutorial feedback and forum discussions.
  • Students will receive regular 1:1 feedback on their work from their teachers.

Students whose first language is not English often take time to adjust to the requirements of academic study at a UK university, and taking part in a pre-sessional EAP course can help in this process of adjustment, developing students' confidence in their own use of English and in their study skills so that they can embark on their degree programmes fully prepared.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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The 8-week courses consist of 144 hours of guided tuition and the 4 week courses consist of 72 hours: this will be a combination of directed activities and exercises scheduled Monday to Friday, and classroom teaching and tutorials according to the week’s timetable. The 8 week courses consist of 144 hours of guided tuition and the 4 week courses consist of 72 hours: this will be a combination of directed activities and exercises scheduled Monday to Friday, and classroom teaching and tutorials according to the week’s timetable. 


The Pre-sessional courses are designed to support you reaching the exit level required by your academic department. Assessment is built into the course design and will include:

  • writing a Researched Extended Essay
  • an individual Presentation related to your subject area
  • a test of Academic Listening

In addition to these requirements, all students must achieve or maintain an English language level of B2 (Common European Framework). 

IMPORTANT: In order to successfully complete the Pre-sessional course, you will need to fulfil a minimum attendance and engagement requirement of 90%, submit all required course-work to given deadlines, as well as achieving the grade specific to your study level in assessment.

Time Table

The study schedule is intensive and so it is important that students commit themselves fully to their pre-sessional work. Classes take place every day between 10.00 - 15.00 from Monday to Friday and there are 18 - 20 hours of lessons per week. So students must be available during weekdays. Students are also expected to carry out homework and independent research and complete assessed work outside class time. 

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

What is English for academic purposes?

Although many people develop good language skills at school, university or in their work, university study makes particular demands on students' language and study skills. Students need to be able to:

  • listen to lectures and take notes efficiently
  • participate fully in tutorial discussions, including in group seminars
  • present seminar papers based on reading and/or research
  • read and gather information from a wide variety of written sources
  • write relevant, well-argued and accurately presented essays and examination answers in an appropriately academic style

Pre-sessional EAP courses aims

  • to develop students' English language and study skills to the level required for them to be successful in their studies
  • to provide students with an opportunity to interact and engage with students from around the world, and to help them develop effective collaborative strategies both inside and outside the class
  • to help students gain an understanding of the academic and cultural context of university study so that they will be able to participate in and benefit fully from their degree course

Fees and funding

Fees and course dates 2022

Eight-week Pre-sessional courses:

Tuition fee: £4,160 GBP (excl accommodation)

  • 8-week Pre-sessional Course: Monday 25 July - Friday 16 September 2022 ( application deadline is 27 June 2022)

Four-week Pre-sessional courses:

Tuition Fee: £2,600 GBP (excl accommodation)

  • 4-week Pre-sessional Course: Monday 22 August - Friday 16 September 2022 (application deadline is 25 July 2022)

Students will need to pay their fees online as soon as they have accepted the offer of a place on a Pre-sessional course to guarantee their place on the course.

All fees must be paid in full before the start date of the programme.

For instructions on how to pay and other fees related queries, see IFCELS Fees.

Read our Summer Programme and Presessionals Terms and Conditions


Students can book self-catering halls of residence accommodation at Paul Robeson House for prospective PG students and Dinwiddy House for prospective UG students. These halls are used by SOAS students throughout the year and are a 15-minute walk from the Russell Square campus. In order to get a discounted rate it is important to indicate on the pre-sessional application form that you want to use the halls of residence accommodation, and once you have submitted the form, you will be contacted directly to arrange accommodation.

Accommodation fees are as follows:

  • 4-week pre-sessional course - £1050
  • 8-week pre-sessional course - £2100

Each accommodation period assumes that students arrive the day before and leave the day after the course dates.

These rates are available provided that students submit their pre-sessional  course application by the deadline dates stated on the website. 

We cannot guarantee that accommodation will be available at these rates after the stated deadlines. 


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


When to apply

Before you apply for a pre-sessional course, you must fulfil the following requirements: 

  • You are holding an academic offer letter from SOAS.
  • Your English certificates have been submitted to Admissions and your English proficiency has been assessed.

You can apply for a pre-sessional course once your offer letter showing a pre-sessional requirement has been received.

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Course Dates

Eight-week Pre-sessional courses:

  • 8-week Pre-sessional Course: Monday 25 July - Friday 16 September 2022 ( application deadline is 27 June 2022)

Four-week Pre-sessional courses:

  • 4-week Pre-sessional Course: Monday 22 August - Friday 16 September 2022 (application deadline is 25 July 2022) 

Check language requirements before applying

To request a CAS for your Pre-Sessional programme please use this online form. For all questions relating to your CAS please email (include your full name and SOAS University student reference number in all correspondence).

Please watch our webinar about making a Student visa application outside of the UK. For more information about applying for your Student visa please read our online Student visa guides. If you need advice about your Student visa application please email 

Non-SOAS degree applicants: Please complete and submit the application form, together with details of your current English language level. If you have a conditional offer from another UK university, please check with them that they will accept this Pre-sessional course in preparation for your degree.