SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Advanced Reading and Writing

Academic English Summer Course

  • Overview
  • Structure
  • How to Apply


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This course runs for three weeks and is suitable for students who already have at least an upper intermediate level of English (around IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) and who wish to improve their academic reading and writing skills.

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


English language requirements: Minimum entry level: Upper Intermediate IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL IBT 95


Students on this course will develop their reading and critical thinking skills. They will also focus on the extended writing process, where they are encouraged to plan, draft and redraft their work.

The work done in the areas of reading and writing skills is closely inter-related. Individual tutorial sessions are included in the writing classes to address particular problem areas.



How to Apply



(31st March 2020): Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we are unable to run the Summer Programme in 2020 and it is, unfortunately, cancelled. The information below is for reference only and we expect to provide details of the programme for 2021 from October onwards.


2020 Course Fees
  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,500 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,900 GBP (save £100*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £4,000 GBP (save £500*)

*compared to the cost of a 3-week block

Accommodation Fees
  • per 3-week block: £790 GBP

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

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



Please fill in the online application form or print off the IFCELS Summer Programme 2020 Application Form (pdf; 147kb)   and post it to:

Head of Department, International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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

Summer Pathway Preparation Course PCI 2020 (pdf; 163kb)