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.

The Advanced Reading and Writing course will be available in two versions.

The course in block 1 is aimed at final year secondary school students, those who have recently completed school and undergraduates.

The block 2 course is designed for final year undergraduates, recent graduates and postgraduates.

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


Course Fees
  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,400 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,700 GBP
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £3,900 GBP
Accommodation Fees
  • per 3-week block: £770 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 2018 Application Form (pdf; 166kb)   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 Programme Information 2018 (pdf; 196kb)