Academic English Skills intensive summer course

We offer a full-time, intensive 4-week course in September for students who have already met the English language requirements related to their academic course and hold an unconditional offer.

What you will study

The Academic English Skills Intensive Summer Course aims to develop:

  • Language accuracy and fluency for academic writing, reading, listening and speaking
  • The ability to write academic papers
  • Reading skills, particularly of academic articles
  • The ability to listen to lectures and discussions and take notes
  • Seminar skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Independence as a learner of English
  • Presentation skills
  • Study skills for a successful academic course of study

There is a different topic focus each week which provides a foundation for classes in the skills mentioned above.  These provide input for a weekend homework assignment written using standard academic conventions.  

You will have an average of 20 hours class per week (including tutorials). You will study in small groups of students (maximum 18) and be taught by experienced, academic English tutors.

Course assessment

The course is assessed through weekly assignments, seminar tasks and speaking and listening activities.

Fees and funding


The fee for this course is £1,340.

How to pay this fee is detailed on the Methods of Payment for the Presessional English Courses page.

Entry requirements

You must be an international student and have an unconditional offer to study a course at the University of Birmingham.

How to apply

The following deadline for Presessional applications apply in 2018: 20th July

Before applying please read the following:

Important information about presessional courses at the University of Birmingham

Applicants are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible because course places will soon be full.  To apply for this course, you will need to send us the following:

admissions forms examples

You can send us these forms and documents:

  • By e-mail: e-mail scanned copies of the forms and your documents to
  • By post: send us your forms and copies of your documents to: 
    Birmingham International Academy (BIA) 
    Priorsfield, The University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT, UK

You will have an average of 20 hours class per week (including tutorials). You will study in small groups of students (maximum 18) and be taught by experienced, academic English tutors.

Student views Fabian (Austria)

'The course served as an excellent preparation for university studies in the UK. It focused on relevant topics and enhanced essay writing skills providing an insight into ideal structures of an essay. It provided me with the necessary skills to tackle assignments on my degree course and improved my English skills in general. I enjoyed the interactive classes and the friendly atmosphere of the course and interacting with students from different parts of the world.' 

The BIA has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and offers a friendly, welcoming and supportive study environment. EISU staff have high academic qualifications and extensive teaching experience. The unit is also a member of 'English UK' and is accredited by the British Council.

Leisure programme

We offer:

  • Day trips  to places of cultural and historic places of interest.
  • A full and lively social programme for all summer presessionals (for example sports activities,trips to the cinema and museums).


During your presessional course you will be guaranteed accommodation within walking distance of the university campus. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your life in Birmingham in safe and welcoming surroundings.

Further information about our accommodation, including virtual tours of bedrooms and kitchens, can be found online.

If you have further questions please contact: