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.

Course fact file

Duration: 4 weeks

Start date: 24 August - 18 September 2015

Contact

 

For all information about this course please contact
Esther Reeves

e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk
++44 (0)121 415 8472

Details

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.

Course assessment

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

Fees and funding

Fees

The fee for this course is £1,160

Payment options

There are several ways you can pay us.

Online payment

You can pay using our online shop. We recommend this method, since you do not have to pay any bank fees and the payment happens immediately.

Bank transfer

If you pay using a bank transfer, please make sure that you have added enough money to cover all bank charges. If we have to pay any bank charges, we will ask you to pay us these charges back when you arrive.

Please use the following details to make your transfer:

  • Name: The University of Birmingham
  • Account number: 00030191
  • Our reference: 18670.LPAA.SNC 2587 -  you must include this so that the University's Finance Office know what course you are paying for
  • Branch sort code: 30-19-14
  • Branch name and address: Lloyds TSB Bank, 142 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2TY, UK
  • IBAN code: GB36 LOYD 3019 1400 0301 91
  • BIC code: LOYDGB21086

Cheque

If you pay by cheque, please make sure that you have added enough money to cover all bank charges. If we have to pay any bank charges, we will ask you to pay us these charges back when you arrive.

Cheques must be in pounds sterling (£). You should make your cheque payable to "The University of Birmingham".

Entry requirements

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

International students:

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.

How to apply

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:

You can send us these forms and documents:

  • By e-mail: e-mail scanned copies of the forms and your documents to e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk.
  • By fax: fax the forms and your documents to The Administrator ++ 44 (0)121 414 3600
  • By post: send us your forms and copies of your documents to:
    English for International Students Unit (EISU)
    Priorsfield, The University of Birmingham
    BIRMINGHAM
    B15 2TT, UK

Contact

 

For all information about this course please contact
Esther Reeves

e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk
++44 (0)121 415 8472

Learning and teaching

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.' 

Contact

 

For all information about this course please contact
Esther Reeves

e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk
++44 (0)121 415 8472

Employability

EISU 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.

Contact

 

For all information about this course please contact
Esther Reeves

e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk
++44 (0)121 415 8472