Presessional English Programmes Dubai

Our Presessional English programme is designed to help you to develop your English language and academic skills in preparation for your studies at the University of Birmingham Dubai. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS.

The curriculum is produced by our own academic staff at the University and is delivered using our own learning management system.

They will include a mixture of

  • Interactive, class-based discussion and listening tasks set by your dedicated class tutor.
  • Guided reading and written tasks with feedback to develop your skills.
  • Full support throughout your course
  • Regular 1-1 tutorials to discuss your progress and answer any questions.
  • You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework and progress tests.

The Presessional English on-campus course will be a blended course which combines 3 days of face to face study in class with two days taught remotely using Zoom or Teams. The Presessional English online course will be delivered from the UK using our own virtual learning environment as well as by video conference using Zoom. Online classes will be taught from 9am to 1pm BST.

Teaching takes place in small classes with no more than 18 students to maximise class participation.

Both online and on campus students will be offered a variety of social activities alongside their academic studies.


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The table below is a summary of available courses.  The course you apply for will depend on the requirements detailed in your offer letter from Admissions.
Presessional Programme Dates Latest start date  Apply now  Deadline for application
 10 weeks online  19 June - 25 August   26 June  

English for Academic Purposes Presessional

19 May 2023
 6 weeks online  17 July - 25 August   24 July  

English for Academic Purposes Presessional

16 June 2023
6 week on campus   17 July - 25 August  24 July English for Academic Purposes Presessional 2 June 2023

If you have any queries about our Presessional programmes you can contact us via email: 

English Language qualifications

We will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • Pearson

For students studying online we also accept the following tests:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test 


10 week online £4,050

6 week online £2,430

6 week on campus AED11,882.70

Payment methods

Information for payments for the online course can be found here.

You can make a direct payment via our HSBC bank account for the campus based course and forward a copy of your transfer slip to Accounts Receivable team at 

Entry requirements

The length of presesssional course you are eligible to study on is dependent upon your current English language level, and the level you need to achieve to meet the conditions of your offer.

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