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Preparatory programmes

Many students coming to City from overseas require a preparatory programme before admission to the University.

If your level of English does not meet the requirements

City University London's Pre-sessional courses are suitable for both Bachelors and Masters courses and are available as 4, 8 and 12 week programmes. They run from late June to early September - depending on language level and the requirements of your University programme.

How to apply for Pre-sessional English Programmes

City University London's Pre-sessional English language courses are at our INTO City University London campus close to Liverpool Street station and will ensure that your English language is of the required level to cope with the demands of studying at City University London.

About the programme

Pre-sessional courses are suitable for both bachelors and masters courses and are available as 4, 8 and 12 week programmes, and run from late June to early September - depending on language level and the requirements of your University programme. The language requirements vary for each City University London course and can be found on individual course pages. At the end of the course you do not need to take another Secure English Language Test (SELT) but you will be formally assessed and will need to obtain the specified score in order to meet the entry requirements and progress to your City University London degree programme.

If you already have a SELT that meets the entry requirements of the course, you are still welcome to attend one of our Pre-Sessional courses to improve your English further and to help with your preparation for studying at City.

Entry requirements

To secure a place on the Pre-sessional English course you must have a valid UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) result, and a conditional offer of a place at the University. The Pre-sessional course you need to attend is dependent upon the SELT score you have already obtained and the degree programme for which you have a conditional offer to study.

Once you have booked a place on the appropriate pre-sessional course you will be deemed to have met the English language condition of your offer and can begin the process of applying for your visa

How to apply

For more information on the courses, including entry requirements, fees and how to apply, please visit the INTO City University London website.

If your High school qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for your undergraduate course

The International Foundation programmes provide academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and ensure you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree programme. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City University London International Foundation Certificate, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to City University London.

How to apply for International Foundation Programmes

The courses below are City University London’s formally approved International Foundation programmes and only ones which offer guaranteed entry to a specific degree at City (provided that you achieve the grades required). The programmes provide academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and ensure you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree programme.

INTO City University London

Together with INTO University Partnerships, the University has established a purpose-built study centre near to Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London's financial district. As a student enrolling at INTO City, you are effectively a City University London student and have full access to our facilities. Combining academic study with English language support, the courses at INTO City are validated by the University, which provides assurance of the quality and standards of education.

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City University London International Foundation Certificate, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to City University London.

Find  more information and how to apply on the pathways available:

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

The University works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level are able to progress to City University degree courses.

Other International Foundation programmes

Preparatory courses from other institutions, including David Game College, Bellerbys Colleges, CATS Colleges and Kings Colleges, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact international@city.ac.uk for more information.

If your higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for your Masters course

The Graduate Diploma offered by INTO City University London provides a route for those students whose higher education qualifications do not meet the entry requirements for their Masters programme Level.

How to apply for the International Graduate Diploma Programmes (Pre Masters)

INTO City University London

Together with INTO University Partnerships, the University has established a purpose-built study centre near to Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London's financial district. As a student enrolling at INTO City, you are effectively a City student and have full access to our facilities. Combining academic study with English language support, the courses at INTO City are validated by the University, which provides assurance of the quality and standards of education. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the City University London Graduation Diploma, and students reaching the required grades are guaranteed entry to over 40 masters degrees at City University London.

Find out more information the pathways available

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

The University works in partnership with KIC London to provide Graduate Diploma courses for international students. Located next to London’s famous Shard building, KIC London offers comprehensive support including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed provided that you achieve the grades required.

For more information on the courses, including entry requirements, fees and how to apply, please visit the KIC London website.