Watch a short video about the Imperial College London pre-sessional English programme

Watch some of our pre-sessional students talking about the course

Watch some of our pre-sessional students talking about the course

What our students say:

"Teachers here are really helpful and I learned a lot from their classes and feedback. One thing I must mention is the Imperial star lecture, I'm really grateful that I can meet some great professors in that class." (Pre-sessional student, 2017)

Read about an Imperial student's experience of studying in English

International student life at Imperial

International student life at Imperial

CfAE pre-sessional courses are for international students coming to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degrees in October

Through our extensive experience working at the College and our work with students and academics here, we know many of the challenges that new international students face. That is why our pre-sessional courses are intensive and are specifically designed around the needs of Imperial students like you.

We give you both language and study preparation and help you to:

  • communicate your STEM work clearly in writing and in speaking,
  • take part in group work confidently and effectively,
  • understand the College and its community, 
  • settle into life and study in London.

To develop the real academic and social language and skills that you need for study and that you can build on throughout your career, we strongly recommend joining a pre-sessional course rather than re-taking an English test.

If you are a postgraduate and you haven’t met the English condition of your offer, please take a look at our 12-week and 6-week courses. Students on the 12-week and 6-week courses who achieve an appropriate overall final grade in relation to the conditions of their offer do not need to re-take an English test.

If you have met the English condition of your offer and would like a shorter course to prepare further for your Imperial degree, please take a look at our 3-week course.

Our 2020 course dates are:

  • 12-week course: Monday 6 July - Friday 25 September 2020
  • 6-week course: Monday 17 August - Friday 25 September 2020
  • 3-week course: Monday 7 September - Friday 25 September 2020

If you have any questions, please visit our pre-sessional FAQs.

Imperial Business School applicants:

N.B. The Business School no longer offers its own pre-sessional courses, or recognises other pre-sessional courses, as a means of meeting the English language requirement. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Business School directly.