English for University Studies

3 or 6 months

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You will learn English but perhaps not as you may have learnt it before.

Designed specifically for international students, the English for University Study (EUS) offers you an opportunity to explore what it is like to study at University.  This programme is applicable for those of you who have had little opportunity to learn a subject in English or are looking for a more gradual introduction into studying at University.

During the EUS programme you will develop not only your everyday English language confidence but also the skills required to join an academic course at University.  You will practice your newly acquired English skills alongside other likeminded international students in a friendly and supportive environment.

We offer both a 3 and 6 month programme, your choice will depend on your entry level and how long you would like to experience learning and living at a Northumbria Newcastle University.

Key facts

  • Experience what it’s like to be a student at Northumbria University
  • Learn alongside other international students who are progressing onto study at a Northumbria University
  • Develop key English and academic skills whilst living in one of the most student friendly cities in the UK
  • Study as a standalone course
  • A chance for you to find out what it means to study at a UK academic institution
  • Opportunity to explore the courses of study available at Northumbria and choose the right one for you
About this course

What will I study?

The programme has been designed especially for international students looking to develop their English language skills in the UK. You will learn about techniques to record and develop your vocabulary as well as your knowledge of key aspects of grammar. This will be learnt through a number of ways including communicative and task-based learning.

This will include the development of your reading and writing strategies alongside encouragement to effectively participate in seminars and presentations and in doing enhance your listening and speaking skills.

Through this approach you will become more confident in all forms of English language communication.

Teaching and assessment

You will experience the same assessments as those studying for an academic programme at Northumbria University, through in-class tests.  Providing you with an opportunity to receive feedback on work and how you are developing the skills necessary to succeed at University.

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Whilst this is a standalone course, we encourage you to take the opportunity to explore the courses of study available at Northumbria and choose the right one for you.

Target courses

Applicants should have the following:

English language requirements

Entry requirements are broad, the below is a guide as to the suitable IELTS level

  • From IELTS 4.5 with not single element below 4.0

All English language qualifications must be from an UKVI Approved centre.

Age requirements

You must be over 16 years old

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English for University Studies (0 credits)

The purpose of this module is for you to engage in language and skills learning which will empower you to develop techniques to become a better language learner.

A range of approaches are adopted to accelerate your learning in this module.  Your tutor will adapt their style of delivery to enhance individual and group participation and engagement.   During this module your module tutor will provide academic support including:

  • Delivering workshops
  • Providing guidance in relation to assignments
  • Development of key resources, made available through the VLE
  • Assessing assignments and assess or review any other agreed summative or formative outputs as appropriate
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Tuition fee 2020/21

  • Per term: £4,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University Pathway student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks and all materials will be provided within the course fee.

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

When you are ready, you can apply online to study the English for University Studies programme. Applying online allows you to upload all of your supporting documents and you will automatically receive your student application number.

Apply online

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Level of study:
English Language
International Fee:
£4,000 per term
IELTS requirements:
From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent  
3 or 6 months
Class hours per week:
20 hours
Average class size:
Assessment methods:
In-class tests
Scholarship or bursaries:
Not available
Payment plan:
Not available
January 2021, July 2021, October 2021
Next application deadline:
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“The lecturers are really friendly and explain things thoroughly. If I do not fully understand things, they will explain things clearly until they are confident that I know all the information I need to complete my assignments.”

Adebayo Abdulganiyu Mustapha
International Foundation Programme



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