This information relates to pre-sessional courses taking place in summer 2021. Information for summer 2022 courses will be available soon. 

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional courses offer the best possible preparation for your studies at the University of Bristol.

If you hold an undergraduate or postgraduate offer from us, these pre-sessional courses will provide the academic and language skills you need to succeed. You will take charge of your own development, gaining confidence and independence.

We offer 10-week and 6-week online courses, designed to suit students with a range of language abilities. If Covid-19 restrictions allow, we will also be offering an on-campus 6-week course.

All our pre-sessional courses will help you develop skills and strategies to:

  • meet the expectations of your chosen academic programme
  • communicate in a range of academic contexts
  • succeed in a UK higher education context
  • identify goals and monitor your learning.

Both online and on-campus courses offer an equally high-quality experience. Whichever option you choose, you will benefit from live taught sessions, interaction with peers, personalised feedback and opportunities to participate in University life.

Online and on-campus study

Information about online and on-campus course options, including the content, workload and teaching staff.

Read about online and on-campus study.

How to apply

Details of how to apply and what will happen afterwards.

Read about the application process.

Entry requirements

Our courses are suitable for international students with a range of language abilities.

Find out which length pre-sessional would most benefit you.

Course fees

Information on fees, deposits, living costs and other expenses.

Read about our course fees.

Apply now

Find out how to apply for our pre-sesional courses.


Visit the Student Visa Services page for pre-sessional visa and CAS information.


For information on accommodation fees, tenancy dates and applications, please visit the pre-sessional accommodation page.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Non offer holders

If you hope to study at undergraduate level, but do not currently have an offer, you may be eligible for our International Foundation Programme.

The pre-sessional course is extremely useful. I have learned how to write more academically and express my points clearly. I can also have an effective discussion with my group members and teachers in the live session. At the beginning of the course, I didn’t have enough confidence to talk with others, but now I can do it!

Online pre-sessional student, 2020
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