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 courses, designed to suit students with a range of language abilities.

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 academic life.

Online and on-campus study

Information about our course options, including the dates, content and workload.

Read about online and on-campus study.

How to apply

Details of application deadlines and how to apply.

Read about the application process.

Entry requirements

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

Find out which pre-sessional would most benefit you.

Course fees

Information on fees, living costs and other expenses.

Read about our course fees.

How to apply

Visit our application page for information on applying to a pre-sessional course.

The environment of the course is excellent. I love my tutors because they always make the atmosphere nice and comfortable so we can speak English confidently. They provide useful knowledge and life experience. We also have to co-operate with our peers and make presentations, skills I think can help our careers in the future.

Tzu-Hao Liu (10-week on-campus student, 2023)

Ask a question



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


Visit the Accommodation Office page for information on accommodation fees, tenancy dates and applications.

Edit this page