International Study Centre

English language courses

Develop your language skills at the University of Sussex ISC

Develop your language skills with English courses at the University of Sussex International Study Centre

What you’ll study

If you do not meet the English language requirements for an International Study Centre programme, you can improve your level of English by studying one of the following programmes.

Course facts

Semester dates

Course length:
OPSE: 10 weeks or 20 weeks

ELP: One semester or two semesters

May/June 2022
10 weeks: 25 May 2022 - 12 August 2022
20 weeks:  25 May 2022 - 18 November 2022

Entry points:
OPSE: May

ELP: September or June

September 2022
One Semester: 26 September 2022 – 09 December 2022
Fees:
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June 2023
One Semester: 12 June 2023 - 01 September 2023

English Language Preparation (ELP) and Online Pre-Sessional English (OPSE)

Each of these two courses are designed for students who want to go on to study the International Foundation Year or the International Year One. Entry requirements are listed below:

If you want to study...And your IELTS is...You will need to study...
International Foundation YearAcademic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with 4.0 in all skills)*1 semester of ELP
International Foundation YearAcademic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (with 3.5 in all skills)*2 semesters of ELP
International Foundation YearAcademic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with 4.5 in all skills)*10 weeks of OPSE
International Year OneAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0*1 semester of ELP
International Year OneAcademic IELTS for UKVI 4.5*20 weeks OPSE
International Year OneAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills)*10 weeks of OPSE

English for Pre-Masters (EPM) and Online Pre-Sessional English (OPSE)

This one or two-semester course is designed for students who want to study the Pre-Masters Programme. Entry requirements are listed below:

If you want to study...And your IELTS is...You will need to study...
Pre-Masters ProgrammeAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills)*1 semester of EPM
Pre-Masters ProgrammeAcademic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with 4.5 in all skills)*20 weeks of OPSE
Pre-Masters ProgrammeAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills)*10 weeks of OPSE

English for Pre-Masters students do not need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of their course to progress on to their Pre-Masters Programme. They will be assessed on their Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (they will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all areas).

Language Lift

This six-week course is designed for students who need to raise the level of their written English. Language Lift starts at the same time as your academic course, so you will study courses at the same time. Entry requirements are listed below:

International Foundation YearInternational Year OnePre-Masters**
Academic IELTS for UKVI score is 5.0 overall with 4.5 in writing*Academic IELTS for UKVI score is 5.5 overall with 5.0 in writing*Academic IELTS for UKVI score is 6.0 overall with 5.5 in writing*

* If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

** For students who want to study the one-semester Pre-Masters Programme. Language Lift is optional if you plan to join the two-semester Pre-Masters Programme.