United Kingdom, Durham

English Language for Academic Purposes

when 4 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
duration 4 weeks
fee GBP 2800

This four-week course will give you the opportunity to learn high-level academic English as part of Durham University’s International Summer School. On this course we will teach you some of the key academic skills students need to be successful at a British university.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in small groups (maximum group size of 16). Your teacher will take a communicative approach and you will often work collaboratively through pair work and group discussions. An important part of the course is the individual feedback you will receive. In one to one tutorials your teacher will advise you on how you can improve your spoken and written work.

What will I do on the course?

The best way to learn English is through practicing it. On this course we will ask you to produce a portfolio of work. This will include:

A timed piece of writing produced under exam conditions
An academic essay you write and research in your own time
A formal presentation
Participating in an assessed seminar
Completing a research project and giving a poster presentation

Does the course have a social and after class activities programme?

Yes, you can join summer school students from across the world in social activities and excursions to local attractions that could include: Edinburgh, York, and the Lake District.

Academic entry requirements

You must be currently studying or have recently completed an undergraduate/bachelor’s programme.

English language requirements

IELTs 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 92 or above. Equivalent qualifications such as Pearson PTE and Cambridge advanced and Proficiency test (CAE & CPE) are also accepted.

Course leader

Mr Chris Macallister

Target group

Students who in the future might want to undertake postgraduate study at a British University: a Masters or PhD programme.

Students who are studying in English at their home universities; either taking modules in English or studying for their degree in English

Students who want to study English at higher more challenging level. The skills you will learn on this course are many of the language skills international businesses and governments need.

Course aim

What will I study on this course?

You will practice academic writing and develop your ability to present argument and analysis.
You will have the opportunity to give presentations on academic topics including your own undergraduate studies.
You will learn to contribute to and lead academic discussions.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about British life and culture through lectures, classroom discussions, and local excursions.

Credits info

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, you get a certificate that confirms that you have attended and successfully completed the course. You also get a written report giving you feedback on your work and suggestions for how you can continue to improve.

Fee info

GBP 2800: Course fee includes accommodation in a University College and meals are provided.

A diverse social programme is also included with trips to London, Edinburgh and the historical highlights of the surrounding area of Durham.


Please contact the International Summer School Office about current scholarships opportunities.