International students


International students

English as a Foreign Language


You can get support in English language skills in the following ways:


Pre-sessional English


Female Chinese studentWe offer a variety of courses, ranging from 4 to 12 weeks long, for students already accepted on a degree course with an English language condition in your offer letter. These help to improve English and academic skills, while giving you the chance to familiarise yourself with the University. The courses also offer organised trips to local tourist attractions and a day trip to another part of Scotland.


We also have a year-round EFL course available.


Find out more about our pre-sessional English courses or
PDF icon download our pre-sessional English brochure.


EFL modules (20 credits)


There are three credit-bearing EFL modules available in trimester one and trimester two. These modules, ranging from lower intermediate to advanced level, last for one trimester and count towards your degree.


EFL modules help you improve all your English skills and build confidence in interactive, international groups. You will develop your communication skills as well as a range of employability skills such as writing reports, giving presentations and seminars, negotiating and working in a team.


For further information, please email Sheila Shea at


In-session language support


We offer free English Language support to all our international students after they have entered their degree courses. The School of Marketing Tourism & Languages provides the following types of tuition throughout the academic year:


  • Writing Workshops
  • Discussion and Presentation Skills Workshops
  • Individual Help Sessions
  • Pronunciation Laboratories


In these workshops you will practise your English and get feedback that helps you to improve your knowledge and abilities for the greatest success in your studies.


Contact Dr Nick Pilcher (Marketing, Tourism & Languages) on +44 131 455 4731 or for more information.


Summer school courses


We run a range of summer schools for students attending partner institutions in Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. The schools are run between July and August in Edinburgh.


Find out more about our summer schools.


Other support


The British Council also offers English language support services. Find out more about taking IELTS from the British Council.