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The Academic English Preparation Programme is for international students who are planning to study at the University of Aberdeen, but whose English language skills are significantly lower than the minimum required for direct entry.
The Academic English Preparation Programme lasts up to a full academic year (40 weeks of study), with different entry points depending on the level of English that students have.
This programme consists of four levels, each lasting 10 weeks, offering students the opportunity to develop the language and skills necessary for academic study in the United Kingdom. Successful completion of level 4 is accepted by the University of Aberdeen as proof of having met the University’s language conditions.
The length of the course that you will be required to take is determined by your current level of English.
Students requiring a Tier 4 visa should note that only the IELTS Academic for UKVI test, taken at one of the UKVI approved centres, will be accepted with applications.
EU students who have taken a different English language test should contact the The Language Centre for advice.
Minimum IELTS Entry Requirements
If you are an EU student with a TOEFL or PTE test result, please email The Language Centre a copy of your test result so they can advise you on the most suitable course.
Dates and Fees for Academic Year 2019 - 2020
|Start Date||End Date||Fees in full||Fees per term|
|40 weeks||7 October 2019||23 August 2020||£11,880||£3,300 x 4|
|30 weeks||7 October 2019||5 June 2020||£9,240||£3,300 x 3|
|30 weeks||6 January 2020||23 August 2020||£9,240||£3,300 x 3|
|20 weeks||6 January 2020||5 June 2020||£6,380||£3,300 x 2|
|20 weeks||4 May 2020||4 September 2020||£6,380||£3,300 x 2|
The last registration date for the 20 week programme starting on 4 May is 4 May .
Last Date for Applications
Applications submitted along with all the required supporting documents will be accepted up to 4 weeks before the start date of your course. Due to time constraints at the 4 week mark, we are unable to process last minute applications from International students already studying in the UK.
The application deadline for the 20 week programme beginning on 4 May is 3 April.
Please note we advise you not to book flights at the moment as due to the coronavirus. The situation is rapidly changing.
Documents to be Submitted
Terms and Conditions
Tier 4 Visas
You will only be eligible for a Tier 4 visa if you have a B1 level of English in all four skills. This equates to 4.0 in them all (our minimum entry requirements are slightly higher). The UKVI will only accept the IELTS Academic for a UKVI test taken at an approved test centre for students wishing to take an English language course on a Tier 4 visa.
If you only have the standard IELTS certificate you can still apply for a short-term study visa to study English in the UK. In this instance, please note that you will not be able to study until 28 August 2020 and then start your degree on 7 September as this does not permit time to get a new visa. You would have to finish your course by 5 June and then return home to apply for a new visa for your degree studies.
I have had a Tier 4 visa before, does this affect my application?
If you have already studied English in the UK on a Tier 4 visa then we would like to see how our course relates to your previous course. You will need to show us the following documents to enable us to make a decision:
Please note that extra time is required to process an application of this nature so our application deadline is six weeks before the course start date in this instance.
I am currently studying in the UK and would like to transfer to your Academic English Preparation Programme. What do I do?
Please submit an application for your chosen course and include all the supporting documents including those relating to your current course in the UK. Please note that we will not permit you to study with us on a visa provided by another sponsor.
It is your responsibility to check visa requirements and apply for a visa. Any information we provide is for guidance only.
It is important to check all immigration requirements regularly and before travelling, as they can change. Students without the necessary visa will be refused entry to the UK. You should allow plenty of time to organise your visa and ensure you are aware of all your responsibilities under the terms and conditions of your visa. Please note that the advice given here relates primarily to the Tier 4, General Student category of the UK's Points Based Immigration Scheme. For further information, please visit the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.
Q: Can I do my degree and take the English language course at the same time?
A: No. You have to meet the entry requirements for your degree before you can start on it.
Q: I am an international student. Why will you not accept my TOEFL certificate?
A: In order to enter the UK to do an English language course on a Tier 4 visa, the UKVI will only accept the IELTS Academic for UKVI test result taken at an approved test centre as evidence of your language skills. We have to submit details from this test to the UKVI in order to obtain a CAS number for you.
Q: I intend to apply for a new passport but want to apply for a place on the course now in order to meet the application submission deadline. Will you issue me with a new CAS number once I have my new passport?
A: No. When you get your new passport, send us a copy of the photo page. We will advise the UKVI of the new passport number and will send you an amended version of your offer letter.
Q: Will I have to return home to renew my visa after my course?
A: If you are on a Tier 4 visa and you successfully complete the course in August then you will not have to return home to renew your visa for your degree programme. You will only have a short time before the start of your degree programme so Admissions and our International Officers will guide you through the transition. However, if you complete your course in June and you are on a Tier 4 visa or a Short-term Study visa, you will have to return home.
Q: Do I need to buy any textbooks?
A: No. These are all supplied by the Language Centre.