Online teaching update

In Term 1 (October – December 2020) and Term 2 (January – March 2021) our pre-sessional courses will be taught online in response to the Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak. You'll be able to study your pre-sessional course from home, you won't be expected to study live online sessions at night and you won't need a visa. 

We’ll continue to review our courses, and will update our information for pre-sessionals taking place in Term 3 (March – June 2021) and summer 2021 in the near future.

I like the live sessions, because we can communicate with our teachers, and try to express our ideas in English.

Yiqing, studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online

Language Centre

We can help you improve your English language skills, whether you’re preparing for an academic degree or want to get better at English for every day situations.

Study a pre-sessional undergraduate or pre-sessional postgraduate course to prepare for an academic degree.

Improve your day-to-day communication skills in English and learn more about British culture with our English for Life course

Develop your confidence in using academic language or learn a new language while you are doing your degree. 

Our Language Zone gives you access to advice and resources to learn a language.

Start dates are throughout the year and you can study for up to 40 weeks.

Our teaching

The University of Leeds has been teaching academic English to international students for almost 50 years. The Language Centre is part of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and our teaching staff contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.

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Find us

Our postal address is Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9JT. Find us on our campus map. You can also email us at

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