University Of Aberdeen Language Courses

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University Of Aberdeen Language Courses

Academic English courses (Full-time)

  • Academic English Preparation Programme October – August
  • Pre-sessional Academic English courses, June to August covering:

Academic English for the Arts and Social Sciences

Academic English for Law

Academic English for the Sciences

  • Pre-sessional Academic English courses, October to December:

Academic English for Postgraduate studies (covering the three courses above)

Part-time courses for student studying at the University

  • Insessional English Semester 1 and 2
  • English for Erasmus students Semester 1 and 2

Other part-time English courses

  • General English (part-time / evenings) September – June
  • IELTS preparation (part-time / evenings) September – June
  • IELTS preparation (intensive / afternoons) November to May

Academic English Preparation Programme

For international students who are planning to study at a British university, 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.

Find out about student accommodation

The length of the course that you will be required to take is determined by your present 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 from 2016 onwards.

EU students who have taken a different English language test should contact the Language Centre for advice. Contact details are in the table below.

Minimum IELTS entry requirements

Course length Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
40 weeks






30 weeks






20 weeks






Need to achieve IELTS overall 7.0 Same as above but overall score as follows:
40 weeks, 5.0
30 weeks, 5.5
20 weeks, 6.0
Other test If you are an EU student with a TOEFL or PTE test result, please email us a copy of your test result so that we can advise you on the most suitable




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