University of Southampton

English language support

The University offers a range of options for English language support. You can study English alongside your degree, or take a pre-sessional course to improve your language skills before your degree programme begins.

English language requirements

The Centre for Language Study

Reources include computer-based English packages

The Centre for Language Study

If English is not your first language, you will need to show that you can speak, write and understand English well enough to benefit from your university studies.

You will need to provide evidence that you have:

  • reached a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English, or
  • a first degree from a university based in the UK that has been taught and assessed in English, or
  • been taught and assessed in English and come from a country which is on the list of those exempt from testing

English language requirements vary for different degree courses. Check the details of the courses you are interested in for specific requirements. If you are still unsure, you can visit the country pages for more information or contact the International Office.

See a list of the qualifications and tests recognised by the University and a list of exempt countries.

For information about academic entry requirements, please see the details for your chosen course or visit the page for your country for general entry requirement information.

Studying English before starting your degree

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you start your degree, you can apply for one of our pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses for undergraduate or postgraduate students. These take place during the summer, before the start of the academic year.

As well as general English language programmes, there are specific courses for students interested in our art and design degrees, business and management degrees and Master of Laws (LLM) postgraduate degrees.

English for Academic Study

Another option is the English for Academic Study course which runs over three semesters. The minimum level of English you need to start this programme is IELTS 4.5.

Term time English courses

Learn English during your degree

The Language Resources Centre has a range of English language resources

Learn English during your degree

We also run an English for Academic Purposes support programme during term time, so you can improve your English while you study for your degree. The courses are free to international students, and cover topics such as

  • presentation skills
  • everyday English
  • academic writing skills

Find out more about the term time English for Academic Purposes programme.

Other English language resources

Other English language resources and services include:

  • an online self-study toolkit available on Blackboard, one of the University’s virtual learning environments
  • one-to-one support from a language tutor

English language support for visiting students

If you are visiting the University on an Erasmus exchange or other visiting programme, you can take English language degree unit courses. You can study these either as main or alternative subjects in your academic programme.