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English for Academic Study (EAS)

The English for Academic Study Programme is aimed at international students who are planning to come to the U.K. for undergraduate or postgraduate study and who need to develop their English language and academic study skills before starting a degree programme.

International students
International students

The course is designed to increase your confidence and fluency in language use in formal and informal academic contexts and will prepare you for the many different forms of interaction with other speakers of English, which will be a feature of your life both within and outside the learning environment.

The course will also concentrate on the learning and teaching methodology in use in Britain (e.g. seminars, essay writing, listening to lectures, note taking, use of the University library, research skills, critical thinking, time-management and many more).

Entry Requirements

Students should apply for at least two semesters on the English for Academic Study Programme. Ideally, students applying should be hoping to continue on to further study at the University, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Entry requirements may differ with each Faculty so it is important students check with their admitting Faculty what these are before they apply for the English for Academic Study Programme. Also, it is important students have the relevant academic background to study their chosen degree programme.

The EAS programme is not suitable for students preparing to join the University of Southampton's International Foundation Year (IFY) or Masters with Preliminary Study (Pre- masters) programmes.

The EAS programme cannot provide applicants with the English Language qualification required to join Medicine at Southampton. Applicants for programmes delivered by Southampton Medicine are advised to check the English language requirements here.

Course Structure

The course is divided into three parts and it is expected that students apply for ALL parts or Parts 2 and 3.  This is a full time course that cannot be studied in parallel with another course at the University of Southampton. The programme focuses on reading and writing, listening and speaking, general language development, independent learning and IELTS Practice.

Each part provides a full-time programme of study based in the International Centre at the University’s Avenue Campus and Highfield Campus.

PART A (Semester 1) (12 weeks)
Start date 27 September 2018
Minimum IELTS 4.5 Overall, with a minimum score of 4.5 or higher in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

Part A is designed for students with a minimum level of IELTS 4.5 in each of the skills. You will be introduced to academic English and will develop your awareness of and confidence in the English language, as well as build your knowledge of general English language.

PART B (Semester 2) (12 weeks)
Start date 28 January 2019
Minimum IELTS 5.0 Overall, with a minimum score of 5.0 or higher in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

Part B is designed for students with a minimum level of IELTS 5.0 in each of the skills. You will focus primarily on English for academic purposes. You will develop your listening, reading and writing skills in academic English, as well as develop your research skills and speaking skills needed in seminar discussions and presentations.

PART C (Semester 3) (10 weeks)
Start date 1 July 2019 - End date 6 September 2019

Part C is designed for students on the EAS course who have not achieved the level required* to progress on to their degree programme at the end of Semester 2. It is also available to EAS students who meet their English language requirement at the end of Semester 2 but wish to continue their studies during the summer. This course will extend and consolidate the learning from the previous semesters.

In Week 9 and 10 students will prepare for their summative assessment.

*Entry requirements may differ with each Faculty – students should check with their admitting Faculty what these are.


Course PartFees
Parts A, B and C (Semesters 1, 2 and 3; September 2018 start) GBP £13650
Parts B and C (Semesters 2 and 3; January 2019 start) GBP £8750

To apply for this course

To apply for the English for Academic Study course, please complete the online application form.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

+44 23 8059 3344


English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
University of Southampton
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...I want to thank you very much for all your support to me and my colleagues in the (EAS course) during the last four months, also I would like to thank you for your last guest lecture about the British Identity, it was amazing, interesting and really useful.

The induction programme was very helpful. Your help and support during the programme is greatly appreciated

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