All About English for University Studies Pre-sessional (EUS)


English for University Studies (EUS) is a full-time, 14 week pre-sessional programme.

It's perfect if you need to develop your academic skills and ability in academic English to the level required for university entry for foundation, undergraduate (Bachelors), and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) study.

You can join an EUS course on the Singleton Park Campus  in September and February. See Apply Now for details.


Course Information

Course Information

The English For University Studies Pre-sessional (EUS) will help you to improve the skills you need to progress successfully to your foundation, undergraduate, or postgraduate course. Exact course content depends on your entry level, but each EUS level will help you to develop the following important academic language and study skills:

  • Language Skills for Academic Studies
  • Academic Reading
  • Listening and Note-taking Skills for Academic Lectures
  • Academic Writing
  • Presentation and Academic Speaking Skills
  • Using Academic Sources and Referencing Skills
  • Critical Thinking

Each week includes 23 hours of organised tuition. Download a sample EUS Sample Timetable to find out more about a typical week. The maximum class size is 18.

During the course, you will build a portfolio of coursework which will be used as part of your final assessment. Each EUS student has a personal tutor who will meet you regularly to help you to develop individual targets and to achieve your academic goals.

EUS gives you the academic English and academic study skills you need to prepare for your future university studies.

Non-teaching dates 

The University will be closed for all UK public and statutory holidays and ELTS classes will not be taught on these days. For a full list of ELTS non-teaching dates, please visit the Dates and Fees section of the ELTS web site. 



You will be assessed using a combination of

  • a portfolio of the work you do during your course (70%)
  • an end of course exam (30%).

The portfolio provides detailed evidence of your language level and skills, your academic skills, and whether you are ready to begin academic study at a UK university.

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There are 2 entry points to the course: September and February

Academic Year 2018-2019 

TermDatesCourse Fee


September entry

24th September 2018 - 18th January 2019

(Christmas Break 14th Dec 2018 - 7th Jan 2019) 



February entry

11th  February 2019 - 31st May 2019

(Easter Break 18th April 2019 - 7th May 2019)


You will need a minimum of IELTS 4.0 overall (or equivalent). Minimum of 4.0 in all components. 

The minimum age for the EUS programme is 18 years. There is no maximum age. 

Course fees include books and course material.

There may be a small charge (approx. £10.00 per person) for the social events to cover the cost of food, refreshments, and bowling. The attendance at these social events is optional.

Please note that details on how to pay your fees can be found here and the Swansea University Refunds Policy can be found here.



The university offers different accommodation options for international students. 

Information about other accommodation options can be found on ELTS' accommodation page.


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To apply please download and complete the ELTS Application Form 2019 ‌and return it to:

Admissions Office
Swansea University
Singleton Park

Or email your application form to:

For admission queries, please phone: +44 (0)1792 295111

If you are an agent or are applying via an agent, please make sure that you complete the agent contact details at the top of this form.

For more information regarding this course or any others we run at ELTS, please contact us.