Pre-sessional English Language courses and COVID-19

Our Pre-sessional English Language courses are designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your chosen degree at Stirling. The courses are delivered in partnership with global education leader, INTO University of Stirling.

New online courses

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the University has withdrawn all on-campus courses for summer 2020 – but you can study your Pre-sessional English Language course entirely online. The online courses have been designed to provide the same high-quality level of teaching and student support as the on-campus courses. 

For online courses, you don't need to hold a CAS or a Student visa to study the course.

Course start dates

For those starting a postgraduate course in October 2020 we are offering a 12-week and an 8-week course over the summer. The 12-week course starts on 6 July 2020 and the 8-week course starts on 3 August 2020.

Students starting a postgraduate course in February 2021, or undergraduate course in January 2021, have the option to take a 10-week course starting on 12 October 2020.

See all the Pre-sessional English course start dates.

Booking deadlines

The deadline for a booking a place on the 12-week course is 29 June 2020 and for the 8-week course, it's 27 July 2020.

The booking deadline for the 10-week course is 5 October 2020.

English language entry requirements

The online courses are suitable for students with current IELTS levels between 5.0 and 6.5.

We know that many IELT test centres are closed or fully booked. The University accepts a wide variety of English language tests including IELTS (UKVI & NON-UKVI) and IELTS IndicatorPTETOEFL iBTTOEFL iBT (Home)TOEFL ITPPassword English Language TestingDuolingo English Test and China College English Test (CET) for online pre-sessional English courses.

Information for current offer holders

If you had already been offered a place on an on-campus pre-sessional English course, there is no need for you to apply again for our online course. Our Admissions team will get in touch with students accepted onto the 12-week on-campus course and offer the equivalent online course. Students accepted onto the 6-week on-campus course will be offered the 8-week online course.

If you had a place on an on-campus course

If you had already applied for accommodation for the Pre-sessional English on-campus course, we will automatically cancel your application for accommodation for the Pre-Sessional English programme.


If you had already applied for accommodation both an on-campus Pre-sessional English course and a postgraduate course you do not need to make a new application for your postgraduate course accommodation. We will hold your application for your postgraduate course and send out an offer in due course.