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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Full details of how to apply can be found on our how to apply pages.

What is the minimum and maximum period of study?

The minimum period for the English Summer Programme is three weeks.

The minimum period of study for English for University Study / English for Personal and Professional Study is four weeks, and at least four weeks must be studied in each term (see dates and fees for the dates of each term - there are four per year).

There is no maximum period of study but students' progress will be monitored by the Course Co-ordinator should they wish to study for more than one year.

The English for University Study, English for Personal and Professional Study and English Study Programmes are not suitable for advanced students (C1-C2 on the CEFR). Applicants will be advised during the application process if they need to reduce the length of the course applied for.

What evidence do I need to submit with my application?

You must submit evidence that your level is equivalent to at least A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages in each of the 4 language skills.

If you require a Tier 4 visa you will need to have scores equivalent to B1 in each skill in a UKVI IELTS test (IELTS 4.0) taken at UKVI approved IELTS centres globally.

We also require a copy of your passport.

If you have previously studied in the UK you must submit a copy of your previous visa as this may impact upon any future UK visas.

Further details can be found on our how to apply pages.

How can I pay my fees?

You can pay your deposit (and balance of fees) online once we have received your application and made you an offer. Information on how to pay will be sent to you directly.

Sponsored students must provide evidence of sponsorship (certified letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee).

See our how to apply pages for further information.

What is the difference between the pathways?

The difference between the English for University Study and the English for Personal and Professional Study pathways is that students from both pathways will study the same core modules, with some different target module options available to each pathway.

Can I progress to a pre-sessional English course?

It is possible to progress to one of our pre-sessional courses provided you have received an offer from the University of Manchester and you have progressed to the point where you are likely to meet your English language entry requirements by the end of the pre-sessional course.

Please see our pre-sessional pages for further details of our pre-sessional courses.

Is it possible to do a part-time IELTS exam preparation course whilst I study?

The University Language Centre is a regional IELTS test centre.

Students taking the English for University Study/English for Personal and Professional Study will not be able to study on our part-time IELTS exam preparation course, but they are able to choose an IELTS preparation target module.

Can I take the IELTS test during my studies?

The University Language Centre is a regional IELTS test centre.

Students are also able to do IELTS preparation through our target module.

To view available test dates please see our IELTS pages.

What kind of accommodation is available for students on this course?

Details about available accommodation can be found on our accommodation pages.