Summer English Study Programme

International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Summer English Study Programme at Salford


Improve your skills in academic English


All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council


Includes a social activities programme with trips and a social secretary to help you make the most of your free time

Course Summary

This course is aimed at international students who intend to progress onto university courses at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level, but who do not have the required level of English.

You should have achieved a general level of education which is adequate for entry into higher education.

This is a full-time English language course designed to improve your academic English skills in academic reading and writing, academic listening and speaking, and project work.

You will gain experience of studying at a university in the UK, and this course will also help you to settle into a different culture and a different language before you start an academic course at the University of Salford or at any other university in the UK.  

If you successfully complete the Summer English Study Programme at a required level, the University of Salford will accept this as evidence of your English language ability.

Course Details

You will have 23 academic hours of English classes each week. You will also be expected to do homework and open learning in the Language Resource Centre.

When you arrive you will be given a test and placed in a group of students with a similar language level.  There are normally three different levels: pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate.  At all levels you will have classes in academic reading and writing, academic listening and speaking, and project work.

Course Structure

The guidelines below show how long a ‘typical’ student may need to study, based on our English language teaching evidence. You may need to study for longer than the guidelines suggest. These guidelines are based on a student attending every class, participating actively in all tasks and studying independently outside the classroom as recommended by the teacher.

To progress from Recommended hours of tuition for a typical student Cumulative Total
IELTS 4.0-4.5 140 hours 340 hours
IELTS 4.5-5.0 140 hours 480 hours
IELTS 5.0-5.5 200 hours 680 hours
IELTS 5.5-6.0 200 hours 880 hours
IELTS 6.0-6.5 240 hours 1,120 hours

These are only guidelines and should be used as a minimum for the target level of English. This will depend on the individual. All students are different and progress at different rates. It also depends on your current level of English.

You will have assessed homework and class tests for each block. 

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

4.0 minimum, with no component score below 4.0.

Pearson and some other tests are accepted as evidence of English level.


All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council.

You will be taught in small classes with a maximum class size of 18 students.


You will be assessed through weekly homework exercises, practice IELTS tests in class, along with an end of course test. The end of course test results will be used as your final grades for the programme.


Alumni Profile

Elisa Sferruzza

Elisa is from Volterra in Italy and has successfully passed the Summer English Study Programme (SESP) and progressed onto undergraduate studies in Translation and Interpreting. Her ambition is to become a translator either in the UK or Italy.

“I chose Salford because of the high standards of education and because it is renowned for teaching Translation and Interpreting. On the SESP I improved my English, studying in a nice environment. The course was useful for Academic English and I particularly liked projects and presentations. I think that what I have learnt will help me get a better job. I feel a bit more confident - I’m a little more independent and can look after myself. The best thing about studying at Salford is the new friends you make from different cultures.”

Links with Industry

We have accreditation from the British Council for all our EFL courses under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme.

We are also members of EnglishUK (recently formed from ARELS and BASELT), BALEAP and IATEFL.

Further Study

 All University of Salford courses.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeBlock 1: £1560
Block 2: £1560
Block 3: £1560
May-September: 18 weeks £4580