Academic English Skills (B2 → C1) early August

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level

Are you planning to follow (or already in) a Bachelor's or Master’s programme for which you need to have excellent English language skills? This course will help you to improve the language skills needed for your studies. We focus on academic writing, but will also prepare you to give presentations in English and to discuss your academic ideas in small groups. 

You will work on various aspects of academic writing, such as the structure of your paper, text cohesion and style issues, as well as improving your academic vocabulary. Your trainer will monitor your progress and give you regular feedback.

During the course, you will:

  • expand your academic vocabulary
  • increase academic speaking skills
  • acquire self-study skills
  • improve your pronunciation
  • increase your knowledge of grammar
  • improve your presentation skills
  • improve your academic writing skills

This course is suitable for Bachelor and Master students who have already reached at least level B2 (CEF). 

To check your level, you will need to take the Babel placement test. This test consists of two parts: multiple choice questions and writing tasks. A teacher will assess your language skills. On the basis of your test result, you will be advised on a suitable course. Please keep in mind that it can take up to 5 working days to assess your language level.

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Alison Brown

Aim of the course

At the end of this course you will have gained more knowledge of academic writing and presenting in English. You will have practised your own academic skills and received structured feedback to help you improve and excel in English.

Study load

Contact hours: 15

Hours of self study at the institute: 10 

Homework: 10

Total study load: 35 hours


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

More information


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
25 July 2022