Introduction to Academic English (B2 → B2+) Early July

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Are you about to start a study programme that is wholly or partially in English? Would you like to prepare by learning how English is used in higher education and what you need to do to succeed when you write your own papers and give presentations? If so, come and join our introductory Academic English course, which will cover the basics and get you ready to start your programme with confidence! Our course is interactive, so you can expect to discuss a wide range of topics with your language trainer and receive regular feedback on your language skills.

During the course, you will:

  • learn about academic register and style;
  • develop your vocabulary;
  • upgrade your essay-writing skills to make them university-proof;
  • look at how to make your academic writing and presentations stand out;
  • learn strategies for coping with reading academic texts in English;
  • boost your spoken English for presentations and group discussions.

This course is suitable for new Bachelor-level students, who have already reached at least B2 level. Most high schools expect and train students to be at B2 when they graduate. 

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. 

In the unfortunate event we cannot offer the course on location, a virtual classroom setting will be available for language courses. Check the course description for more information. 

Course director

Aim of the course

By the end of the course, you will be more confident and prepared to use English in your study programme. You will have learned the basics of academic writing and presenting, and feel ready to dazzle your new professors and teachers! 

Study load

Total study load: 50 hours

  • Contact hours: 27 
  • Hours of self study at the institute: 12 
  • Homework: 11


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

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 May 2021