Centre for International English

The Centre for International English offers academic and English language programmes for international students. These courses provide support and guidance to improve your academic and language skills within a UK university environment, with additional support and a dedicated welfare officer available for any student under the age of 18.

Staff at the Centre are qualified and professional teachers of the English language. They have lots of experience in working with international students, so they understand and are supportive of students’ needs and ambitions. Courses run by the Centre are accredited by the British Council and the Centre is proud to be an active member of Learn English in Wales and BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes), demonstrating its commitment to providing high quality English language programmes to students from all over the world.

Centre staff work closely with the University’s academic Faculties to make sure you get the best preparation and support for your academic studies.

English Language Programmes

*The Centre for International English offers a range of British Council accredited programmes across our campuses.

There are multiple intakes each year for our Foundation and Pre-sessional English Language Programmes and each intake will lead to either our February or September academic intake.*

Foundation Programmes

Our Foundation programmes are designed to develop your academic, subject-specific and language skills so that you are prepared for undergraduate study at the University of South Wales.

The most appropriate choice of Foundation course will depend on a number of factors, including your English language ability and prospective degree subject, so you will need to contact us for advice.

We currently offer the following Foundation courses:

International Foundation Programme
International Foundation Programme

Pre-sessional English Language Programmes

The Centre also offers a range of English language programmes for students holding a conditional offer for a degree programme at the University, but whose level of English language proficiency does not meet the requirement of their desired course. Our Pre-sessional programmes are designed to improve your English and academic skills and to help you communicate more effectively in an English-speaking environment.

We currently offer the following Pre-sessional programmes:

Pre-sessional English Language
Pre-sessional English Language
Pre-sessional English Language
15 week Pre-sessional English language Programme
20 week Pre-sessional English Language
25 week Pre-sessional English Language
7 week Pre-sessional English Language Programme

Use the following tables to work out which Pre-sessional programme you would need to take.

In-sessional English Language Support Programmes

In-sessional classes are available to any overseas students who want to improve their academic English skills. The course is designed to practise the skills needed to write academic essays and reports.

It also covers approaches to academic reading, research and an introduction to presentation skills. The courses run in blocks of 8 -10 weeks in the autumn and spring terms and classes last for two hours each week.

There will be three classes each week, running at different times. Please check posters and the CIE website at the beginning of term.

Topics covered in these classes typically include:

  • Essay and report structure
  • Essay question analysis
  • Planning/brainstorming
  • Sentence and paragraph construction
  • Sources and referencing
  • Summarising and paraphrasing

The next intake starts the week of 10 October and ends the week of 2 December. In 2017, the programme starts the week of 6 February and ends the week of 27 March.

Other Services

University of South Wales English Language Tests

The University of South Wales now uses Password™ to test the level of English language proficiency of prospective students. However, this may not always be convenient for some students, so therefore we also offer the option of taking an alternative test through the Centre for International English. This test currently costs £80 and consists of a reading comprehension, an academic writing task and an extended discussion. Students holding conditional offers for a degree programme at University of South Wales can apply for the test by contacting international.english@southwales.ac.uk.

Tests are also available for prospective students outside the UK through our network of trusted representatives. Please contact your in-country representative or the officer responsible for students from your country for further details.

Please note that international students wishing to attend a pre-degree programme such as the Pre-sessional, or Foundation or HNC will need to take a Secure English Language Test in order to obtain a Tier 4 visa. Students should check the UKVI website for the list of approved SELTs.

Cambridge English Language Testing

The Centre for International English is an accredited centre for the University of Cambridge English Language Assessments.

More detailed information about the exams is available on the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment website.

Professional and Bespoke Programmes

Short Courses and Summer Schools

We offer a range of short courses and summer schools. These can be booked by individuals (subject to demand) or for closed groups, such as companies, schools or colleges. Please contact ciecourses@southwales.ac.uk for more information.

Language Training for Professionals

The Centre for International English provides a range of language and educational training courses for individuals, organisations and educational institutions. Our teaching team can come to your place of work, or arrange a bespoke training programme here at the University. We can also arrange guest lectures, tutorials and visits relevant to your subject area.

English for Aviation

The University of South Wales is based near Cardiff, South Wales – a region rich in aviation and aerospace manufacturing expertise and where British Airways widebody aircraft maintenance work is performed. Aviation English classes can be held at your own place of work or on the university campus, where delegates can also benefit from a visit to our Aerospace Centre, complete with a BAE Jetstream 31 aircraft and a Jet Provost T-MK3 military training jet. For more information on English for Aviation and all our programmes, please read our brochure.

Academic Professional Practice

As internationalisation becomes more significant in higher education, learning and teaching through the medium of English is at the forefront of many institutions’ agendas. We provide bespoke professional practice programmes for academics from all over the world. During these programmes, which range from four to twelve weeks in length, you and your colleagues will develop contemporary teaching techniques as you explore your academic disciplines and further your research interests. For more information on Academic Professional Practice and all our programmes, please read our brochure.

Meet the staff