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Intensive English for Academic Purposes Programme

This course is designed to prepare international students for their time at Abertay by providing intensive English tuition before commencing their studies.

Next Start Date: July

UCAS Code: Apply directly to the University

Duration: July 24 – August 25 2017


Why choose the Intensive English for Academic Purposes (IEAP) programme?

Studying abroad is a fantastic but challenging experience. The course is designed to help you get the most from your time at Abertay by preparing you for your degree, helping you to familiarise yourself with the university and the city of Dundee - and of course, you’ll meet other international students.

Although some students are required to attend as a condition of their offer from the university, the Intensive English for Academic Purposes programme is recommended for all international students because of the benefits it provides.‌‎ 

What you study

What will I study?

There are 20 hours of classes a week.  Each class has a maximum of 14 students. Classes focus on developing the four skills:

  • Writing: including understanding and planning different assignments, using sources, avoiding plagiarism, and improving your accuracy. 
  • Reading: strategies to help you to read academic books, journal articles and internet sources more effectively. 
  • Listening: strategies for both formal settings such as lectures, and informal discussions and conversations.
  • Speaking: including giving presentations and taking part in seminars.

Successful study in the UK also involves other skills: critical thinking, independent learning, academic literacy and research skills.

Additionally, we aim to develop your language skills so you can communicate with confidence in and out of class.

How is the course assessed?

You will research and write an essay on a topic based on your degree subject; deliver an academic presentation; and undertake a research project as part of a group.

Class work and assignments will help you to develop the skills you need to do this.

Entry routes

A minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required (with no single test score lower than 5.0).

Some degree courses may have specific language requirements- students intending to progress to these will need higher initial IELTS (or equivalent) scores.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition Fees

£1350 (including all course materials and trips). A deposit of £500 must be paid when you apply and the remaining cost when you register.

“Early Applicant Discount!   Bookings made before May 7th 2016 benefit from our Early Applicant Discount; this allows you to book onto the programme for just £1175, a saving of £175.”

Please note: payment is non-refundable except in the event of a visa refusal.

Abertay University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund any fees which have been paid.

The University does not accept responsibility for losses or expenses incurred, however caused.

Further info

More information

On our website you will find information for International students, a list of our undergraduate courses and further details on our English Language support.


Abertay University accommodation is in the heart of the city, a few minutes’ walk from the campus.

It can be booked for the duration of the course through the online store.

Social and cultural events

Dundee is an historic city on the banks of the river Tay. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is also a vibrant modern city with many cultural and sporting activities to get involved in, and a wide range of places to visit nearby.

Free trips are organised as part of your course and in the past have included places such as the picturesque town of St Andrews, ancient Scone Palace and a whisky distillery.

For further information about IEAP or how to apply:

T: +44 (0)1382 308425

Please note that applications for this course close on June 10th 2016.

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