English language courses

The University Centre for Academic English offers pre-sessional courses in English language throughout the summer, as well as courses during the academic semester.

These include a number of broader courses for students who wish to continue to improve their English. They are taught within the context of learning more about Manchester life and culture and improving business English.

We strongly encourage all non-native speakers of English to undertake an English language proficiency test on arrival and to take advantage of the non-credit-bearing in-sessional English Language courses provided by the Centre at no charge.

All Erasmus+ students are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English language and we ask that, in selecting students, our Erasmus+ partners ensure that this is the case. For most subject areas, students are expected to have the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.0 in any one component, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 on the computer-based test). Please note that some subject areas (eg Law, Medicine) require IELTS 7 or a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computer-based test).

Some subject areas will require students to provide evidence of their English language ability.

We have also recently developed a range of credit-bearing courses for non-native English speakers that may be of interest, find out more at the University Centre for Academic English website.