UK education journey

Studying English in the UK opens doors to world-class higher education and international employment

An English language course in the UK can help students access the UK’s world-class higher education system and post-study work opportunities. A UK higher education gives students access to high teaching standards, world-leading research, valuable work placements and shorter programmes than other countries. This means students can qualify sooner and take advantage of the UK’s new Graduate work visa to start an international career.

English for academic purposes (EAP)

These courses help students develop the English language skills required to study a further or higher education course in English. As well as reading, writing, speaking and listening, students learn independent study skills, such as note-taking, discussion, academic reading and writing.

University pathway courses

Pathway courses prepare international students for study at a UK university, by improving their English, subject knowledge and academic skills.


They help students meet the requirements for their preferred undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme and get used to life as an international student in the UK.


Students can study a pathway course at a further education college university or a private education provider.

Pre-sessional English at a university

Universities offer pre-sessional English courses at their on-campus language centres, for students who need to improve their language skills before starting their undergraduate or post-graduate course.


Pre-sessional courses are for students who have already been guaranteed a place at the university. The course length depends on the needs of the student.

Graduate work visa

International students who graduate from a UK higher education provider can apply for a two-year graduate work visa.


Who is eligible? Anyone who enrolled on their course after September 2020 and will graduate at undergraduate level or higher.

More information

Visit the British Council’s Study UK website for information on: