Pre-sessional English


University Pathway

Pre-sessional English: University Pathway

Get to grips with the skills you’ll need for your university course! 

  • Intense focus on the distinct features of Academic English, with a view to understanding lectures, giving presentations and undertaking research.
  • Understand how academic texts and lectures are constructed, from introducing a topic to critically analysing different points of view, as well as presenting your own empirically based research and justifying your own conclusions.
  • Master academic protocols in written and verbal communication, including the indispensable academic skills of referencing correctly, drawing up bibliographies and presenting new research.


Duration: 5 or 10 weeks
Start times: June & July 2024
Levels: IELTS 6.0 - 6.5
Workload: 20 hours per week
Class times (Irish Time): 9.00 - 13.00
Class size: maximum 15
€3,300 + €110 Registration Fee
€1,700 + €110 Registration Fee


Pre-sessional English

Extra classes and social programme

Pre-sessional English

Access to University Facilities

Pre-sessional English

Course certificate

Pre-sessional English

DCUIA student card

Pre-sessional English

Free Wi-Fi

What will this course offer you?

  • A supportive learning environment in which you will systematically analyse and master the features (grammar, structures and register) of Academic English
  • The confidence, critical skills and analytical tools needed to study on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • The chance to study alongside other international students and build a study network, either within your own discipline or branching out into other fields
  • An understanding of academic conventions and codes of conduct, covering such topics as originality in research produced, citation and other methods of attribution

Who should attend this programme?

This course is recommended for students who:
  • are about to enter third-level education and who need to master the invaluable conventions, structures and register of Academic English
  • want to master the specific linguistic requirements associated with academia


Find out more in our FAQs, click here.

How Can I Book a Course?

To apply for a course, please complete our online application form here .Once received, our Registration Officer will contact you to confirm your programme and arrange payment.

What types of accommodation can you arrange for me?

We have different categories of accommodation to suit all preferences. Please have a look at the accommodation section on our website for an overview.

Where is Ireland and Dublin Located?

Ireland is an island nation, located beside the United Kingdom in north-west Europe. Ireland has a population of 4.7 million people, of which 1.3 million live in the region of Dublin, the capital city.


Flexible Accommodation Options including staying with an Irish family.