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English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills)

The English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme is for international students intending to study at Lancaster University, and who are required or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their degree studies. 

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31 August - 25 September 2020

The English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme is for international students intending to study at Lancaster University, and who are required or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their degree studies. 

Students applying for the programme must first of all have undergone the standard Lancaster University admissions procedures. If you receive either a requirement or a recommendation to take one of the above courses before starting your studies in October, the university Undergraduate or Postgraduate Admissions Office will notify you about which of the courses to take and will indicate what the application procedures are.

There are also a limited number of places available for students who have been accepted into the University without being required or recommended to take one of these courses. If you have received an "unconditional offer" and are interested in enrolling in one of the courses, please contact the Summer Programmes Administration Coordinator for further details.

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The English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme is for international students intending to study at Lancaster University who are required or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their degree course.

The programme helps you to:

  • develop the language skills you need for academic study at Lancaster University
  • prepare you for studying and living in the Lancaster area.

The main emphasis is on academic reading and writing skills, as these are very important for your later study. Speaking and listening skills are also covered, together with integrated work on language use in an academic context. We also provide tutorials (one-to-one discussions) to help you individually with your study needs, especially in relation to academic writing.

The course typically includes the following components

  • Academic Reading and Writing: The reading and writing skills you need for intensive study in higher education - adopting different strategies for different reading purposes; critically evaluating key texts; organising essays and reports; using an appropriate writing style.
  • Listening Comprehension: How to follow academic lectures and seminars and make useful notes.
  • Speaking Skills: How to take part in seminars (group discussions) - asking and responding to questions, giving and justifying opinions, making presentations and learning from feedback.
  • Language Development: This is an integral part of all our course components. The focus is on how language is used to express specific meanings in different academic contexts, especially in written assignments.

The course is full-time, with periods set aside for self-directed study.

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In order to be initially considered for a place on the EAP Course, applicants must have applied to Lancaster University for a degree programme and been made a formal offer for study.

Conditional offer applicants

Conditional offer applicants must first have consulted with the Admissions Officer for their degree programme and received confirmation that they are permitted to apply for the 4-week EAP (Study Skills) Programme as an alternative to meeting the language entry requirement for their degree programme.

Unconditional offer applicants

Limited places are available for unconditional offer students or students who have met their language entry requirement for their degree programme. Places will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Students can make use of all the resources of the University, including the Library, the extensive Sports Centre, the public computer laboratories and the University Health Centre.

Accommodation

On-campus, single, self-catering study-bedrooms are available for all English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme students. Accommodation costs for 2019 will be approximately £140.00 per week. To help with your integration into campus life for the duration of the EAP (Study Skills) programme you will be placed in flats together with all the other students attending the same course. You will live in on-campus accommodation in one of the Colleges which has been allocated for our summer programmes until the last Wednesday of the course, at which time you will then be asked to move to your term-time room if you are staying on campus.

There is no separate accommodation procedure. Once you have accepted the offer of a place on the EAP (Study Skills) Programme and paid your deposit (if applicable) you will automatically be allocated a room on campus.  The Summer Programmes Administration Coordinator will email you before the programme with further details

Tuition Costs 2019

£1,420.00 (not including accommodation costs)

Please note a non-refundable deposit of 150.00 GBP may be required in order to secure your place.

Tuition fees paid are non-refundable. In the case of early withdrawal, a refund will only be considered in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Course Director.

Payment of Course Fees

Students will be advised regarding deposit payment by their Faculty Admissions Officer.

All students will pay tuition fees after they arrive at Lancaster and full details of how to do this will be provided at that time. If you have any questions please contact lael@lancaster.ac.uk

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Deadline for applications for 2020 is Friday 17 July – subject to availability

This is the deadline date for which we can guarantee your consideration although we strongly advise that you do not leave it this late in order to ensure you have enough time to obtain your study visa (if required). 

You must accept your offer four weeks before the course start date, or if you apply later than the deadline and receive an offer then you must accept immediately so that we can arrange issue of a CAS and you can make an application for your study visa.

There is no application form required, but if you would like to apply to attend the EAP course please e-mail ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk (Undergraduate students). For Postgraduate students please contact the relevant Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Enquiries

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below. Should you have any further questions or queries regarding the entry requirements for the 4-week EAP (Study Skills) Course, please contact the Summer Programmes Administration Coordinator on lael@lancaster.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to read the following FAQs before contacting the Summer Programmes Administration Coordinator.