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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. 

Programme outline

The English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) Programme is a 4-week programme 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 is designed 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.

Course delivery in 2021

There will be two separate EAP courses running this September: an online course and a face-to-face course.

EAP online

On the online EAP course, you will learn in a virtual class, with one-to-one support from an experienced Tutor, completing individual and group tasks. The course is designed so that you can work on tasks in your own time making it suitable for various time zones.

Students need to be self-motivated to follow the tasks and manage their time effectively. This course has been developed by experienced staff specifically for online learning and technology and ran successfully in 2020.

You can also connect with other students before term begins through online social and cultural activities. These activities will be led by Student Ambassadors whom you can ask questions about living and learning in Lancaster.

The course will be delivered on Moodle, Microsoft Teams, OneNote and Flipgrid. To access materials and take part in learning activities you will need:

  • Access to a laptop or PC with microphone and camera
  • An active internet connection

An online orientation will be available for students the week before teaching begins. We recommend students access the orientation from Monday 30th August so that the whole week is available to become confident with the technology and ready to focus on the course content from Monday 6th September. For students with limited availability before the course begins, the orientation materials will continue to be available. From Monday 30th August, there will also be opportunities for students to ask staff questions in live talks and connect with other students during virtual social activities.

EAP campus

The face-to-face EAP course will take place on campus.

You will learn in a class, with one-to-one support from an experienced Tutor, completing individual and group tasks. As with any Lancaster University programme, this course also requires students to work independently outside of class time.

This course has run successfully for decades and the content is refreshed each year considering student feedback and updated pedagogical perspectives.

Social and cultural activities will take place on campus with Student Ambassadors. You can become familiar with Lancaster on campus and town tours, make friends on social activities, and (if travel is allowed) explore the UK at weekends.

Please note that we will follow government guidelines and if Covid cases in the UK rise significantly, teaching may be moved online or social distancing may be introduced restricting group activities.

If students need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival to the UK, students can arrive between Monday 23-Sunday 29 August. Students must be in class by the morning of Wednesday 8th September in order to be accepted onto the EAP campus course. Students will be automatically allocated a room with an individual shower and toilet on campus. From 23 August, accommodation is free for students to arrive early (and self-isolate) before the EAP course begins. After this, accommodation costs £143.99 per week. Students can opt out of this accommodation if they prefer to book private accommodation.

More information

This course is one of Lancaster University's pre-sessional English language programmes. Find more information on how to apply, entry requirements, dates and fees on our pre-sessional English language courses page.

For enquiries about the course content, logistics and arrivals, please email

For enquiries about your main degree programme, please contact your department.