Introduction to the Academic English Programme

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The Academic English Programme (AEP) enables international and EU students at the University of Reading to develop their academic English skills. We'll support you through the challenges of your studies, and we'll develop your academic English skills to help you achieve your full potential. The programme is free to all fee-paying students from all departments and at any stage of study.

Classes start in week 2 of term and last for eight weeks, taking a break for enhancement week. In the Summer term, classes start in Week 1 and run until the end of term.

We have an extensive range of courses, covering all your academic English needs, including critical writing, essay and dissertation writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, academic grammar and vocabulary, and Social English. We also provide individual tutorials. All our courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced academic English teachers, and class sizes are kept small (generally less than 16 students), so there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalised feedback.

Additionally, we provide subject-specific courses, delivered in cooperation with academic departments - please see your own department teams to see if you qualify for one of these courses.


Feedback from former students

"AEP is very helpful for our international students and the teachers are all so nice and helpful! Thank you all so much!" Masters Student, China

"I got a first on my public law essay. I wanted to tell you as soon as I found out and I did not want to wait until Friday. I could not have done it without your help. Thank you so much." UG Law Student, Mauritius

"I really enjoyed the cosy atmosphere in the class and I found useful the different kinds of past dissertations which gave us the idea of writing in a formal and academic way." PG Meteorology Student

"This course allowed me to considerably improve my level of English." Academic Writing Student, Colombia

"Thank you for the opportunity to attend these classes, they have been really helpful." Essays and Pronunciation Student, Peru

"AEP is very helpful for international students and the teachers are very nice and helpful" Academic Writing Student, China



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