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Academic English Programme – University of Reading

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    Access academic language and skills courses throughout your time at Reading

Academic English Programme

Our free academic English courses and tutorials will help you get more from your degree course at Reading, by improving your language skills while you study.

The Academic English Programme (AEP) will help you develop both your language and academic skills, so that you can reach your full potential. All courses and tutorials take place on our Whiteknights campus.

"I got a first on my public law essay. I wanted to tell you as soon as I found out, and I didn't want to wait until Friday. I couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you so much."

Undergraduate Law Student – Mauritius

Who can apply?

As an international or EU student at Reading, developing your academic English with the AEP can improve your confidence and help you meet the challenges of studying in a different country.

Courses and tutorials on the programme are:

  • free to any fee-paying international or EU student
  • open to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • available at any stage of your studies at Reading.

What is available?

We offer classroom based courses and individual tutorials throughout your time at Reading. Our highly qualified and experienced academic English teachers can answer your questions and provide personalised feedback to help you improve.


The AEP is made up of a range of courses covering all your academic English needs. For example, it includes courses in:

  • essential academic writing skills
  • writing critically
  • dissertation and thesis writing
  • academic grammar
  • speaking.

Individual tutorials

If you would like to see someone individually about your academic writing or speaking, you can meet our experienced academic English tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In addition, we work with many of the academic departments at Reading to provide subject-specific courses. Please check with your own department to find out if this is an option for you.

Information for staff

The AEP can provide the training your international and EU students need to fully participate in their studies and to demonstrate their true academic ability in their written and spoken work.

As well as the general courses and one-to-one tutorials that are available to your students, we offer:

  • bespoke academic English courses tailored to specific disciplines and degree programmes
  • courses aimed specifically at PhD students.


Are you thinking about studying in the UK?

If you have not yet started a degree course at Reading, our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme can help you improve your English language skills before you join us.


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