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ISLI’s Visiting Student Programme is a bespoke course that will introduce your students to studying at a UK university and to British culture, as well as developing their English Language and academic study skills.

We can work with your institution to create a bespoke course designed to meet the needs of a particular student group. Reading is a multicultural town, located just 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport and 30 minutes by train from London and Oxford.

Courses are for:

  • groups of international students who are currently studying at university.


Ideally the students will have intermediate-level English (CEFR B1-B2) but we can consider groups with any level of English proficiency.

Course content includes:

  • improving confidence and level of spoken English
  • learning essential elements of English for Academic Purposes
  • experience in UK university subject-specific study (for example business, economics, law, art, food science, construction management, English literature)
  • British cultural study.

Course arrangements include:

  • arrangements for airport pick-up
  • social events and cultural visits
  • accommodation in host-family homes, or in student accommodation on campus
  • access to the excellent library, technology and language-learning resources
  • a beautiful campus environment with cafes, shops and easy access to buses.

Timeframes and costs:

  • We will discuss the timeframes of courses in collaboration with you.
  • Costs will depend on the size of the group, the intensity of study required, and the amount of cultural or social events included.
  • We would typically expect at least 10 students to stay for at least two weeks.

To discuss options for group short courses for your institution, please complete our enquiry form, or contact us at


International professional development courses

If you work in education, our professional development courses can help you in the areas of teaching English as a second or foreign language, writing and publishing English, university leadership, and university services.


Meet our experts

ISLI is staffed by qualified and experienced tutors, who are supported by a team of friendly administrators. Contact us to find out more about the services we offer.


Homestay hosting

Many of the students on our short courses, such as our professional development courses and the Visiting Student Programme, choose to stay with a local host family.