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The International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) offers a variety of programmes and courses that can improve your English language and study skills, while introducing you to life at a UK university.

If you are thinking about taking a degree with us here at Reading, our programmes can help you achieve a place on your chosen degree course.

 Pre-degree courses for international students

We offer the following programmes to help you get accepted on to a university course in the UK and make a success of it once you are here.

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Pre-sessional English

If you want to improve your English before you start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK, the Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programme is for you.

The PSE is a BALEAP-accredited programme.


International Foundation Programme

On the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you will gain the academic training, language and study skills you need to start an undergraduate degree in the UK with confidence.

English language tests

To certify your English language skills when applying for university courses, we offer the choice of the following high-quality, established tests.

Find out more about taking an English language test with ISLI


Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)

The Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP), used by many higher education institutions in the UK, is a straightforward test, which demonstrates your language skills on a single topic.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognised qualification that is trusted by individuals and organisations worldwide for its fairness, reliability and high standards.

Studying Abroad - coming to Reading

If you are an international student, the University of Reading is an ideal choice to study abroad for part of your degree. It's a relaxed and friendly place to live and study, with London and many other exciting and historic places of interest nearby.

You will join a vibrant community of students from around the world, and we can help you develop the English language skills you need to complete your studies successfully.

The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will support you in creating a home from home and can offer advice and guidance about living in the United Kingdom whether you are a native English speaker, or not.

Find out more about the Study Abroad Programme