Pre-Sessional English Programme

Programme Overview:


We offer a Pre-Sessional English programme on campus at DCU.

The programme aims to prepare and equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in undergraduate or postgraduate study through the medium of English.


Programme Dates and Fees:


  • 26th June - 1st September (10 Weeks) - €2,775
  • 31st July - 1st September (5 Weeks) - €1,350


What Is Included?


  • 20 hours tuition per week
  • DCU LS student card
  • Academic English course book
  • Free registration (normally €65)
  • City Orientation Tour
  • Final exam
  • Course certificate
  • School Social Programme - fees may apply for some activities


DCU LS Programme Objectives:  


During the programme, students will improve their English language skills whilst developing their social and inter-cultural skills. The programme objectives are to:
  • Develop students’ knowledge and use of English for Academic Purposes
  • Provide a supportive learning environment where students are encouraged to become effective, self-directed learners
  • Develop students’ social and inter-cultural skills
  • Assist students in integrating into study life in Ireland
  • Enhance students’ social and inter-cultural skills


Programme Learning Outcomes:


On successful completion of the Pre-sessional English Language Programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a command of English for Academic Purposes in writing, speaking, listening and comprehension
  • Identify, evaluate and select appropriate academic resources and research methods
  • Plan and manage their study effectively
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with lecturers and fellow students
  • Apply creative and critical thinking to academic tasks
  • Participate effectively in independent and group study contexts using the tools and strategies appropriate to higher education


Core Modules:


Throughout the programme, students will study the following three modules:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Critical Thinking: Study Strategies for University Life
  • Intercultural Communication


Programme Content:


  • Academic writing (essays, reports, reviews)
  • Academic conventions (referencing and avoiding plagiarism)
  • Effective participation in tutorials and seminars
  • Presentation skills
  • Developing reading skills for academic purposes
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Active listening
  • Effective note-taking for lectures and tutorials
  • Examination skills
  • Communication and discussion techniques
  • Using IT for research and study purposes
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Adapting to a new academic environment