5 benefits of taking an English language course before you start university
January 19, 2017
As international study abroad specialists, we know how difficult it can be for students studying abroad. Especially as they’ll be studying in a language different to their own. Most international students will find themselves studying in English, which is why we would always recommend any international student to enrol in an English language course before they start their university course. There are a variety of summer schools that have the course available. We’ve spoken previously about the benefits of attending an English summer school. But in this post, we’re going to focus on why it’s important to take an English language course, and the benefits you’ll see for doing so.
It can be the difference between you being accepted into university and not
Many universities have special requirements for international students. And most of them are language requirements. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is used to determine whether someone who has English as a second language is capable of adequately studying in English. Many universities have a specific IELTS level as an entry requirement. For example, IELTS 5.0. To achieve this, many students find enrolling on an English language course helps significantly.
It can help you get comfortable in a new country
Your first time away from home can be tough. It can be even harder if your first time away from home is in another country. By enrolling on an English language course, it allows you to become acclimatised to your new surroundings before your university course starts. You have a chance to make new friends, see the sights of your new country and really prepare for student life.
It can increase your opportunities
By improving your English, you’ll find that there are many more opportunities for you to take. For example, you may find that there are more courses you can apply for as some demand a higher level of English than others. These include courses such as Journalism or Psychology. By improving your language skills, you’ll also be able to study postgraduate courses if that is something you want.
It can prepare you for the demands of university
Many English language courses also combine the course with academic study skills. This includes developing a range of skills that you will need to be successful at university. For example, critical thinking, discussion, analysis and how to write academic essays. You can then get the maximum benefit from your university course. Many students who enrol on this type, of course, get better results further in their academic career.
It will improve your confidence
Starting university is daunting for every single student, whether they are an international student or not. You may be feeling anxious, low in confidence or just generally nervous. All of those feelings are completely normal. However, an English language course can really increase your confidence, especially if you feel worried about studying in another language. Practice makes perfect and an English language course can be just the thing you need to get started. If you are going to be studying abroad and think an English language course might be for you, contact us at IEC Abroad for more information. We can help get the process started and can guide you every step of the way.