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Study Abroad

General English Programme

If you attend one of our partner universities in Japan or South Korea and want to improve your English skills, joining our General English programme is the right choice for you.

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We are delighted to be able to offer interactive, tutor-led General English classes for English language improvement, to build your confidence in using English in a wide range of communication and comprehension situations.

York campus

  • Duration – Monday 6 March 2023 to Friday 16 June 2023

Course Fees

n/a Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees.

Course overview

Course aims

This course is designed to improve your English language skills. It combines live lessons and guided self-study tasks. In the live lessons you will take part in regular, interactive, tutor-led communicative activities and get support and advice. You will be given constructive feedback for the guided self-study tasks. You will also have regular tutorials to discuss progress, get advice and ask questions.

As well as skills work, the programme may include theme-based tasks and the opportunity to practise making presentations.

Entry requirements

The General English programme is suitable for students who have studied English for a year or more and are at Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate or Upper Intermediate level (A2 to C1). Business English or examination preparation classes (such as IELTS or Cambridge English examination preparation) are available on request, subject to sufficient demand.

Before joining our course, you can check your English Language level at Cambridge Assessments.

What you will learn

The course will include the skill areas of:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

You will be expected to participate, but with active support and feedback from our tutors. Unlike pure self-study options, there will be regular, interactive, tutor-led communicative activities. This lets you make use of the language you know, or have learnt, and get feedback.

Your study with us also includes:

  • The chance to discuss progress with your tutors in regular tutorials
  • Access to extra language support from our International Programmes team
  • Guided self-study activities

Why York St John?

York St John is a small, professional and friendly institution with experienced and approachable tutors.

Tutoring, learning support, technical help, administrative assistance and access to a wide range of learning and library resources is all available in-house.

We offer learning rooms, sports, societies and IT facilities, all within a smart and accessible campus, close to the centre of York, a beautiful, historic British city.

Course structure


When you arrive at York St John University you will receive a full induction to the programme. Included in this will be a Placement Test to decide which level you will study. Classes start at Pre-intermediate level up to Upper-intermediate (with Elementary to Advanced taking place during the Summer term if there are enough students).

Before joining our course you can check your English Language level at Cambridge Assessments.

Your tutors will adapt the content of the course to suit the needs of the class and you will also have regular tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress. The programme includes core and target modules.

During the programme you will be taught for 21 hours per week (including 1 hour a week of self-study), with breaks for coffee and lunch.

Core modules

In the morning classes you will have the opportunity to study:

  • Grammar
  • Listening
  • Vocabulary
  • Speaking and pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Writing

Target modules

In the afternoons you may have the choice of 2 target modules:

Integrated Skills

This covers all 4 language skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing. These skills will be practised using a variety of activities including group work and individual research. This will lead to presentations and other activities such as publishing a class magazine or creating a short film. This module is ideal for practising all of your English language skills in real situations.

IELTS Examination Preparation

These intensive classes runs each term, Monday to Thursday afternoons only, depending on student demand. Please note, examination fees are in addition to tuition fees and will be around £160 depending on the centre and test you take.

Fees and study dates


Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees.

Study dates

Monday 6 March 2023 to Friday 16 June 2023.


Homestay accommodation

Most of our students prefer to stay with one of our carefully selected and inspected Homestay hosts. Our hosts welcome international students from all over the world and provide the care and support that students really need when they are far away from home.

Homestay accommodation will give you the opportunity to practise your English outside the classroom and learn about British family life. Your host will provide you with a single study bedroom, breakfast and an evening meal.

We do our best to match our students to the right homestay host by considering your interests, hobbies and preferences and those of the host. The fee for Homestay Accommodation is £157.50 per week.

Contact us

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