English Language Teaching Unit

English for Engineers Summer Programme

The English for Engineers Summer Programme is aimed at engineering students and professionals of all disciplines wishing to improve their English for use in an Engineering context. The course combines the discipline expertise of the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering with the language expertise of the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU).

Aims of the English for Engineers Summer Programme

The main aims of the course are to develop participants’ ability to communicate when using English in an engineering context and to give them an opportunity to experience engineering at a British university. We focus on all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing but the main emphasis will be on improving spoken English.

Why join the English for Engineers Summer Programme?

  • Improve your English skills specifically for use in an engineering environment
  • Experience studying in a UK engineering school setting, including practical experiments
  • Develop your general English language skills for everyday communication
  • Maximum class size of 16 students
  • Up to 19 hours of face-to-face taught classes per week on the University of Leicester campus. Classes generally take place between 9.15am-10.45am, 11.15am-12.45pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Enhance your research and academic study skills
  • Find out what it’s like to study at a British university situated in the heart of the UK

Course contents

This intensive course primarily focuses on language used in engineering contexts. Participants will be provided with opportunities to use new vocabulary and language structures in different contexts such as in lab sessions and at the final poster presentation.

This specially designed three-week course combines:

  • A course welcome and induction day
  • General English classes to improve your vocabulary and confidence in interacting with English language speakers in everyday life, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening skills
  • Academic English classes where you will learn how to design and present an academic poster, culminating in the showcasing of your work in a research exhibition
  • Lab sessions led by the staff of the Engineering department when you will conduct experiments and practice writing simple lab reports, focusing on areas such as tensile testing and heat transfer processes
  • Engineering lectures delivered by academics from the Engineering department on topics that are relevant to your studies such as alloys, control systems, and spacecraft systems engineering
  • Evening social activities
  • Day trips to places of interest

Key facts


  • Course dates: Monday 22 July – Friday 9 August 2024 (accommodation available from Sunday 21 July – Saturday 10 August 2024)

Entry requirements

  • Participants must be aged 18 or over
  • Participants must be engineering students


  • Accommodation will be in self-catered flats within walking distance of the campus and the city centre
  • Participants will be housed in a single study bedroom with ensuite bathroom and will share kitchen facilities. All bills and Wi-Fi access are included. Bedding and kitchen equipment are provided.


  • £1,950 – joint institute partners
  • £2,100 – partners
  • £2,200 - non partners

Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course. Payment deadline: Sunday 26 May 2024.

What's included

  • Engineering and academic English classes
  • Airport transfers
  • Two day trips to places of interest such as London and Oxford
  • Three social events, including a welcome dinner and farewell party
  • All study materials
  • Self-catered student accommodation – single bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shared kitchen. Bedding and kitchen equipment provided
  • Registration giving access to University of Leicester facilities, including the award-winning David Wilson Library
  • Summer Programme T-shirt
  • A statement of completion and written feedback
  • Closing ceremony with prize giving Tuition fees for all classes

What's not included

  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Access to the university gyms. Short term membership can be purchased at a cost of £10 per week.

Refund/cancellation policy

  • Up to 16 June 2024 - Full refund 
  • 17 June - 30 June 2024 - Half refund 
  • 1 July 2024 of after - No refund 

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