English Language Teaching Unit

English for Business International Summer Programme

The English for Business International Summer Programme is ideal for business studies students whose first language is not English. It would also be beneficial for English learners who are interested in studying in a UK Business School in the future. This course has been designed and developed in collaboration between the Centre for International Training and Education and the University of Leicester School of Business, combining expertise in teaching English with the knowledge and insight of an internationally renowned business education and research community. 


The main aim of the course is to develop participants’ ability to communicate in English, particularly in a business context. We focus on all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing but the main emphasis is on improving spoken English. In addition, the course aims to give an introduction to student life in a UK Business School, with a series of lectures introducing a range of contemporary business themes to support and underpin the business English classes. 

Why join the English for Business International Summer Programme? 

  • Improve your English proficiency for use in a business context and polish your presentation skills
  • Gain insight into relevant business topics and issues through a series of lectures by University of Leicester academics 
  • Develop general English language skills for everyday communication and gain confidence
  • Enhance your academic and study skills
  • Find out what it’s like to study at a British business school and engage with business and management academics
  • Learn about British culture through the social programme and by living in a vibrant UK city
  • Engage with other international business students and students from other academic backgrounds
  • Enhance your CV and personal statement with an international study experience

Course description 

The strands of the course are: 

  • Business English classes in the form of a product innovation and business pitch project, culminating in a group presentation at an entrepreneurship festival
  • Lectures by University of Leicester School of Business academic staff
  • Everyday English classes, improving confidence and communication skills
  • Day trips to London and Oxford and excursions to places of interest
  • Social events, allowing networking with students from other International Summer Programmes

As an indication, topics covered in the business lectures may include:  

  • Marketing 
  • Accounting
  • Innovation 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources
  • Maximum English class size of 16 students, maximising the opportunity for communication between the teachers and students, and between students
  • Up to 21 hours of face-to-face taught classes per week on the University of Leicester School of Business campus. Classes generally take place between 9.30am-11.00am, 11.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm. 

Key facts 

Dates for Summer 2024 

  • Course dates: Monday 5 August - Friday 23 August 2024 (accommodation available from Sunday 4 August - Saturday 24 August 2024). Accommodation for additional nights may be booked at a cost of £30 per night. 
  • Application deadline: Sunday 30 June 2024 (we may close applications earlier if the course fills up)
  • Acceptance and payment deadline: Sunday 7 July 2024
  • Pre-registration deadline: Sunday 7 July 2024
  • Please note: to ensure courses are allocated in a timely and fair fashion, once an offer letter has been issued, we require you to accept or decline within 21 calendar days.

Entry requirements 

  • Participants are expected to have a minimum English level of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. We will accept a range of test results, including:
    • CASEC
    • CET4/CET6
    • EIKEN
    • GTEC
    • TOEFL
    • TOEIC
  • Please upload evidence of your English test on your online application
  • We may be able to test your English
  • Participants must be aged 18 or over
  • Participants must be business students or have an interest in studying business in the future

Please email us at summer@le.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Our expectations of English for Business International Summer Programme students 

  • To show willingness to engage with tutors and students during class
  • To attend all timetabled sessions
  • To be open and kind to students from all backgrounds


  • Accommodation will be in self-catered university accommodation 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, as are bedding and kitchen equipment


  • £2,200 per student 
  • £2,100 for students from a University of Leicester partner 

Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course. 

What's included 

  • Business and everyday English classes
  • Lectures on relevant contemporary business themes from University of Leicester School of Business academic staff 
  • Day trips to London and Oxford
  • Two half day excursions to local places of interest
  • Three social events, including a welcome dinner and a farewell party
  • All study materials
  • A statement of completion and written feedback
  • Closing ceremony with prize giving 
  • An International Summer Programme T-shirt
  • 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 

What's not included 

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Towel 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 

Visit our 2024 International Summer Programmes Scholarships page for more information. Scholarship applications will only be considered after we have received an application for a specific International Summer Programme.

Cancellation/refund policy after acceptance of offer 

  • Up to 7 July 2024 - Full refund 
  • 8 July - 21 July 2024 - Half refund 
  • 22 July 2024 or after - No refund 


Apply for the English for Business International Summer Programme 2024

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