English Language Teaching Unit

English for Humanities International Summer Programme

Discover British literature and history and develop your English skills at the University of Leicester 


The main aims of this three week course are to help participants to improve their ability in both general and academic English, while also learning more about humanities subjects offered by the University of Leicester in enjoyable surroundings. It also aims to give participants an insight into life in the UK and its higher education system.

Why join the English for Humanities International Summer Programme?

  • Improve your English skills in an academic and friendly environment
  • Discover more about British culture, featuring films, literature, history and museums
  • Find out what it is like to live and study at a renowned British university
  • Make friends with other students from around the world
  • Enhance your CV with an international study experience
  • Experience living in a vibrant and student friendly city situated in the heart of England

Course contents

  • A comprehensive induction programme, including an introduction to the City of Leicester
  • Daily English classes, focusing on both general and academic English, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening skills.
  • A mixture of seminars and lectures on British culture, focusing on film studies, museum studies and English literature, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and the discovery of the remains of King Richard III
  • An individual research project and poster presentation
  • Themed weekend excursions aimed at developing knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. More information is provided below
  • Fun evening social activities with students from other international summer programmes.
  • Some free time, making it possible to visit other cities or places of interest independently
  • An end-of-course presentation ceremony and tutor feedback

What is the difference between Leicester Discovery International Summer Programme and English for Humanities International Summer Programme?

The English for Humanities International Summer Programme requires a higher English level and contains more academic content. It is most suitable for those who wish to develop an established interest in the humanities, in areas such as British literature and history, for instance.

The Leicester Discovery International Summer Programme aims to offer a general introduction to British life and culture. Although there are clear academic themes within course, there is more of focus on activities outside the classroom than with the English for Humanities International Summer Programme. 

Apply for the Humanities International Summer Programme

Key facts


  • Course dates: Monday 7 August to Friday 25 August 2023 (accommodation available from Sunday 6 August to Saturday 26 August 2023)
  • Application deadline: Friday 30 June 2023
  • Payment deadline: Friday 7 July 2023
  • Registration deadline: Friday 14 July 2023

Entry requirements

  • Participants are expected to have a minimum English level of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. Alternative English qualifications will be accepted or we may be able to test your English. Please email us at summer@le.ac.uk if you have any questions.
  • Participants must be aged 18 or over.


  • Accommodation will be in self-catered 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. Bedding and kitchen equipment are provided. 


  • £2,100 per student.
  • £2,000 for students from a University of Leicester partner.

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

What's included

  • Tuition fees for all classes
  • Self-catered ensuite accommodation
  • All excursions and social events
  • All study materials
  • A certificate of attendance, transcript and written feedback
  • International Summer Programme T-shirt and farewell gift
  • Closing ceremony with prize giving
  • Access to University of Leicester facilities

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Scholarships

Visit our scholarships for the 2023 International Summer Programmes page for more information.

Refund/cancellation policy

  • Up to 4 July - Full refund
  • 5 to 24 July - Half refund
  • 25 July or after - No refund

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