English Language Teaching Unit

English for Medics International Summer Programme

The English for Medics International Summer Programme is ideal for medical students and health professionals who want to improve their English for use in a hospital or medical setting. The course has been running for over fifteen years and was initially devised with the support of a University of Leicester alumnus who is now a doctor in Japan.


The main aims of the course are to develop participants’ ability to communicate when using English for medical purposes and to provide them with opportunities to find out about the health system and medical practice in the UK. We focus on all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing but the main emphasis will be on improving spoken English. An important aspect of the course is to learn to communicate in an appropriate way. When health professionals communicate with patients, they are expected to have a good ‘bedside manner’.

Why join the English for Medics International Summer Programme?

  • Improve your English skills specifically for use in a medical environment
  • Learn about health issues in the UK and meet British medical professionals
  • Develop general English language skill for everyday communication
  • Maximum class size of 16 students
  • Enhance your research and study skills
  • Find out what it’s like to study at a British university
  • Meet other international medical students

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Course description

This intensive course primarily focuses on language used in medical contexts. Participants will be provided with opportunities to use new medical vocabulary and structures in different contexts such as with a patient or consulting with fellow health professionals. Areas covered during the course include:

  • Taking a patient history
  • Giving a physical examination
  • Diagnostic and treatment procedures
  • Development of research and presentation skills
  • Cultural and social aspects of English usage

Some of the topics covered in the healthcare lectures and seminars have previously included:

  • Genetics
  • Perspectives from a general practitioner (GP)
  • Perspectives from an emergency doctor
  • Palliative care
  • Introduction to the National Health Service (history, structure, challenges, future)
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Molecular and cell biology (developments in diabetes research)
  • International medical education approaches

Key facts


  • Course dates: Monday 7 - Friday 25 August 2023 (accommodation available from Sunday 6 - Saturday 26 August 2023)
  • Application deadline: 30 June 2023
  • Acceptance and payment deadline: 7 July 2023

Entry requirements

  • Participants are expected to have a minimum English level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. Please note that we also accept English tests 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
  • Participants must be students or professionals in a medical or healthcare field


  • £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

  • Medical, general and academic English classes
  • Lectures on healthcare topics
  • 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
  • A certificate of attendance, transcript and written feedback
  • Tutor feedback
  • Closing ceremony with prize giving

What's not included

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

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

Cancellation/refund policy after acceptance of offer

  • Up to 4 July 2023 - Full refund
  • 5 - 24 July 2023 - Half refund
  • 25 July 2023 of after - No refund

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