Academic English course

Level: Upper-Intermediate (B1/B2), Advanced (B2/C1)

Do you want to feel more confident in English during your studies? This course aims to enhance your English language skills of students at Bachelor and Master level. Following the programme will improve your academic writing and the presenting and speaking skills you need in your studies. You will activate and expand your English academic vocabulary and develop your fluency in English.



Starting from 13 February 2024

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About the course

This integrated skills course aims to further develop your academic writing and speaking abilities, helping you to gain more confidence and become more competent in your use of Academic English. You will also expand your academic vocabulary and receive regular feedback on your writing. In addition, you will discover your own strengths and weaknesses in academic writing in English.

Topics covered will include:

  • recognising and analysing academic texts.
  • text cohesion (for example, through linking words).
  • delivering presentations with greater fluency.
  • academic style (formal and informal writing).

The course is suitable for any Bachelor or Master student at minimum B2 level. Not sure of your level? Take our free placement test.


Learning Goals

By the end of the course you will have:

  • expanded your academic vocabulary.
  • improved your fluency in English.
  • learned how to analyse academic texts.
  • improved your academic writing style.
  • learned how to structure an academic paper.
  • practised with delivering academic presentations.
  • acquired self-study strategies.



  • During this interactive course there will be individual assignments, but we will also be working in pairs and small groups.
  • You will receive regular structured feedback on both your written work and presentation skills. Giving peer feedback to fellow students is also part of the course.


Time investment

  • This course consists of 8 sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The advised self-study load is 2-3 hours a week.



  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You will be working with a book. You can order this book on our special book page. Please ensure you have your book ready for the first session.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you follow at least 80% of the classes.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.



  • Starting date: 13 February 2024 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Tuesday 13 February 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 27 February 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 5 March 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 12 March 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 19 March 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 26 March 2024 15:15 17:00
    Tuesday 2 April 2024 15:15 17:00


  • Starting date: 15 April 2024 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 15 April 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 22 April 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 29 April 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 6 May 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 13 May 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 27 May 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 3 June 2024 15:15 17:00
    Monday 10 June 2024 15:15 17:00