Studying in the UK

Understanding and working in English as a second language has its challenges. 

One of the most important services for you to get to know when you arrive is the English Language Centre. We know that studying in a foreign language can be very difficult. We also know that during your time in Lincoln, you will want to improve your language skills, understand British culture better, and take the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world. At the English Language Centre, we offer a range of courses and workshops, as well as a regular drop-in service if you need individual support. All of our courses and services are completely free and run throughout the academic year. On arrival you will be offered the opportunity to take a short English language diagnostic test with us. Our tutors will then be able to advise you which of our programmes will be suitable for you to attend throughout the year.

Main courses

  • Academic English
  • Culture and Conversation
  • Grammar for Academic English

Short courses

  • Active Listening
  • Advanced Academic Writing
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Critical Thinking
  • English for Dissertation Writing
  • Effective Presentation Skills

Drop-in & 1:1 writing support

If you need individual help with any English language problem, the ELC’s Drop-in service is the perfect place to go. Our experienced, well-qualified team of teachers can advise you on any language issue. You do not need to make an appointment before and can simply arrive when the drop-in session takes place. We also provide a writing support service where we can check part of your assignments and give advice on how to avoid grammatical mistakes, improve sentence structure and paragraphing. 

For full details of the workshops and to book a place please email

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have a thorough guide to all elements of studying in the UK, from choosing a course, choosing accommodation, study tips through to immigration advice, student financial support and what happens after you finish your study.