Summerschool Academic English

The Summerschool Academic English is the ideal way to improve your English before you start your English programme. On this course you will learn everything you need to know to succeed in an English-taught programme at VU Amsterdam. You will develop the vocabulary you need, hone your listening skills and improve the accuracy and fluency of your spoken English. The course also deals with aspects of social interaction: how can you ensure that you contribute effectively to lectures and seminars?


What will you learn?

At the end of the course you will be thoroughly equipped to participate in English-taught lectures and seminars. You will also have the confidence to participate fully in an international classroom. Examples of course topics:

  • Listening skills: what is the lecturer saying?
  • Note taking
  • Training in pronunciation and fluency
  • Classroom interaction
  • Vocabulary practice and review
  • Basic grammar: forming clear and correct sentences
  • Asking and answering questions during a lecture


About the course

You can only learn a language by investing your time and energy. That’s why this course begins with an opportunity to prepare online. You will receive login details for our online e-learning environment at, enabling you to get to work on exercises, training videos and tests. In one week, before starting your studies, you will participate in a block of intensive language training with a group of fellow students. These sessions will be held at VU Amsterdam and consist of four hours of classes a day.


This course is designed for students who have been admitted to an English-language Bachelor’s or Master's  programme. Their existing level of English is B1+.

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