Access and Pre-Sessional Programs and resources

Access and pre sessional programs are courses designed to prepare applicants for higher education. Several universities and charities now offer programs which can be hugely important stepping stones in enabling access to HE for refugees and asylum seeking students.
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Access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers

The Bloomsbury Institute

Location: London

The course offers support and information about the full university experience, from how to apply through to developing your English skills.
See flyer for more details Bloomsbury_Institute_Access_Course.pdf

Apply here

Open for applications

The Compass project

Birkbeck, University of London

Location: London

The Compass provides information, advice and guidance to those wanting to enter higher education from forced migration backgrounds it also offers scholarship programs to study at Birkbeck for one year.

More information

Pre Sessional courses

University of Leicester

Location: Leicester

10 week pre sessional language course to improve English Language skills in preparation for University. The pre-sessional programmes offer a range of entry points from IELTS 4.0 to IELTS 6.0 for those wishing to study a degree programme. Places are available to start in October, January and April.
More information

Olive program

University of East London

Location: London

The course offers an opportunity for students to find out what skills and knowledge are needed in order to apply for and succeed in HE in the UK and provides information about pathways and opportunities.

More information


Institute of Education London

Location: London

Course on preparation for higher education and employment for refugees and asylum seekers.

More information

Your Future

University of Surrey

Location: Guildford, Surrey

Six session program for refugees and asylum seekers looking at university life, careers development, group activities and planning pathways.


Open for applications

Online courses and resources





Preparing for University

Free 6 week online course (3hrs per week), including access to university lectures, key skills for undergraduate degrees and tips for starting well at university.

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Aim higher: access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers

Designed to give the information and support required by refugees and asylum seekers in their application for university, free, duration 3 weeks, 3hrs per week.

Link here

How to succeed at: Writing applications

A free, 3 week course (3hrs per week) from the careers service at the University of Sheffield to help learners write successful applications, CVs, covering letters and personal statements.

Link here

The complete University Guide

Website with advice on applying to university, general funding information, open days and frequently asked questions.

Link here