English for Medics International Summer Programme

English language course designed for medical science students

Aims of the English for Medics International Summer Programme | Why join the English for Medics International Summer Programme? | Course Description | Key Facts |

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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 now been running for ten years and was initially devised with the support of a University of Leicester alumnus who is now a doctor in Japan.


Aims of the English for Medics International Summer Programme

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.
  • Enhance your research and study skills.
  • Find out what it’s like to study at a British university.
  • Experience living in a vibrant city in the heart of England.
  • Make friends with other medical students and professionals.

Course description

Medics - 1This 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:

  • The UK health system
  • Health issues in the UK
  • 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
  • Visits to medical services in the Leicester area

You can download a draft of the timetable here. Please note that this draft may be subject to changes.

Please complete the enquiry form to receive further information.

Here is what some previous students have said about the course:
Medics - 3The classes were cheerful and my teachers was every helpful and patient. The length of lessons was perfect, having breaks in between. I improved my English and gained confidence talking to foreigners. I enjoyed the course, the trips and getting introduced to other people. It is a great experience that everyone should try.
I really enjoyed it. The air is clean, I ate out with my classmates and had wonderful conversations. It was really worthwhile, enjoyable and practical.
Medics - 4
It was a very good schedule and the contents were also very nice. I liked the lectures and every events. Thank you for everything.
This programme is suitable for medical students who would like to go and work in a foreign hospital or join a study abroad programme with clinical training. This programme could add extra points onto your CV when you actually apply for a study abroad scholarship or a job overseas.  Through this programme, I have improved my English proficiency level as well as gained medical knowledge in the UK. This is the programme which made me even more motivated to learn more in order to meet my targets. I have also met many medical students from different medical universities. We studied and laughed together, which was an unforgettable experience.

4th year medical student

It was great to study medical English, but for me, outside class activities and the social life were absolutely irreplaceable.  I have met other medical students and with them, we talked endlessly about our dreams and ambitions and shared anxiety about the future and our studies. Without this programme, I’d not have met them, so I really appreciate the programme.

3rd year medical student

Key facts


The summer school will take place between Monday 5th August and Friday 23rd August 2019.
Accommodation will be available from Sunday 4th August to Saturday 24th August 2019 inclusive.
Applications close at the end of June 2019.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a minimum English level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. Alternative English qualifications will be accepted or we may be able to test your English. Please email us at eltu@le.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Participants must be aged 18 or over.


Accommodation will be in self-catered accommodation within walking distance of the campus and the city centre.

Participants will be housed in a single study bedroom with a private bathroom and will share kitchen facilities. All bills and Wi-Fi access are included.


£1,950 per person.

£1,800 for participants from University of Leicester partner institutions.

£1,800 for participants referred by a previous International Summer Programme student.

£1,800 for participants referred by a current University of Leicester student or member of staff.

Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course.

What's included:

    • A minimum of 20 hours of tuition per week for three weeks
    • Self-catered ensuite accommodation
    • All excursions and social events
    • All study materials
    • A certificate of attendance
    • Access to University of Leicester facilities

What's not included:

    • Airport transfers
    • Meals, other than those specified in the timetable
    • Visa costs
    • Medical and travel insurance


For information about scholarships for the 2019 International Summer Programmes, please click here.

Refund/cancellation policy

Within 14 days of acceptance of place

Full refund

On or before 23rd July 2019

Half refund

After 23rd July 2019

No refund

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