The University of East London is offering a 12-week course for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The aim of the course is to introduce refugees and asylum seekers to Higher Education.

It offers an opportunity for students to find out what skills and knowledge are needed in order to apply for and succeed in Higher Education in the UK and provides information about pathways and opportunities. The course provides modules and workshops in English language and academic writing, research skills, academic tutoring and introduction to academic discussions.

A certificate of attendance is available for all who attend the offered workshops. Courses start in September and January.  

Please note that this is not an accredited programme and does not give students automatic access to other UEL courses. 

How to Apply

Important dates

Course dates: Please check here for updates on new course dates for 2021.


For all enquiries, please contact Aura Lounasmaa on

OLIve Up University Certificate

UEL also offers funded refugees and asylum seekers for University Certificate (Level 3) in Social Sciences and Early Years and Education studies. This is a full-time course and taught together with the Foundation programs. Applications are open June - August. For all enquiries, please contact Aura Lounasmaa on