New Students – September Arrivals

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Hello and welcome to Lincoln!  Please see click the questions below for more information about how we can help you.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from new students


The in-sessional support services provided by the ELC are available to all international and EU students who are currently enrolled at the University of Lincoln, or who have applied to study a course at the University of Lincoln.  We can also help any student enrolled at the University of Lincoln whose first language is not English.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for these services, please contact us by email (, providing your full name and student number.

The in-sessional courses, workshops and drop-in sessions are free to all students currently enrolled at the University of Lincoln.

To register, complete these three simple steps:

Step 1 – Take the LELA (Find Your Academic English Level: Lincoln English Language Assessment)
All students who want to attend the In-sessional courses and workshops are required to take the Lincoln English Language Assessment (LELA). This assessment will help us to measure your academic English level.

There are lots of opportunities for you to take the LELA in September. View the ELC Welcome Week Timetable to find out when you can take the LELA.  You need to book your place using our website (registration opens on Friday 15th September). (If the LELA appears on the Welcome Week Timetable provided by your School/College you do not need to book again, just attend the session on your timetable).

On the day of your assessment, please go to the room stated on the ELC Welcome Week Timetable.  Please note you must have enrolled on your course and collected your Student ID Card before you can take the assessment.  You will be asked to show this before you take the assessment.


Step 2 – Check Your Results
Check the inbox of your student email account for your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This will tell you the results of your assessment and recommend which courses and workshops you should attend. Your ILP is usually sent to you within 4 working days of taking the assessment.


Step 3 – Book your place on the courses/workshops
Before you can attend a course or workshop, you must register your place using our online booking system. Follow the instructions in your ILP. If you have questions about registering for a course, email


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Student Feedback

Our courses and workshops are designed to help you improve your confidence in using English.  Our students gave us some fantastic feedback on last year’s courses:

“I am privileged to make a lot of friends from different countries. I also feel grateful for the teachers, for giving me the confidence to communicate with the public freely when going shopping and ordering food in restaurants.”

Lucy from China, MSc International Business student


“Thanks to the Effective Presentation Skills and Better Pronunciation courses, I now feel more confident when I have to stand up and give a talk, or when I want to raise my hand and ask questions during conferences”

Fancesco from Italy, PhD student in the School of Computer Science


“The English Language Centre teachers are extraordinary people who will explain you everything you ask about the university, essays, the UK culture, grammar or pronunciation. I am extremely grateful for their support.”

Daniel from Romania, MSc Management and International Relations student