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Online courses you can take in preparation for an international education

Pursuing an international education can be an intimidating goal, but it doesn’t have to be. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has affected face-to-face classes, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to continue learning! If you’re missing the nurturing environment of the classroom, there are several online courses that simulate that experience from the comfort of your home.

Here are several online course certifications from IDP’s course database that may help kickstart your international studies and strengthen your command of the English language!

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1. English for Academic Purposes Presessional (6 Weeks) online at University of Birmingham

If you’re looking to refine your English skills before studying in the United Kingdom, this course is offered during both term-time and the summer. It also features flexible entry points based on your current English level. If you’re hoping to pursue a degree at the University of Birmingham, this course will surely complement your studies and allow you to maximize your education.

2. Certificate of Attainment in English Language at The University of Waikato

This certification focuses on the language skills necessary for higher education in New Zealand. The eight level course offers elementary to advanced levels, and strengthens international students’ grasp on presenting and note-taking beyond just reading and writing.

3. Academic English at The University of Auckland English Language Academy

The University of Auckland English Language Academy’s four level course helps international students determine their own needs as learners, whether that be in listening, speaking, reading, or writing. The course was made available online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the primary objective of offering students continued support in their language learning journey.

4. Professional Certificate of Competency in Specification and Technical Writing at Engineering Institute of Technology

Effective communication is a skill that not only benefits everyone, but is also needed in technical industries. This online course offered by the Engineering Institute of Technology in Australia prepares international students for writing technical documents. It will improve your grasp on communication and enrich your skills in research and data collection. Students who complete the course will be granted a vocational graduate certificate.

5. Graduate Certificate in Computer Industry Writing (Online) at Northeastern University

Northeastern University’s online course is tailored for international students seeking to boost their technical writing and editing skills. The online course’s focus on technical communication gives students the chance to create tools such as user manuals and introduces them to the software tools used by professionals in the field.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your pursuit of an international education, we’re here to help! You can fill out the form on this page to get in touch with an IDP Education Counselor for free.

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 Written by: Gabrielle Lombos

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