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International Student Support: International Students

Welcome to International Students

This guide provides information to help you access language support during your time here at the University of Suffolk. The Department of Learning Services aims to support your studies in an English speaking environment and to make your experience of learning enjoyable and productive.   

Useful resources

Induction: preparation for study at university

Induction sessions for students are available via the Brightspace learning environment linked to your area of study. These sessions will prepare you for successful participation in your course of study and help you to achieve good outcomes in your assignments right from the start.


University of Suffolk - Support for International Students

Language Support

All international students are offered the chance to complete a short (45 minute) diagnostic assessment in the form of a mini-essay task. Students will then be given individual feedback on their academic writing and English language for this task. This is followed by discussion of an individual learning program to address any areas of language/ academic skills which would benefit from further development.


In addition, international students are invited to attend the Induction sessions linked with their chosen subject area, which introduce important skills to get started with studying at university. These sessions will introduce key areas surrounding university life, first assignments, researching, using the library, and managing time efficiently in an independent learning environment. These events are available through your Brightspace online learning environment.

Study Skills/ Academic Skills

International students are encouraged to make use of the study skills workshops that are offered by Learning Services.. Details of these workshops and bookings are available through the Learning Services workshop pages. Currently workshops are delivered via the virtual classroom learning environment.

One to one support

International students are able to book individual one to one support with a skills adviser to discuss English as and additional language for academic purposes, academic writing and study skills. Our aim is to support success with your assignments on both an individual and course specific basis. One to one support is currently delivered online, via Teams, phone or email.

For further e-mail enquiries contact: Chrissie DaCosta – or Mark Illman - / or make use of Learning Services Helpdesk / Libchat for immediate support and advice.


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Appointments for language support

If you would like help with English language for your academic studies then you can book a one to one tutorial using our online booking system. Just follow the link to schedule an appointment and select a day and a time when you would like to meet.

Bring along any work that you would like to discuss. This could include:

  • The assignment brief

  • Feedback from your tutors

  • Examples of your writing

  • Essay plans, outlines, or drafts

  • Any other questions relating to English language and academic study

Help can be given with understanding your assignment task, essay structure and planning, English grammar, punctuation, academic writing style, reading and research, and referencing information. These sessions can be used to gain helpful feedback and recommendations on your written work. Currently individual language support sessions can be delivered face to face (on specific days according to ASA schedule), online, via phone or email. 

You can contact any of the following if you have any questions:

Learning Services Issue Desk - 01473 338700

Student Life - 01473 338833

Chrissie DaCosta (Academic Skills Adviser)


Mark Illman (Academic Skills Adviser)


Grammar Cafe

Grammar Cafe. Interactive language/study skills activities for students on the go. A series of short language quizzes to develop your academic skills, all delivered in a refreshingly fun format. You can select one of the activities below and finish it in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee:

Synonyms Activity

Paraphrasing Activity

Definite article Activity

Talking Grammar Activity

Proofreading Activity