Pre-arrival Academic Support

Resources to help you prepare for study in the UK.

Prepare for Success

Many international students feel unprepared for academic life and study in the UK. For this reason, the first resource we recommend to international students is the Prepare for Success website:

“Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.”

Prepare for Success

The learning resources on the Prepare for Success website can be used in any order by clicking on a title. Alternatively, you can use them through the 'study pathways' page if you would like to search by skill or topic.


Epax Academic Writing

This course teaches you the key features of academic writing. It has 3 sections (10 units), about 35 hours of work in total, consisting of movie tutorials and pages of notes, exercises and models. It is suitable for self-study, and is aimed at both home and international university students.

Epax Academic Writing can be accessed through Learn. Simply log in to Learn and click on the Self Enrol tab. Search the course catalogue for Epax. Simply click Enrol to access the materials. 

(Note: you can only access this course when you have received your University of Edinburgh UUN and EASE password.)