Before deciding to embark on a course of English study, you should seriously consider a number of issues. Are you ready for this job (for studying at university is a job in itself)? Is this a good time for you? Do you want to spend more time reading and writing than partying, watching TV, or playing sport? If you are going through a period of personal or professional upheaval, you might want to consider taking some time off before starting your university career.
Full-time study of English requires dedication, responsibility, and plenty of time. Although classes may not seem very time-consuming, you should budget at least three hours of study for each hour you spend in class. This means you'll need to be very self-disciplined about how you spend your time. Some people like to leave all their work to the last minute, but although you may like to feel the adrenaline rush of stress, consider the problems that can arise from this approach. If you find you are missing key information, or if your computer fails to work, you may face the chance that your work will either be late or fail to meet the standards of your lecturer.
You will need to be conscientious about checking your email for updates and announcements from your lecturer. You'll be fully responsible for course requirements; for doing the homework and turning assignments in on time; for attending lectures and tutorials; and for catching up on any materials you may have missed. Just like other areas of work – business, for example – you will be expected to adhere to certain standards of behaviour, and failure to do so will count heavily against you.
None of this is meant to be discouraging! Rather, we want to make sure that you're aware of what the serious study of English requires. If you feel that English is for you, we are more than happy to welcome you to our programme.