Introductory Academic Programme

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The Heriot-Watt Introductory Academic Program (HWIAP) prepares you for studying at Heriot-Watt university by introducing you to the academic culture and self-directed study style you'll need at Heriot-Watt University. Workshops focus on understanding the academic culture of the university and expectations of your lecturers, and developing your Academic English language and study skills, so that you can confidently engage with the reading, writing and research tasks you will undertake in your chosen field of study.

Who is the Introductory Academic Programme aimed at?

The HWIAP is open to international students at all levels at each of the university's five campuses. Through attending the workshops you will better understand the academic culture of the institution and the skills and behaviours you will be expected to demonstrate in your classes.

Sessions will cover a range of topics including:

  • critical thinking and reflection
  • critically evaluating academic sources
  • university research
  • academic reading
  • editing and proofreading
  • referencing and citation

Key information

Academic English