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English language studies

Why study English language at Georgian?

At Georgian, flexible English language learning is our priority. Discover Georgian’s wide selection of English language learning, including our full-time and part-time study options, as well as English for Specific Purposes programming.

Digital innovation and flexible learning opportunities help our students succeed in higher education, work and life in Canada. Our English language programming combines intensive study with social and cultural activities, as well as fast and efficient progression.

Full-time English for Academic Purposes program

Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program provides you with the skills you need for success in higher education, work and life in Canada.

The EAP program focuses on building English language skills, as well as preparing students to study in a postsecondary program. Each level in the program is comprised of three core courses – Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation, Reading and Vocabulary and Writing and Grammar – and one elective course, which varies from semester to semester).

The EAP program is an eight-level, intensive full-time program. The levels are split into non-credit and credit programming.

General English as a Second Language (ESLG)

Levels 1 to 4: Non-credit programming

This program helps you prepare for success in general English. You will participate in introductory level English language courses in the skill areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and vocabulary, while also focusing on essential skills for success. Language learning is facilitated through classroom and technology-assisted learning, and an exploration of Canadian and intercultural contexts through everyday situations. You will learn through group work, discussions, and experiential learning outside the classroom.

View ESLG program outline for more information and admission requirements.

General Arts and Science Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (EAPC)

Levels 5 to 8: Credit programming

This program helps you learn or improve your English, and prepares you for postsecondary study and future employment. You will develop English proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and vocabulary, while also focusing on essential skills for success and communication in various academic and professional contexts. Language learning is facilitated through interactive activities, discussions, use of multimedia materials, in-class instruction and experiential learning outside the classroom, as well as an exploration of personal, abstract and global topics.

Visit the EAPC program page for more information and admission requirements.

Students who successfully complete level 7 and level 8 are eligible to receive a General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes Ontario college certificate.

To graduate from the EAP program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each level and to graduate is 60 per cent. Additionally, you must attain a minimum of 50 per cent or a letter grade of P (pass) or S (satisfactory) in each course in each session.

Upon completion of levels 7 and 8, you may enter directly into a diploma program. For students completing level 8 only, the passing mark is 70 per cent (diploma program). Some programs (i.e., degrees) require a higher average.

Visit the admissions webpage for more information related to English language proficiency.

Virtual information session

Do you want to know about studying English at Georgian?

Learn more about English language studies at one of our upcoming virtual information sessions!

Check out our upcoming session schedule and RSVP.

How Georgian’s English levels work

All incoming students will be required to take Georgian’s English for Academic Purposes placement test to determine the appropriate level of study.

Students may also submit results from the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC; only public tests will be accepted), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be used to determine placement.

English language levelsGeorgian levelsIELTS AcademicTOEFL iBTTOEICEuropean Framework
Completion Level 86.0+79+800+C1
Upper intermediate7*5.5*50-61650-724B2
High Intermediate6*5.0+*40-49575-649B2-
Low intermediate4*4.5*26-30400-499B1
* This chart uses estimated levels only. Please review the ESLG program outline and EAPC program page for minimum scores required for direct entry to the EAP program. We reserve the right to test students if there are any discrepancies in their placement.

Tuition and fees for ESLG and EAPC programming


Tuition fees fluctuate from semester to semester, as they are set by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The cost for each ESLG/EAPC session (one academic semester consists of two sessions) is outlined below:

  • Approximately $1,300 for domestic students per session
  • Approximately $3,000 for international students per session

Textbooks and other supplies

  • Approximately $150 to $250 per session

*Please note, all fees are in Canadian dollars. Fees are approximate and are subject to change. Please refer to the tuition and ancillary fees page for the most current information.

Important dates for ESLG and EAPC programming

Fall 2023

SemesterEAP fall 2023: Part A
(seven weeks)
EAP fall 2023: Part B
(seven weeks)
OrientationWednesday, Aug. 30Wednesday, Oct. 25
Start dateTuesday, Sept. 5Monday, Oct. 30
Add/dropMonday, Sept. 11Friday, Nov. 3
End dateFriday, Oct. 20Friday, Dec. 15

Winter 2024

SemesterEAP winter 2024: Part A
(seven weeks)
EAP winter 2024: Part B
(seven weeks)
OrientationWednesday, Jan. 3, 2024Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024
Start dateMonday, Jan. 8, 2024Monday, March 4, 2024
Add/dropFriday, Jan. 12, 2024Friday, March 8, 2024
End dateFriday, Feb. 23, 2024Friday, April 19, 2024

About orientation

Orientation is an important part of your student experience. There is a mandatory orientation for all new ESLG and EAPC students at Georgian.

*Note: You will need your student login to participate.

  • Full-time students who have confirmed an offer to a Georgian program: You will have received a confirmation letter or letter of acceptance identifying the login and default password for all student systems.
  • If you have forgotten your login or password, reset your password using the password management service or contact IT Support.
Three students sitting on a couch looking through a Georgian College viewbook together
Kefah Alnasani
Do not give up; go through to the end. Perhaps you will have difficult times and challenges, but you have a wonderful team of teachers and administrators at Georgian who offer you support and encouragement. You will learn many skills, develop your language, and discover new skills you have. You will have a great start to complete your academic study after completing EAP.Kefah Alnasani (completed level 8)

Part-time ESL courses

Part-time English language courses are designed for individuals wishing to improve their English.

Part-time courses include the same quality curriculum with more flexibility. Learners can study at their own pace. Registration for these courses is done through the Continuing Education website. Follow these steps to register.

Available courses

Pre-Intermediate ESL

  • Course code: ESLG 0001
  • Recommended level of ability: CLB 4-5; IELTS 4.0-4.5; EAP L4-5

Intermediate ESL

  • Course code: ESLG 0002
  • Recommended level of ability: CLB 5-6; IELTS 5.0; EAP L6

Upper Intermediate ESL

  • Course code: ESLG 0003
  • Recommended level of ability: CLB 6; IELTS 5.5; EAP L7

Advanced ESL

  • Course code: ESLG 0004
  • Recommended level of ability: CLB 7-8; IELTS 6; EAP L8/L8+

IELTS Preparation

  • Course code: LANS 0047
  • About this course: This is an exam preparation course for those wishing to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam in either the Academic or General versions.

Short-term English for Specific Purposes training

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) training is customized student-centred training for organizations seeking to build English language competencies in their workforce.

These programs are not available to the general public; they are developed with an organization’s specific needs in mind.

Available training

English language studies at Georgian offers the following ESP training:

  • English for Health-care Workers
  • English for ESL Teachers
  • English for Hospitality
  • Business English
  • English for Military Officers
  • English for Marine Navigation
  • English for Marine and Port Management
  • English for Computer Sciences 2.0
Students sitting at a table looking through a textbook together

In addition to student training, our team can expertly design an English language curriculum tailored to the unique needs of industry sectors or workplaces. We are happy to meet with designated company or organizational leads to gain a thorough understanding of development needs and goals, and design a tailor-made program.

Our certified language training faculty are fluent in English and have extensive experience helping students reach their language learning goals. Whether preparing students for academic success through English language studies or helping students to improve their workplace communication skills, our intensive English programming assures success.

Our ESP framework meets the language needs of professions by focusing on sector-specific vocabulary and professional communication mediums. The curriculum is flexible, authentic and provides students with the opportunity to apply learning to real-life situations. Custom training programs are aligned with the development of language proficiencies in core skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students in our custom programs further develop their professional competencies with academic coursework in their industry.

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Corinne Whitney
Manager, English for Academic Purposes
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