George Brown College’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a post-secondary program that helps international students learn English, and helps prepare them for post-secondary study and future employment. Students come from around the world to study English in our supportive environment. The EAP program provides immigrant and international students exciting student life opportunities through co- and extra-curricular events and workshops. Learn more at

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Program name
General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes
3 semesters Levels 1-9 depending on initial placement test
Starting month
September, October, January, March, May, July
Ontario College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
This program is currently only available to international students.
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 Open

Full Description

George Brown College’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a post-secondary program that helps international students learn English. Students come from around the world to learn in our supportive environment. Students learn listening, speaking, reading and writing, vocabulary and grammar in integrated classes at each level. Certified teachers use a wide range of interactive teaching resources in state-of-the-art classrooms. A unique feature of this program is that new immigrants and international students participate together in classes and student life activities.

At the start of Level 7 or Level 8, students may choose*:

  • to continue in the regular English for Academic Purposes program, or
  • to pursue Level 7 or Level 8 English for Business Studies, or
  • to pursue Level 7 or Level 8 English for Hospitality Studies

*Space is limited and students are not guaranteed their first choice of streams.

In Levels 7 and 8, students can also choose to enroll in a General Education or Communication (L8 only) credit course. These courses give students the opportunity to practice English (four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking) outside the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, develop critical thinking abilities, and learn what it is like to be in a college program course.

Note: After completion of Level 8, there is also a Level 9 course to develop the higher language skills required for degree and postgraduate programs at college or university.

Students in English for Academic Purposes class


There are nine levels from beginner to advanced. Each 16-week semester includes two levels. Students begin at the level determined by their placement test. Classes are held Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students may be scheduled into a morning class (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or afternoon class (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and not both. By registering, students are expected to attend the schedule they are assigned.


An Ontario College Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of Level 8.

Students who complete Level 8 are exempt from the English admissions test required for most post-secondary programs at George Brown College and many other Ontario colleges. Students who complete Level 9 are deemed to have met the English admission requirements for some George Brown College degree programs and graduate certificate programs with co-op or field education placements.

Please note: Mandatory admission testing, which includes English, is required for some programs. Check program requirements.

Part Time Study Options

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are available in the evenings. Courses include IELTS test preparation, writing skills, business English, and others. Please see for details.

The college is an IELTS test centre. For more information please contact or visit

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate competently at a level required for postsecondary studies, showing flexibility and clarity of thought and expression.
  2. Communicate competently and flexibly, in order to interact culturally appropriately, in a variety of workplace, post-secondary, and/or societal environments.
  3. Conduct research and write essays/papers/reports according to academic conventions at a level required by colleges, universities, and/or the workplace.
  4. Develop thorough general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, and insight into both self and society.
  5. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  6. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  7. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  8. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences or Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

Required Courses

To determine which level each student will start the program in, students either take a level placement test at George Brown, or submit an official, valid IELTS or TOEFL Test Report Form at time of admission. Students taking the George Brown placement test will be notified of the test date and time by the International Centre. Students should bring their registration receipt to the placement test. Check the Key Dates for the placement test.

Each level is taught over the span of 8 weeks. Students who enroll in a full semester would be capable of completing two levels per semester.

  • ESL1131 English for Academic Purposes 1
  • ESL1132 English for Academic Purposes 2
  • ESL1133 English for Academic Purposes 3
  • ESL1134 English for Academic Purposes 4
  • ESL1135 English for Academic Purposes 5
  • ESL1136 English for Academic Purposes 6
  • ESL1137 English for Academic Purposes 7
  • ESL1138 English for Academic Purposes 8
  • ESL1139 English for Academic Purposes 9

Detailed course outlines

Articulation Agreement

Students who successfully complete EAP Level 8 at George Brown College are considered to meet the English language requirements for admission to diploma programs at 14 other Ontario colleges. Please contact the School of ESL for more information.

Educational/Degree Pathway

Completion of Level 8 meets the English language requirement for most professional programs at George Brown College.

There is also a Level 9 course to assist students in preparation for the study, research and essay writing skills required for degree programs. Students who complete Level 9 are deemed to have met the English admission requirements for some George Brown College degree programs and graduate certificate programs with co-op or field education placements.

Please note: Mandatory admission testing, which includes English, is required for some programs. Check program requirements.


$3,194.00 * †

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the fees for one level starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Additional Cost

ID – $12.00 one time charge

Alumni – $29.57 one time charge

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a valid passport
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the start of classes and complete a placement test.

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Placement Test

Once students have registered, they must take a placement test to determine their level of English proficiency before beginning the ESL program. A test time will be supplied upon registration.

Check the Key Dates for the Placement Test.

Placement may also be requested at the time of admission based on a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Success Stories

The School of English as a Second Language is an exciting place to study. Watch the video below to hear from some of our students and graduates.

Wei Zhang

"Some of my best memories are of my time studying at George Brown College. From the faculty to the learning environment, my time there was more than I could ever have expected. George Brown taught me that I could succeed as a student, a contributor and a professional. The knowledge and skills I learned will last me a lifetime."

Wei Zhang (Graduate 2011, ESL Level 8; Graduate 2012, International Business Management)

Customer Service Executive, KVB Kunlun Canada Inc.

Contact Us

Call the International Centre at 416-415-5000, ext. 2115 or Entry Advising Services.

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Fax: 416-415-2120

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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