George Brown College’s General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a post-secondary program for newcomers who have permanent resident status, refugee status or Canadian citizenship. This program helps students learn or improve their English, and prepare for post-secondary study and future employment. Students come from around Toronto to study English in our supportive environment. The EAP program provides newcomers 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, January, May
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

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

Full Description

George Brown College's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a post-secondary program that helps 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.

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

  • to continue in the post-secondary stream of the 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 may not receive their first choice stream.

In Levels 7 and 8, students can also choose to enroll in a General Education credit course or a Communication course (L8 only). These courses give students the opportunity to practice English (all four skills) outside the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, develop critical thinking abilities, and preview 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 co-op programs or field education at college or university.

Students in English for Academic Purposes classroom


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 or an official and valid IELTS or TOEFL exam score report at the time of admission. 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 an 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 and weekends. Courses include IELTS test preparation, writing skills, business English and others. Please see for details.

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 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 communicative 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 the time of admission. Students taking the George Brown placement test will be notified by the ESL or Registration office to make an appointment for the test. Please bring proof of permanent resident status, refugee status or Canadian citizenship. Students should also bring their registration receipt to the placement test. Check the Key Dates for the placement test.

Students are expected to complete two courses in each 16-week semester.

semester courses
CodeCourse name
ESL1111English for Academic Purposes 1
ESL1112English for Academic Purposes 2
ESL1113English for Academic Purposes 3
ESL1114English for Academic Purposes 4
ESL1115English for Academic Purposes 5
ESL1116English for Academic Purposes 6
ESL1117English for Academic Purposes 7
ESL1118English for Academic Purposes 8
ESL1119English 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 language 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.



Additional Cost

Total fees for one semester only. September fees are $1,549.63 + $237.37 for health insurance. January fees are $1,549.69 + $162.31 for health insurance. May fees are $1,550.00.

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates. OCAS application fee: $95. Program is OSAP eligible.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (18 years of age and under)
  • Mature Student status*, no OSSD required (*19 years of age and older)
  • Permanent Residents of Canada will need to present legible copies of both sides of their Permanent Resident Cards, or other proof of residency
  • All applicants must complete a placement test and achieve a minimum of Level 1 to be considered for the program

Apply to

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Placement Test

The George Brown level placement test usually takes place the week before classes start. See Key Dates for specific test dates. Students may submit a valid IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL score for level placement instead of taking the test.

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.

Jimmy Nguyen

"George Brown was one of the best roads in my life-map. Through the EAP program I got volunteering experience in the community to support my future career."

Tri Nhan (Jimmy) Nguyen (Graduate 2017, ESL Level 8; Graduate 2019, Special Event Management)

photo of Johanel Rocca, EAP graduate"My experience in the ESL program was wonderful. Although I am a person with hearing loss, this situation did not deter me ​from learning English because I received the full support of my professors and school. George Brown College provides valuable tools to their students to reach their goals. Today I feel privileged to have received a high-quality education."

Johanel Rocca (Graduate 2016, ESL Level 9; Graduate 2018, Culinary Management and Nutrition)

Contact Us

Call the English for Academic Purposes office at 416-415-5000, ext. 4826 or email

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.

Visit Our Campus

This program is offered at our St. James Campus in our SJH building (341 King St. East, Room 317, Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Regular on-campus information sessions are offered. You can also visit our virtual tour.

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