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Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ryerson University is a culturally diverse campus that offers support to help international students adjust to a new city, a new country, and to university life in general. Whether you need assistance with writing an essay or you are trying to get involved with the Ryerson community, a number of services are available to make your time at Ryerson successful.

Resources and Services

As a new international student in the Faculty of Arts, whether on exchange or starting an undergraduate or graduate degree program, you should first contact Ryerson's International Student Services (ISS). ISS supports all international students and provides services and programs to assist you throughout your time at Ryerson. At the start of each school year, ISS hosts a series of orientation events for new international students. By participating in these events, you will receive essential information on topics such as immigration regulations and health insurance requirements. You will also learn about specialized events and workshops taking place throughout the year and have the opportunity to meet your fellow international students. For more information, please visit the International Student Services website. 

Ryerson offers a wide variety of English language resources for all students. These include degree credit courses offered through the Faculty of Arts' Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, non-degree credit courses offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and free individual and group support sessions offered by the Writing Centre and English Language Support Group in Student Services. Many resources are offered online.

Native English speakers can receive help and feedback on their assignments they are working on by booking an appointment in the Writing Centre. If students do not wish a writing course to be calculated into their GPA, they can take a non-degree credit writing course through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

The Ryerson University ESL Foundation Program for International Students  

The Ryerson University ESL Foundation Program for International Students welcomes applicants who are academically qualified to apply for admission to a Ryerson undergraduate university degree program but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements. The Ryerson University ESL Foundation Program is offered through The Faculty of Arts' Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, in partnership with Ryerson's Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment and the Chang School.

The Ryerson University ESL Foundation Program provides high-quality ESL programming that allows international students to study at the university level and improve their language skills. Programming is customized to meet their needs, and includes academic advising services and cultural immersion activities. Students who complete the program can move on to Ryerson degree programs with university course credit and a strong foundation for academic success.

"We are very excited about the new ESL program,” said Jean-Paul Boudreau, dean, Faculty of Arts. “Putting the accent on English language literacy is vital in a city like Toronto, which is a hub for vibrant international relations. We look forward to welcoming students from many different countries."

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