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Ryerson University and the Real Institute are dedicated to the health and well-being of our academic community. To continue supporting our students' learning goals during COVID-19 closures, the Real Institute's ESL Foundation Program has established a virtual delivery platform for our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.

The Real Institute is committed to preparing students to begin their undergraduate degrees at Ryerson in Fall 2021. We will be maintaining our high-quality programming through interactive live streaming, one-on-one instructor support, and virtual office hours. Our focus continues to be providing complete student engagement, offering virtual orientation and peer support sessions for all ESL Foundation Program students.

We will continue to do our best for Real Institute students during these times, and look forward to serving your needs as Ryerson’s English as an Additional Language Institute.


Welcome to the Real Institute


We are a leader in high-quality English education for international learners from different backgrounds and levels of proficiency.

The ESL Foundation Program is our core purpose at the Real Institute. Developed by exceptional ESL instructors, it has helped hundreds of international students to rapidly improve their English language proficiency.

The Real Institute provides a robust starting point for ESL students to achieve academic and personal success, offering a direct pathway to admission into Ryerson University’s undergraduate programs through our ESL Foundation Program. 

We invite you to join us on Ryerson campus, located in downtown Toronto—Canada’s most multicultural, vibrant city!

"The ESL foundation program is where you meet diverse people, discover the multicultural city of Toronto, and become fully prepared to start an undergraduate program at Ryerson"

Tasneem Almutawakel, International Peer Supporter