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About

The Real Institute is Ryerson’s English as an Additional Language Institute. We are a leader in high-quality English education, developing intensive ESL programs for learners from different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. 

The ESL Foundation Program is our core purpose, providing students with proven methods of enhancing their English skills, as well as a direct pathway to admission into Ryerson’s undergraduate programs.

The Real Institute is an integral part of Ryerson University, with extensive connections to academic programs and university services. We are pleased to offer:

  • Comprehensive English programming for academic, professional, and social contexts.
  • Exceptional instructors with distinguished ESL qualifications and 5+ years of experience.
  • Small class sizes to provide more individual support to students.
  • Opportunities for cultural learning and personal support through a peer-mentoring system.
  • Extra-curricular social activities in Canada’s most multicultural, vibrant city—including visits to popular attractions and Major League sports games.

Our brand-new facility is located in downtown Toronto, within a 5-minute walk to major transit lines. It has been specially designed with innovative classrooms and open-concept student spaces, to build motivation and a strong sense of community.

“Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education.” - QS University Rankings

Take a virtual tour of the Real Institute to experience our award-winning facilities, opens in new window. It includes 22 classrooms, a quiet space, an auditorium, a student lounge with kitchen facilities, and direct access to a subway station and shopping mall.