Start your degree at Ryerson with confidence
Your English skills are good, but you need a boost to meet university language requirements. This eight-week intensive program will help you improve your English proficiency in order to start your undergraduate degree program in the fall (some exceptions apply, see exclusions below).
The English Boost program will teach you key elements of the English language to help you succeed at university and life in Canada. There’s a strong focus on reading and writing, but you’ll also learn new skills for listening and speaking by studying examples from popular culture. Upon completion, you’ll be able to understand more complicated language and interpret meaning in most situations.
As a Ryerson student you'll be part of a diverse community and have access to various supports tailored to your needs. Most importantly, you’ll be ready to start your degree at Ryerson with the confidence that your language skills are where they need to be.
As part of this eight-week intensive program, you will participate in 30 hours of classroom activity weekly, and complete reading and writing assignments as homework. In addition, your weekly schedule will include conversation circles, debates and other interactive learning opportunities to improve your ability to communicate effectively in academic and social contexts. Our thematic, state-of-the-art curriculum emphasizes reading and writing, while also helping you build your listening and speaking skills.
Real Institute instructors bring years of experience and are committed to your progression in the program. Our team of peer supporters - many of whom are prior Real Institute students - will be available to help you adjust to Ryerson University and life in Toronto. Our advising staff are ready to support you through the English Boost program and ensure you are ready to begin your undergraduate program in September. You will have ongoing check-ins with academic advisors, and opportunity to meet with your instructors one-on-one to discuss your progress.
July 5, 2021 - August 28, 2021
Is this program for me?
English Boost at the Real Institute has been designed to enhance students' reading and writing ability for university study. This intensive program will also enhance students' listening and speaking skills, and familiarize students with the keys for success at Ryerson as they explore current and topical themes.
Successful completion of the English Boost program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement to study at Ryerson.
The English Boost program is not available to students seeking admission into writing-intensive programs in the Faculty of Arts, including Arts and Contemporary Studies, Criminology, English, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology and Undeclared Arts.
The total fee for the English Boost program is $8,995.00 CAD.
- Textbooks and course materials.
- Ongoing one-on-one academic advising.
- Full access to Ryerson University campus and facilities (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19).
- Access to Ryerson University student supports and services.
- Extra-curricular activities and programming led by International Peer Supporters.
- Emergency healthcare coverage through PDF fileguard.me Canada and Mental Wellness Student Support Program through keep.meSAFE. For more information or to receive a copy of the policy in another language, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for English Boost, you must be academically qualified and competitive for admission to the undergraduate degree program you wish to pursue and have received a conditional offer of admission. Please visit the Ryerson Undergraduate Admissions page for detailed information, by program.
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
60 (no band below 50)
|Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by the testing service.|
Cambridge Assessment English
169-179 on B2 First
|Use the “Send Your Results” function of the Candidate Results portal to send your results to Ryerson (candidates.cambridgeenglish.org, external link).|
|Duolingo English Test||
100-114 (no subscore below 85)
|Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by Duolingo.|
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
6.0 overall (no band below 5.5)
|Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by the test centre.|
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
|Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by Pearson.|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)||
79 (no section lower than 17)
Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by ETS - TOEFL. Ryerson’s institution code is 0886.
Note: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (launched in select countries in March 2020) will be accepted.
More information about accommodations will be available soon.
If you have already received a conditional offer of admission from Ryerson and are ready to enrol in English Boost, please submit the registration form below.
To schedule a virtual meeting with us to learn more about English Boost, please click below.
Transfer, Deferral, Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy
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