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ESL Foundation Program

ESL Foundation Program

The ESL Foundation Program teaches in-depth English proficiency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

The ESL Foundation Program is designed for students who are academically qualified, but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements to study at Ryerson.

After successful completion of the ESL Foundation Program, students will start in the Ryerson undergraduate degree of their choice.

Our instructors will inspire you to work hard and accomplish your educational goals, rewarding students who aim high. If you achieve early progress in the ESL Foundation Program, you can earn up to two university credits prior to starting your undergraduate studies.

Program dates:

Fall term: September to December

Winter term: January to April

Spring/Summer term: May to August

Is this program for me?

ESL Foundation Program Overview

At the Real Institute, there are three options for students in the ESL Foundation Program:

Program

ESL Foundation Program I ESL Foundation Program II ESL Foundation Program III

Duration

Two terms (one term of ESL at the Real Institute and one at Ryerson’s Chang School)

Two terms of ESL at the Real Institute Three terms of ESL at the Real Institute

Entry Options

Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer term

Fall or Winter term

Fall or Winter term

Credits Earned

Up to four university courses

Up to three university courses

Up to three university courses

Curriculum

The ESL Foundation Program at the Real Institute has been designed to enhance students’ ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while building academic skills. Students will be enrolled in a specific program stream, depending on their level of English proficiency.

Each program stream (1-3) uses a modular approach to explore the English language. Each course is taught through theme-based modules, including Marketing, New Media, Sustainability, Global Affairs, and Creative Identities.

Program Includes

  • 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
  • Engaging extra-curricular activities and programming led by International Peer Supporters

Academic Requirements / English Proficiency

To be eligible for the Real Institute's ESL Foundation Program consideration, you must be academically qualified and competitive for admission to the undergraduate degree program you wish to pursue. Please visit the Ryerson Undergraduate Admissions page for detailed information, by program. 

Program

ESL Foundation Program I ESL Foundation Program II ESL Foundation Program III

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

60

N/A 

50

  Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by the testing service.

Cambridge Assessment English

169-179 on B2 First

162-168 on B2 First

154-161 on B1 Preliminary

  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

90-99

80-89

  Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by Duolingo.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0

5.5

5.0

  Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by the test centre.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

N/A

N/A

50

  Official results must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions directly by Pearson. 
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

79

69

64

 

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.

Accommodations

Ryerson offers a number of residence options for students on and near campus. For further information, please visit the Ryerson Housing and Residence Life page.

For more information about applying to the ESL Foundation Program, please click below.               

 

To schedule a virtual meeting with us to learn more about the ESL Foundation Program, please click below.                 

Transfer, Deferral, Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Click PDF filehere to view more information about the transfer, deferral, cancellation, withdrawal and refund policy for the ESL Foundation Program.