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ESL Foundation Program

ESL Foundation Program

The Real Institute is back on campus and online for the Fall 2021 term.

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 December

Is this program for me?

ESL Foundation Program Overview

If you don’t yet meet the minimum English Language Requirements for admission into the Ryerson undergraduate program of your choice, our ESL Foundation Program is for you. 

Enrolling in our ESL Foundation Program can help you:

  • Improve your English proficiency up to Canadian university levels
  • Get a conditional admission offer to the undergraduate program of your choice
  • Transition into your undergraduate program with up to 3 credits earned toward your degree

We offer a 4-month program and an 8-month program, depending on your needs. See the table below to see which one is right for you.

Program

ESL Foundation Program (Two terms) ESL Foundation Program (One term)

Duration

8 months

4 months

Entry Options

Fall, Winter, or Summer

Fall, Winter, or Summer

Credits Earned

Up to 3 credit courses

Up to 2 credit courses

*English Language Requirement

IELTS 5.0 or

Duolingo 80-89 or equivalent

IELTS 6.0

or Duolingo 100-114 or equivalent

Delivery Format In-person or Virtual In-person or Virtual
  *Check the Concordance Table here for more information about language requirements.

Program Includes

1) In Class: approximately 25 hours of blended learning in both in-person and virtual formats per week including: 

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) 
  • academic lectures
  • academic tutorials

2) Outside Class: approximately 15 hours of extracurricular activities and student support throughout the program

ESL Foundation Program students have access to Student Experience and Support programs designed to support the unique experience of English language learners transitioning to university. 

 

Session

Program

Duration Orientation Date

First Day of the Program

Last Day of the Program

Winter 2022

ESL Foundation (Two terms)

8 months

January 12, 2022

January 17, 2022

August 26, 2022

 

ESL Foundation (One term)

4 months

January 12, 2022

January 17, 2022

May 6, 2022
Summer 2022

ESL Foundation (Two terms)

8 months

May 4, 2022 May 9, 2022 December 16, 2022
 

ESL Foundation (One term)

4 months

May 4, 2022 May 9, 2022 August 26, 2022
Fall 2022

ESL Foundation (Two terms)

8 months

August 24, 2022 August 29, 2022 May 1, 2023
 

ESL Foundation (One term)

4 months August 24, 2022 August 29, 2022 December 16, 2022

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 (Two terms) ESL Foundation Program (One term)

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

N/A

50 

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

Cambridge Assessment English

154-161 on B1 Preliminary

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

80-89

100-114

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

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

5.0

6.0

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

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

50

N/A

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

64

79

 

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.

2022 ESL Foundation Tuition Fees

  • One Term: Tuition + Material, Ancillary fees + health insurance = $16,900
  • Two Terms: Tuition + Material, Ancillary fees + health insurance = $32,900

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.