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Pre-English Boost

Pre-ESL Foundation Program

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

If you fall short of qualifying for the ESL Foundation Program, this course is for you

Your English skills are good, but you need a boost to meet the ESL Foundation Program language requirements. This eight-week intensive course will help you improve your English proficiency in order to start the ESL Foundation Program. This course is offered immediately before the ESL Foundation Program, so you can take them consecutively.

Course Details

As part of this eight-week intensive course, you will participate in 20 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.

Program dates


Orientation Start
Summer 2022

June 29, 2022

July 4, 2022

August 26, 2022

Fall 2022

October 19, 2022

October 24, 2022

December 16, 2022

Is this program for me?


Successful completion of the Pre-ESL Foundation Program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement for ESL Foundation Program, which upon successful completion, will satisfy entry requirements to Ryerson.


The total fee for the Pre-ESL Foundation Program is $4,599.00 CAD.

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.
  • Extra-curricular activities and programming led by International Peer Supporters.
  • Emergency healthcare coverage through PDF 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

Academic Requirements / English Proficiency

To be eligible for the Pre-ESL Foundation Program, 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. 


Pre-ESL Foundation Program

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)


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

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)


  Use the “Send Your Results” function of the Candidate Results portal to send your results to Ryerson (, external link). 
Duolingo English Test


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

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


  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) iBT



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 the Pre-ESL Foundation Program, please submit the registration form below.

To schedule a virtual meeting with us to learn more about the Pre-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 Pre-ESL Foundation Program.

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