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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Who are these courses designed for?

  • Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate at Dalhousie or any English-speaking university
  • Students who have been conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie academic program but do not meet English language requirements
  • Any advanced English student who wishes to improve their English

Students do not have to be conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie academic program to take Dalhousie’s EAP courses.

General course information

There are 3 levels of EAP courses: EAP Foundations, EAP Level 1, and EAP Level 2.

EAP Foundations (360 hours)

4.0-4.5 IELTS or equivalent required with no score below 3.5
41-60 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
Sept. 12 – Dec. 9, 2016
Jan. 9 – April 7, 2017
April 17  – July 7, 2017

EAP Level 1 (360 hours)

5.0-5.5 IELTS or equivalent required with no score below 4.5
61-79 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
Sept. 12 – Dec. 9, 2016
Jan. 9 – April 7, 2017
April 17  – July 7, 2017

EAP Level 2 (360 hours)

6.0 IELTS with no score below 5.5 or equivalent required
80 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required
+optional Bridging Program (details below)


Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday
Dates:
July 11 – Sept. 30, 2016
Sept. 12 – Dec. 9, 2016
Jan. 9 – April 7, 2017
April 17  – July 7, 2017
June 12 – Sept. 1, 2017
July 10 – Sept. 22, 2017
Summer Special Courses  

EAP Foundations Summer Special Course (240 hours)

4.5-5.0 IELTS or equivalent required with no score below 4.0
51-60 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $3000
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
July 11 – Sept. 2, 2016
July 10 – Sept. 1, 2017

EAP Level 1 Summer Special Course (240 hours)

5.5 IELTS or equivalent required with no score below 5
71-79 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $3000
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
July 11 – Sept. 2, 2016
July 10 – Sept. 1, 2017
 

 

EAP Level 2 Academic Connections Program  (360 hours)

6.0 IELTS with no score below 5.5 or equivalent required
80 TOEFL IBT or equivalent required

Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500

 


Format:

  • July 11 – Sept 2, 2016: EAP 2 classes intensive M-F, 8:30-3:30 AND
  • Sept 6 – Dec. 6, 2016: EAP 2 : 9h/week + up to 4 academic credit courses

Click here to read more about the Academic Connections Program.

 

Dates:
July 11 – December 6, 2016

 

Coming from another school in Halifax?

Please enquire at esl@dal.ca about our class placement equivalents.

Applicants from East Coast School of Languages (ECSL)

Applicants to Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies who successfully complete ECSL UAP 500 with 80% or above can enter EAP Level 2 without taking an EAP Placement test.  

Applicants from The Language Centre, St. Mary’s University (SMU TLC)

Applicants to Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies who successfully complete SMU TLC Level 6 can enter EAP Level 2 without taking an EAP Placement test.  

For all other English Language Institutes as well as all other ECSL and SMU TLC levels, students wishing to transfer into Dalhousie ESL will be required to take the EAP Placement Test or submit a recent IELTS or TOEFL IBT test report. Applicants may still be required to take the EAP Placement Test, if warranted.

 

Course descriptions

The EAP courses consist of 30 hours a week of classroom instruction.
The course program includes outings to lectures, museums and cultural events.

Learn how to:

  • Write academic texts, including research essays and reports
  • Carry out research using the Dalhousie library and digital resources 
  • Apply strategies for more effective reading of academic texts
  • Better understand and take notes in university lectures
  • Prepare and deliver academic oral presentations 
  • Participate in university seminars and tutorials 
  • Develop advanced grammar and vocabulary skills

EAP 2 Bridging Program

While a student is enrolled in EAP 2, they are permitted to enroll as a special student at Dalhousie University and take one undergraduate credit course at the same time. The credit course must take place outside of EAP 2 class hours. For more information or to enroll in the EAP 2 briding program option, please send a message to esl@dal.ca and/or indicate this option when registering for EAP 2.

Course Materials

Course texts are included in the fee. They include course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.

Placement Test

All students must be placed at an appropriate level before starting any program. Recent official results from a recognized English language placement test can be used for placement in classes. See Placement Tests for more information.