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English as a Second Language

Study English at Dalhousie University

If you need to improve your English before becoming a Dalhousie student, Dalhousie University is the best place to take your English as a second language (ESL) classes.

Preparing you for success

Our ESL programs help you develop the English skills you need to be successful at Dalhousie. When you study with us, you will:

  • write better essays and reports to get better marks
  • improve your presentation skills
  • understand your professors and classmates
  • learn how to do university-level research at Dal’s libraries
  • experience what life is like as a university student in Canada

No more IELTS or TOEFL exams

When you complete an ESL program at Dalhousie, you may be able to enter your bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate program at Dalhousie without having to re-write an exam like the IELTS or TOEFL.

What are you waiting for?

Gain the language skills you need to succeed at university through Dalhousie’s ESL programs. Find out which ESL program is right for you.