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2021-22 program delivery

To ensure we can safely offer the high-quality learning you expect, we’ve changed how some programs will be delivered. Please visit the “locations & availability” tab to view current program delivery.

English for Academic Purposes

Enhance your English language skills to prepare for your college and university studies.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Certificate of Completion

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Prepare for college or university in Canada by learning and practising English for academic purposes. Improve your English vocabulary and grammar while you develop academic, study, research and computer skills. You work on college and university-level assignments like:

  • Research essays
  • Presentations
  • Literature reviews
  • Annotated bibliographies using APA or MLA citation styles
  • Reflective journals
  • Project reports

Choose NSCC

  • Learn in small classes. We keep the class size small to create a collaborative and supportive environment where you receive one-on-one attention from faculty.
  • This program helps you prepare for a college or university program providing academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills to Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) level 8, in all skill areas.

Other info

  • Subject to seat availability, you may be able to start the program in September, January or March.
  • The length of the program varies, depending on your pace. Some students have completed the program in one term (three months), while others need six terms (two years).
  • Students who wish to attend other institutions must comply with the language requirements of those individual schools, as each university or college may have different English language requirements.
  • Financial support for EAP is provided by Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and federal grant options.
  • ESL Programs – Students who do not meet the English language proficiency required for this program should consider alternate English programs offered by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.


There is an additional offering for this program starting in September 2021 (applications will be accepted starting in January 2021).

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • The program is available to immigrant students with the following statuses: permanent resident, refugee with protected person status, Canadian citizen born outside Canada or individuals with a Canadian work permit who have applied for permanent residency. You must have:
  • Proof of immigration status (copy of permanent resident/refugee/citizenship status).
  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent. Intentions and a plan to pursue post-secondary studies in Canada. Applicants are required to write a brief goal statement (DOC 35KB) that explains why you wish to enter the English for Academic Purposes program. Please include the name of the post-secondary program you wish to attend and the program/degree in which you hope to study.
  • Proof of current English language proficiency, either by means of:
    • TOEFL (CBT) score 173 or above or (iBT) score 65 or above CanTEST 3.5-4.0
    • IELTS 5.5-6.0
    • CLBA 6/6/6/6 (i.e., completed LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers 6 or Community Language F)


Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):

Tuition, fees and program costs

There is no tuition cost for this program. However, there are costs for the required textbooks, U-Pass (metro students only), Student Health and Dental Benefits and Student Association Membership. EAP students can opt-out of the Student Health & Dental Plan if they already have equivalent coverage.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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