English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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

Start Date:
1 Year
Certificate of Accomplishment
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Are you a new Canadian with permanent residency (or applying for permanent residency status with a Canadian work permit), a refugee with protected person status or a new Canadian citizen who needs to update your English language skills to begin or continue post-secondary studies? English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a rigorous and challenging program designed to prepare you for the academic demands of a post-secondary institution. As closely as possible, it reflects the authentic tasks and assignments that students will be required to do when they go on to credit programs in either college or university. This includes activities such as delivering a 15-minute presentation in English, participating in a controversial debate in front of a panel of judges, reading novels and short stories in English and working in a team environment. Previous students have found that this program prepares them for the academic challenges and English language requirements of post-secondary education.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Favourite"The Spring Festival was a good opportunity to learn other countries' culture. It opened my horizons."
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    Why Take It"EAP helped me improve my English and was a solid foundation for my education skills and my career needs too."
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    Wish I Knew"All the projects and presentations that I did in EAP increased my confidence level and made me ready for college."

Admission Requirements

The program is available to immigrant students with the following statuses: permanent resident, refugee with protected person, 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)

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.
  • Tuition & Fees – There is no tuition cost for this program. However, there are costs for the required textbooks, Student Health & Dental Benefits and Student Association Membership. EAP students can opt-out of the Student Health & Dental Plan if they already have equivalent coverage.
  • 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) or the Halifax Regional School Board Adult EAL program.

Next Steps

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