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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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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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.

Through English for Academic Purposes (EAP), you improve your English vocabulary and grammar. You also develop academic, study, research and computer skills. You work on college and university-level assignments, including:

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

Choose NSCC

  • There are no tuition costs for this program
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty with years of experience
  • Free access to many supports and services, such as advising and counselling
  • We keep class sizes small to create a collaborative and supportive environment where you get plenty of one-on-one attention

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).

2022-23 programs

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

January 2022

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 Academic 5.5-6.0
      • CLBA 6/6/6/6 (i.e., completed LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers 6 or Community Language F)


2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

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 and 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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