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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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Program Code: 09371
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January, May, September
Program Length: 8 weeks per level
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Humber’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) certificate program is an intensive, full-time academic pathway program. The program integrates receptive (listening/reading) and productive (speaking/writing) skills together with interaction (including online interaction) and mediation language activities and strategies with the focus on communicative academic English. You will benefit from innovative language study skills and accessible individual tutoring support. The curriculum is geared toward non-native speakers of English who want to improve their language competence and fluency in writing, communication and critical thinking skills for entry into most college diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs or for further professional development.  

The program consists of:  

  • eight levels that each run for seven weeks. The length of study will be based on the assigned entry level which is determined by the English proficiency test results. For placement level information, visit here
  • 20 hours per week of in-class and online instruction (blended learning)
  • additional hours every week completing computer assisted language learning (CALL) activities including additional reading activities, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and digital literacy skills under the guidance of a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certified lab co-ordinator 

Our faculty are dedicated professionals who have been teaching, publishing, and working in the English as a Second Language ESL/EAP field for many years. They all hold graduate credentials including solid training in ESL/EAP teaching.  

Improving your language skills in the EAP program has the additional benefit of allowing you to become familiar with Humber faculty, staff, administration and campus life. Our college community guides your transition into your future academic study at Humber.  

Our advisory committee provides regular review of and input into our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the forefront of post-secondary and industry developments.  

Students in EAP Levels 7 and 8 may have the option to take these levels fully online dependent on enrollment and availability.

Admission to Humber Through EAP

Completion of EAP level 8 meets the language proficiency requirements for admission to most Humber programs. For students completing level 8 with no failed courses and with the appropriate grades (see below), no further IELTS or TOEFL testing is required.

Steps to Starting Your EAP Program

Step 1. Receive LOA & Confirm Your Spot

Upon receiving your Letter of Acceptance (LOA), you need to confirm your offer on MyHumber.ca (International students) or OCAS (Domestic students).

Step 2. Pay Your Tuition Fees

Once you’ve confirmed your offer, you need to pay the full tuition by due date specified on your LOA.

Step 3. Inform Your Status: Inside vs Outside Canada

International students and Convention refugees in Canada: upload your status document or study permit (instructions on MyHumber.ca). If you are outside Canada: fill out our Decision Form.

Step 4. Upload Photo and Personal Information on MyHumber

You need to upload your photo and contact information to your MyHumber account.

*Humber staff will register you in the EAP program

Online EAP Placement Testing

Note to EAP Applicants

You have two options for pre-placement to your EAP level:

  1. Submit your IELTS, TOEFL, PET, or CAEL result to Humber. We use your score to place you in an appropriate EAP level
  2. Take the online Duolingo placement test to assess your English proficiency level and to place you at the appropriate level within our English for Academic Purposes program 

Please have your test results sent to Humber. Once we receive your test results your offer letter will be issued.

For instructions on how to send your Duolingo results, go here.

Please carefully read the communications from Humber Admissions about the tests you can take and the link to take them.

Important dates for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Intake Date Virtual Orientation
10 - 11 am
Details will be sent to students in advance
Classes Start Classes End
September Intake Friday, Sept 2, 2022 Tuesday, Sept 6, 2022 Friday, October 21, 2022
November Intake Friday, October 28, 2022 Monday, October 31, 2022 Friday, December 16, 2022
January Intake Friday, January 6, 2023 Monday, January 9, 2023 Friday, February 24, 2023
March Intake Friday, March 3, 2023 Monday, March 6, 2023 Friday, April 21, 2023
May Intake Friday, April 28, 2023 Monday, May 1, 2023 Friday, June 16, 2023
June Intake Friday, June 23, 2023 Monday, June 26, 2023 Friday, August 11, 2023

Important dates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Intake Date Virtual Orientation
10 - 11 am
Details will be sent to students in advance
Classes Start Classes End Check Grade and Progress to the Next Level
September Intake Friday, Sept 1, 2023 Tuesday, Sept 5, 2023 Friday, October 20, 2023 Wednesday, October 25, 2023
November Intake Friday, October 27, 2023 Monday, October 30, 2023 Friday, December 15, 2023 Wednesday, December 20, 2023
January Intake Friday, January 5, 2024 Monday, January 8, 2024 Friday, February 23, 2024 Wednesday, February 28, 2024
March Intake Friday, March 1, 2024 Monday, March 4, 2024 Friday, April 19, 2024 Wednesday, April 24, 2024
May Intake Friday, May 3, 2024 Monday, May 6, 2024 Friday, June 21, 2024 Wednesday, June 26, 2024
June Intake Friday, June 28, 2024 Tuesday, July 2, 2024 Friday, August 16, 2024 Wednesday, August 21, 2024

EAP Levels

If English is not your first language, you may need to prove your English level before starting your Humber program. If you do not have an IELTS or TOEFL score, you can review our EAP level descriptors’ guide to start thinking about your English before you come to study. This interactive document will help you to reflect on your language learning by checking your progress in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as you complete each level of EAP.  

EAP Pathways

  • Level 8 completion with 60% GPA - Humber diploma programs
  • Level 8 completion with 75% GPA - Humber degree programs
  • Level 8 completion with 80% GPA - Humber postgraduate programs

International students enrolled in EAP may receive conditional offers of admission to most Humber programs.

Humber recognizes completed and passed EAP levels as well as your graduation GPA from EAP Level 8 for a maximum of two (2) years after completion of the course/program. If you reapply after this time you need to retake the EAP placement test.

Please click here for details on EAP placement compared to popular international English assessments.

Your Career

By 2030, half the world’s population is expected to speak English. Prepare now for your future by developing the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in post-secondary and postgraduate studies, and to give you a competitive edge in your professional field.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Languages Canada

The program is recognized by Languages Canada as an accredited program, meeting the requirements of the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Standard.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
START DELIVERY LOCATION STATUS
Sep 2024 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
Jan 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
May 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
START DELIVERY LOCATION STATUS
Sep 2024 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
Jan 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
May 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Opening Soon

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for September 2024 start could be eligible for an automatic scholarship*. Apply now

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
START DELIVERY LOCATION STATUS
Sep 2024 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
Jan 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Open
May 2025 Block-Based Lakeshore Opening Soon

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Humber English Language Centre (ELC)
elc@humber.ca

Campus Information

Book a campus tour to take a closer look at what it's like to be a student at Humber.

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

View Instructions 

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

Visit OYAP 

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following requirement:

  • Academic

    • As a program geared towards providing students with the necessary academic English skills to succeed in furthering their studies at Humber and abroad, all students who apply to the EAP program must provide an English Language Placement test result from an approved list in order to determine the starting level of study. The list of approved English Language Placement tests can be found here
    • Domestic applicants who are under the age of 19 must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • It is recommended that students have a minimum high-beginner level of English knowledge
    •  

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Student Visa

Applicants requiring student visas should plan for a minimum of six months lead time before classes begin.

Equipment & Device Requirements

All Semesters

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Intel i5 Intel i7 (Quad 4 or higher)
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 8GB of RAM Expandable to 16 GB
Storage 250 GB storage space Solid State Drive (SSD) preferable
Monitor Minimum 13 inch screen 15 inch screen
Other USB3 ports, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac Built-in Ethernet port and a USBc port

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Humber English Language Centre (ELC)
elc@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $60 - textbooks (for one semester).

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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