The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is designed for student success. In this program, you will develop language, cultural and academic skills that will give you an advantage in your future studies, your career and your life.

This program may be for you if:

  • you want to study English full-time for personal development in an academic setting
  • you plan to enroll at another post-secondary institution (e.g. Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Regina, a regional college in Saskatchewan, etc.) and need to meet the English language proficiency requirement

Planning to enroll in a USask degree program?

Learn about joint admission to an undergraduate program and EAP, or about EAP for graduate students.


The EAP program has four levels, each designed to build on existing skills and teach new language.

Level 1: Intro and Level 2: Intermediate

In these levels, you will build a strong foundation on the English skills you already have.

Level 3: Academic Preparation

In Level 3, you will learn key language skills important for any student:

  • how to read and understand academic articles
  • how to listen to lectures and take notes efficiently
  • how to write essays and exams
  • how to give presentations effectively

Level 4: Academic Success

The final level of the program offers you all the English language skills development you need to transition into any post-secondary pathway you choose. In this level, you will engage in a variety of projects that simulate the expectations of independent study in regular academic classes. You will use authentic academic material to practice and improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Program delivery

The English for Academic Purposes program is offered both in-person and online. Some of our classes are blended, meaning you will study with a mix of students studying at our campus here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and students joining the class online from around the world. 

Classes are always offered at specific times each day so no matter where you are, you can learn together with your instructor and classmates.

Whether you prefer to study from your home or here on campus, our program gives students like you flexibility to arrange your studies and travel plans in a way that works for you.

If you need to switch from online to in-person or from in-person to online, you don't need to worry about delaying your studies. We are here to support you if your circumstances change. Contact us if you would like to talk with us about your plans.

Program features

Our program features unique learning supports designed to support both in-person and online learners.

Student Experience Team

Our team is available to support you when you need it. Our Student Advisor will help you with questions about studies and life at the university.

Connected tutorials

Join your teacher and classmates in scheduled tutorials each week to continue your learning and build connections.

Learning resources

You can access a library of additional resources to guide and support you to learn both online and in-person.


Socialize and engage with interesting people in our community, participate in Friday Student Lounges with students in all levels and join community outreach programs to learn about Canadian culture, campus and city events.

Intakes and deadlines

There are three terms and three intakes to the English for Academic Purposes program each year. Each term is 13 weeks long, and each level can be completed in one 13-week term.

  • Spring term
    May to August, 2023
    Apply by April 30, 2023

  • Fall term
    September to December, 2023
    Apply by July 15, 2023

  • Winter term
    January to April, 2024
    Apply by November 15, 2023

Entry requirements

The requirements to enter each level are as follows:

IELTS (Academic)
International English Language Testing System
including the TOEFL iBT Home Edition
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Duolingo ILAC Pathway Other
Level 1

(minimum 4.0 in all areas)

(minimum 10 in all areas)
65-75 General English Level 9
Level 2
(minimum 4.5 in all areas)
(minimum 12 in all areas)
80-90 Pathway 1.2 Successful completion of Level 1
Level 3
Academic Preparation
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all areas) 70 (minimum 15 in all areas) 95-100 Pathway 2.2 Successful completion of Level 2
Level 4
Academic Success
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all areas) 75 (minimum 17 in all areas) 105 Pathway 3.2 Successful completion of Level 3

Effective for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Please note: Level 1 is not a beginner class. There is an expectation of basic English for placement.

About test scores

Please send or share all of your test scores, regardless of whether you think you will qualify for placement. We will review all test scores for possible placement.

In the event you display English language performance that is significantly different from the test scores you submit, you will be assigned to the course level that aligns with your in-class performance.


The following tuition and fees estimates show a typical amount an international student could expect to pay per term if enrolled in the English for Academic Purposes program. Students in face-to-face classes will be assessed additional student fees, which are used to fund specific student benefits available to on-campus students.

Tuition Student fees Total cost
Level 1
$5,400.00 CAD $196.50–$393 CAD $5,596.50–$5,793 CAD
Level 2
$5,400.00 CAD $196.50–$393 CAD $5,596.50–$5,793 CAD
Level 3
Academic Preparation
$5,400.00 CAD $196.50–$393 CAD $5,596.50–$5,793 CAD
Level 4
Academic Success
$5,400.00 CAD $196.50–$393 CAD $5,596.50–$5,793 CAD

How to apply

Step 1 Register

Create an account

Start your application by creating an account or logging into the application portal at apply.usask.ca

Step 2 Application

Start an application

Choose the application type English for academic purposes (EAP) | EAP with an undergraduate programBe prepared to fill out all of the required information, including:

  • Your name, contact information, and other biographical details
  • Your planned entry term and academic program choice 
    • Under Academic Program, select EAP Only 
Start an application
Step 3 Submit application

Submit your application and application fee

Submit your application as soon as possible. Be mindful of application deadlines.

To submit your application, you will be required to pay an application fee ($150 CAD).

Step 4 Upload documents

Upload your documents

Once you have submitted your application, log in to review your application status regularly.

Open your application to review your supplemental items list. Upload required items as soon as possible, such as your transcript(s) or statements of marks and IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo scores.

Step 5 Confirmation email

Watch for your offer of admission

We will notify you by email as soon as possible when we make a decision on your application. You will be able to log in to your account to download your letter and any important information about your admission.

We look forward to welcoming you to the USask Language Centre!


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University of Saskatchewan Language Centre
232 R.J.D. Williams Building
221 Cumberland Ave. N.
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3