About

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program will help improve your English to qualify for admission to University of Saskatchewan degree programs. You can receive joint admission to the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre and any of the University of Saskatchewan's six direct-entry colleges:

  • Agriculture and Bioresources
  • Arts and Science
  • Education
  • Edwards School of Business
  • Engineering
  • Kinesiology

Once you finish the highest level of your full-time English program, you can progress into your degree program in the next available term without needing to reapply for admission or submit an English language proficiency test score.

Quick facts
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • Apply for joint admission to ESL and direct-entry degree programs
If you want to improve your English skills, but do not want to enter a university degree program, apply for English studies (ESL) only.

What you will learn

The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre offers excellent instruction in English and first-rate cultural adaptation programming to help you transition to life in Canada. Make new friends, experience Canadian culture and learn advanced English language skills and academic skills to help you succeed in your classes!

Excellent facilities

The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre offers excellent facilities to support your learning and lifestyle, including:

  • Language Library – Access learning resources, including physical and digital learning material, as well as photocopying and printing services
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Lab - Available for class and for your individual use
  • Student Lounge – Relax with your friends, have lunch, or use a computer in our comfortable, welcoming lounge

Personalized mentorship

In our Student Success Centre, you will have access to additional guidance and mentorship. You can participate in individual or small group study sessions with one of our most experienced teachers. You will be able to advance your areas of strength and improve in areas you find more difficult with personalized instruction.

Activities and experiences

Experience Canadian culture through organized activities offered by the Language Centre, as well as regular, everyday interaction with other students. Practice your speaking and listening skills in authentic social settings while also having fun and making friends along the way!

Cultural adaptation

Coming to a new country is a wonderful experience, but there is a lot to learn. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable and confident in both social and academic settings, as well as in public settings, like stores, banks or health centres.

Program options

When you apply for joint admission to an undergraduate degree program and to the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, you can choose between two channels of English study:

Passing the highest level of English in either channel allows you meet the university’s English language proficiency requirement for admission to direct-entry degree programs. Both programs will help you prepare for successful study at the University of Saskatchewan.

U-Bridge

In U-Bridge, you can take university classes and earn credit toward your degree while you improve your English language proficiency.

U-Bridge has two levels (U-Bridge Level 1 and U-Bridge Level 2), which each include:

An ESL class to help you with:

  • lecture note-taking
  • giving presentations
  • writing essays
  • reading academic articles
  • working in groups

A university class for credit:

  • Your U-Bridge instructors attend your classes with you to fully support and integrate your experience.
  • The textbook, lectures, and assignments from the academic class become the materials for language instruction.

Credit toward your uSask degree

Earn credit for your ESL and university classes offered through U-Bridge:

Arts and Science and Agriculture and Bioresources

Up to 9 credit units toward your degree
  • U-Bridge Level 1: Anthropology 111.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 (3 credit units) + ESL class (3 credit units) = 6 credit units

Edwards School of Business

Up to 9 credit units toward your degree

  • U-Bridge Level 1: Commerce 101.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 + ESL class (3 credit units) = 6 credit units

Engineering

3 credit units toward your degree*

  • U-Bridge Level 1: Anthropology 111.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 (3 credit units)

*While you could earn credit for both classes, only one can be used toward your first-year junior humanities or social science elective requirement for an engineering degree.

Entry requirement for U-Bridge 1

One of the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 (all areas 5.5 or higher)
    or
  • TOEFL iBT 74 (all areas 16 or higher)
    or
  • Passing Level 40 of Foundation English with a sufficient score

Entry requirement for U-Bridge 2

One of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0 (only one area at 5.5)
    or
  • TOEFL iBT 78 (all areas 18 or higher)
    or
  • Passing U-Prep 1 with a sufficient score or passing U-Bridge 1

Intakes

U-Bridge offers three terms with 12 weeks of instruction per year:

  • Winter Term
    January to April
    Apply for joint admission by September 15

  • Spring Term
    May to July
    Apply for joint admission by November 15

  • Fall Term
    September to December
    Apply for joint admission by June 1

Tuition

$10,000 CAD per term, including the cost of tuition for both ESL and university credit classes

The 2019 tuition rate is represented. Tuition does not include the one-time application fee of $240 for new students applying for joint admission, the costs of housing, or the costs of textbooks and other supplies.

U-Prep

U-Prep can help you build a strong foundation in English if you don’t meet the requirements to enter U-Bridge or if you are not ready to begin university study. You will receive instruction in the four pillars of language study:

  • speaking
  • listening
  • reading
  • writing

You will be able to practice these skills with your classmates and instructors through group work, presentations, and writing assignments. This practice will help you prepare to transition to your degree program.

Entry requirements for Foundation English
(Levels 20-40)

  • You must be 17.5 years of age
  • You must have some basic English skills
  • You will take a placement test at the beginning of the term to determine your starting level.

Entry requirements for U-Prep 1

One of the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 (all areas 5.5 or higher)
    or
  • TOEFL, iBT® 74 (all areas 16 or higher)
    or
  • Appropriate score on the placement test
    or
  • Passing Level 40

Entry requirements for U-Prep 2

One of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0 (only one area at 5.5)
    or
  • TOEFL, iBT® 78 (all areas 18 or higher)
    or
  • Appropriate score on a placement test
    or
  • Passing U-Prep 1 or Bridging 1

Intakes

U-Prep and Foundation English (Levels 20-40) offer four ten-week terms per year:

  • Winter Term
    January to March
    Apply for joint admission by September 15

  • Spring Term
    March to June
    Apply for joint admission by November 15

  • Summer Term
    June-August
    Apply for joint admission by March 1

  • Fall Term
    September to December
    Apply for joint admission by June 1

Tuition

$4,150 CAD per term

The 2019 tuition rate is represented. Tuition does not include the one-time application fee of $240 for new students applying for joint admission, the costs of housing, or the costs of textbooks and other supplies.

How to apply for joint admission

1. Create an account

Create an account in the University of Saskatchewan's application portal at apply.usask.ca.

If you already have an account, log in.

2. Start an application

Choose the application for joint admission to an undergraduate program and English studies (ESL)

Be prepared to fill out all of the required information, including:

  • Your name, contact information, and other biographical information
  • Your previous education history
  • Your preferred channel of English study (U-Bridge or U-Prep) and planned academic program of study (degree program)

3. 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 a combined application fee ($240 CAD) and first-term tuition deposit.

4. Upload your documents

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

You will see that a second application was created automatically for you -- you should see one application for your degree program and another for your program of English study. 

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

If you have any questions about your degree program application, email admissions@usask.ca or call (+1) 306-966-5788.

If you have any questions about your application to study English at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, email register.esl@usask.ca or call (+1) 306-966-4351.

5. Watch for your offer of admission

We will notify you by email as soon as possible when we make decisions on your applications. 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 University of Saskatchewan!

Housing

Homestay

Live with a homestay family in Saskatoon and enjoy a safe, English-speaking environment where you can adapt to Canadian life and improve your language skills. Statistics show that students who live in with a homestay family perform better in their English classes!

Our host families come from many backgrounds, but they all offer you the same opportunities to experience Canadian culture and find your home-away-from-home.

Costs
Homestay cost estimates Amount (CDN)
Homestay for U-Bridge and university degree program students $7,673.40 for 8 months
(September-April)
Homestay for U-Prep or Foundation English students

$3,073.00 for the first 10-week term

$2,123.00 for additional 10-week terms

Rates provided are 2018-2019 estimates based on a daily fee of $27.00, and including a service and assistance fee of $15.20 per week, a one-time, non-refundable placement fee of $275.00, and a refundable damage deposit of $675.00.

Comfortable and safe accommodation

  • Live in a friendly family setting with your own private, furnished bedroom.
  • Wireless internet and TV access are included.
  • Enjoy three meals per day provided by your homestay family:
    • Breakfast, which you will prepare yourself
    • Packed lunch
    • Sit-down dinner with the family
  • Homestay host families are carefully screened by the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.
    • , attend an orientation, get a Criminal Records Check and have home visits every three years.

Cultural adaptation

  • Gain valuable experience practicing your English.
  • Participate in family activities.
  • Receive help setting up a bank account in Canada.

Transportation

  • Your homestay family will pick you up from the airport when you arrive in Saskatoon.
  • Before your classes begin, your homestay family will take you on the bus route from your home to the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.
  • All families are located within a 30-60 minute bus ride from the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Flexible occupancy dates

  • Homestay rates are based on a daily fee of $27.00, and including a service and assistance fee of $15.20 per week.
  • If you arrive early or leave late, you can stay for additional days at $27/day.

 

Cultural activities

We organize fun activities and field trips including going to sporting events, lakes, festivals, community events and more!

 

Refund policy

The Application for Admission Fee is non-refundable. The Tuition Deposit for each term is refundable if the application is cancelled or transferred to another term by the payment deadline.

The Housing Placement Fee is non-refundable. However, Occupancy Fees for homestay or residence will be partly refunded as determined by our Accommodations Office if students change their accommodation after arrival.

The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to change fees and term dates. The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to cancel a course and refund all money paid by the applicant.