Our ESL program will help you improve your English and learn about Canadian culture.

The program will help you with:

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

At the same time, you will:

  • go on trips outside of the class
  • learn about living in Canada

Admission requirements

  • 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


There are five levels of ESL. Each level is 10 weeks long, but you can choose a shorter term of study. You will take a placement test when you arrive to find out which level you will start in.

  • Level 20 - Introductory
  • Level 30 - Intermediate
  • Level 40 - High
  • U-Prep 1 - Advanced English
  • U-Prep 2 - Advanced English
There are four terms each year:
  • Winter Term
    January to March
    Apply by September 15

  • Summer Term
    June to August
    Apply by March 1
  • Spring Term
    March to June
    Apply by November 15

  • Fall Term
    September to December
    Apply by June 1

When you finish Level 40, you can start U-Prep 1 or U-Bridge 1 to prepare for university.


Tuition: $1,900 CAD (4 weeks) - $4,150 CAD (10 weeks) per term

Application fee: $150 CAD

This does not include housing, books, and other supplies.


Step 1 Register

Create an account

Start your application by creating an account or logging into the University of Saskatchewan's application portal at apply.usask.ca

Step 2 Application

Start an application

Choose the application for English studies (ESL only). Be prepared to fill out all of the required information, including:

  • Your name, contact information, and other biographical information
  • Your previous education history
Apply for admission
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) and a tuition deposit of $400 CAD.

Step 4 Upload documents

Upload your documents

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

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).

Step 5 Confirmation email

Watch for your offer of admission

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


Phone(306) 966-4351

University of Saskatchewan Language Centre
232 R.J.D. Williams Building
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3 Canada

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.