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Sheridan offers full-time, intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students who want to improve their English skills for personal, professional or academic reasons.

The highest level, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) can provide students with a conditional acceptance into a diploma, degree or post-graduate certificate at Sheridan.

Program Features

  • 5 levels of instruction: Foundation, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced and EAP
  • Each of the first four levels consists of an A and B module
  • Each session in the first four levels is 7 weeks (25 hours/week)
  • EAP is 14 weeks (22 hours/week)

Level Placement

Students are placed in an appropriate level of ESL based on their level of English proficiency. Students can choose to either submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score before arrival, OR write the Sheridan ESL Placement test upon arrival.

Late arriving students may be subject to campus transfers due to seat availability.

ESL Chart

This chart is effective Spring 2020


IELTS Academic

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test)

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

iTEP Academic



1.5- 2.5 (lowest skill at 1.5)

<32 (no score below 6)


1.0-1.4 (no score lower than 1.0)


3.0-3.5 (lowest skill at 3.0)


32 (no score below 8)

1.5-1.9 (no score lower than 1.5)



4.0-4.5 (lowest skill at 4.0)


34 (no score below 12)


2.0-2.9 (no score lower than 2.0)



5.0 (lowest skill at 5.0)

45 (no score below 14)

3.0-3.4 (no score lower than 3.0)


5.5- 6.0 (lowest skill at 5.5)

59 (no score below 18)

3.5-3.6 (no score lower than 3.5)


  • Students are placed in an ESL level according to their lowest individual skills score either in their IELTS Academic or TOEFL scores. For example, if a student has an IELTS Academic 5.0 for Speaking and Listening, an IELTS Academic 4.5 for Reading and an IELTS Academic 4.0 for Writing, the student will be placed in the Intermediate level.
  • Your IELTS Academic/TOEFL scores should be valid no more than 2 years before arrival.
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and iTEP Academic are accepted for the Spring/Summer, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters only, until further notice.

Courses include

  • Grammar
  • Language Lab
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading and Writing
  • Business Communication
  • Computer Applications


Each 7-week module (for levels Foundation to Advanced) is $3,529.00 CAD for International Students

EAP level is a 14-week continuous session. Tuition fees is equal to two modules.

Tuition fees includes tuition, health insurance, and use of computer lab and athletics facilities.

Start Dates

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November

Our ESL program is offered at our Trafalgar Campus in Oakville and our Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.

EAP level is only offered in January, May and September.

Upon successful completion of all the courses in the English for Academic Purposes program (including a General Education course), students will receive a General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate. Successful graduates can apply to other programs at Sheridan with no further testing required if overall GPA is 70% (for certificate and diploma programs) and 75% (for all other programs).

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