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The English as a Second Language (LU-ESL) program is fully accredited by Languages Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges, and the Canadian government. All teachers have TESL certification and are experienced in teaching English to international students. LU-ESL also has an International Academic Advisor, and trained and experienced tutors. 

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The LU- ESL courses are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The Canadian Benchmarks are a 12-point scale of task-based language proficiency descriptors used to guide the teaching and assessment of ESL learners in Canada. Like the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the Canadian Language Benchmarks describe ESL learners' successive levels of achievement.  The following chart outlines the entrance marks for each level.


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If students meet the admission requirement to their choice of degree programs but still need to improve their English skills in order to be successful, they may be accepted to Laurentian University, at the undergraduate or graduate level, under the condition that they meet the university's English language proficiency requirements. The Laurentian University English Academic Preparation Program (LU-EAP) is divided into three levels of competency with an optional bridging course available afterwards. The following chart outlines the entrance marks for each level.


The University Pathways (LU-UP) Program is an academic bridging course. This course allows students to study part-time at Laurentian University while honing their language skills. During the bridging course, they will practice academic and language activities that they are encountering during their courses, that is, they will be developing English language skills integrated with discipline specific curriculum.

The LU-UP Program offers:

  • 15 hours per week of in-class instruction
  • Students can register in one 3-credit course directly related to their major
  • A second course in the UP program is a required 3-credit course, Intellectual Inquiry and Critical Analysis, which has a strong emphasis on written and oral communication
  • There is up to 5 hours a week of tutoring focusing on the skills and vocabulary of their courses available
  • Specialized teaching and personal attention will help students ease into their credit courses
  • Provides the highest levels of English language instruction and study skills preparation in a supportive setting


University Pathway (UP) offers students specialized and individual attention during their first 2 courses (6 credits). Successful students then proceed to their undergraduate programs at Laurentian University. The conditional acceptance is waived after successful completion of this course. In other words, the successful completion of this course indicates that the student is ready for independent university studies. However, the supports provided by the Centre for Academic Excellence remain available throughout their stay at Laurentian.


Laurentian University and Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics (ZUFE) have joined efforts in the Zhejiang English Preparation Program (ZEPP).  Students take part in an intensive, 7 week English course at their home university in China. TESL qualified teachers from Laurentian University will teach Academic Level 3; the final level of the LU-EAP Program.    

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This level represents the range of abilities which enable a learner to participate more fully in social, educational, and work-related settings. Upon completion, students are ready for post-secondary academic programs. Students will arrive at Laurentian ready to finish their degree program.


Laurentian University is nestled in Sudbury, a city which boasts of 330 lakes within the city limits. The campus is built within 750 acres of pristine forest and has its own beach. The Laurentian English Language Institute and the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program at Laurentian University are proud to offer a unique international language learning summer camp experience. Our summer program offers distinctive educational experiences not found in traditional classroom settings.  These English language classes are:

•    A 2 week English language course combined with outdoor adventures and activities

•    40 hours of English instruction in and out of the classroom

•    Taught by Certified Teachers

•    Include all necessary learning materials

•    Have a maximum 6:1 student/teacher ratio

•    Include exercises in reading, writing, listening and speaking

•    Students experience the outdoors and nature with hands on learning 

Learning does not have to take place in a classroom: it can be done in a canoe on a lake.


The GSEP is an English preparation program that can be, once admitted to the university, taken as an intensive 6 week program before beginning classes, or during the first term of the degree for 13 weeks. This 200 hour program is offered in small groups (4 to 5 students) as structured activities in the classroom and the community, that will help develop the advanced academic skills students need in graduate school. Some time is dedicated to supporting directed independent study to complete assignments, readings and research required for their degree program. This guidance helps ease the transition of studying discipline specific material from one language to English.


Students from universities in Brazil have come to Laurentian University through participation in the Science without Borders (SwB) Program. SwB is a scholarship program funded by the Brazilian government that enables university students to study internationally in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects. Students who do not meet the language pre-requisites to proceed into full-time academic studies will refine their English skills for one semester and then enter degree studies at Laurentian.

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