Offered at both our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, the Academic English Program (AEP) is designed to prepare you for academic studies if you do not meet Lakehead University's English language requirements. Our program targets all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You will improve your ability to read academic materials, write essays, take notes, and give presentations.
Academic English Program (AEP) - 13 Weeks
Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) - 9 Weeks (compressed)
Students who have a conditional Offer of Admission and have the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 overall with no band lower than 6.0 may be admitted to the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP). This compressed course takes 9 weeks (July & August) and runs Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. (36 hours per week). This program will allow students to start their academic program in September upon successful completion of IAEP.
Review our AEP and IAEP Student Handbook here.
January 11, 2021 - April 16, 2021 (all levels) ONLINE
May 3, 2021 - July 30, 2021 (all levels) ONLINE
September 7, 2021 - December 10, 2021 (all levels)*
June 28, 2021 - August 27, 2021 (level 5; IELTS 6.0 or equivalent only) ONLINE
*Fall 2021 course delivery to be determined (online or in person). Please check back for updates.
Academic English Program Tuition:
Placement Test Fee (if required):
There are many different housing options for international students at Lakehead:
Each housing option offers you a different and unique experience.
A typical week in our in-person Academic English Program balances class time learning English with cultural excursions and free time, allowing you to learn about our city and culture as well as practice your English skills. Our online Academic English Program is a combination of synchronous (live lessons) and asynchronous (independent work). A typical day includes 3 hours of asynchronous lessons starting at 7:00 am and 2 hours of asynchronous, independent work. Each week in the program introduces you to brand new experiences. Here is just a sample of what you could expect as an Academic English Program student:
Virtual Learning Model Sample Schedule
*ELC runs additional custom programming that supports ELC learners to practice their AEP skills in a practical setting.
Health and Wellness
Online Community of Care
Lakehead Campus Events Calendar
In-Person Learning Model Sample Schedule (Currently Unavailable)
Some of the types of cultural excursions you could look forward to include:
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The application process for our Academic English Program (AEP) varies depending on what academic program (if any) you will be taking:
If you are unsure or have questions, contact us and we can help:
Phone: +1 (807) 346-7888