Offered at both our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, the Academic English Program (AEP) and Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) 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
Students will improve their ability to read academic materials, write a variety of academic essays and give academic presentations individually and in groups. There are 5 levels in the Academic English Program. You will be assessed upon arrival and placed in the appropriate level based on your skills if you do not possess current IELTS or TOEFL scores. If you do not have a test score from any of these sources, you must do a placement test online before your arrival if you are planning to study in Canada.
NOTE: Our in-house placement test is used for placement in the Academic English Program only. Thus, the test does not guarantee entry in any undergraduate or graduate program.
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.
September 12 - December 14, 2022 (all levels)
January 16 - April 21, 2023 (all levels)
May 8 - August 4, 2023 (all levels)
September 5 - December 12, 2023 (all levels)
June 26 - August 25 (level 5; IELTS 6.0 in all bands or equivalent only)
Academic English Program Tuition:
$5,200 CAD per semester (tuition only)
Placement Test Fee (if required):
iTEP Academic Plus - AEP $85 CAD
Test measures the four skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
The test can be taken either on site or remotely.
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 synchronous 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.
In-Person Learning Model Sample Schedule (Resuming Fall 2021)
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