English Language Centre

New Student Arrival Information

Pre-Departure Guide

Welcome! We encourage all new students to read our How to Apply checklist to prepare for the beginning of their studies.

Arriving at Acadia

Please look at the table below for arrival dates of upcoming EAP terms.  These dates are important when you are booking your airline tickets. We cannot accommodate students who arrive before the arrival date, so please do not buy a ticket which arrives before the date below. If you have any questions, please ask us before you book your ticket. If you have already booked your ticket before these dates, please contact us as soon as possible and we will help you to make arrangements.

Please try to arrive as close to the listed arrival date as possible. If you arrive more than 5 days after the start of the program, you may be refused entry into classes.

Term Arrival Date Orientation Begins Program Dates
Spring 2020 March 23 March 25 March 25 — June 5
Summer 2020 June 15 June 17 June 17 — August 28
Fall 2020 September 14 September 16 September 16 — November 27
Winter 2021 January 4 January 6 January 6 — March 19

Transportation from the Airport

We can help you arrange transportation to meet you at the airport and take you to your new home at Acadia. Please send us your flight details at least 7 days in advance so that we can arrange transportation for you. The fee is $160. You can pay this fee to your Student Account after you arrive.

If your flight is delayed, you must call 1.888.720.5466 or email bookings@woodslimo.com and inform us of your new arrival time. If you don’t inform us of changes, we will not know when to pick you up, and you may be required to pay the pick-up fee twice.

You can also arrange to travel by Maritime Bus to the Acadia Campus.

Orientation Schedule

Please meet in Fountain Commons Room 138 for the beginning of orientation.




Day 1: Wednesday
9:00 AM Welcome to EAP
Student Handbook, Forms, Insurance, Contracts

Please bring your passport, laptop, earphones, and any official language test scores you have (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL)
Meet Sharon, Susanne, and Chad in Fountain Commons 138
10:00 AM

Acadia EAP Placement Test: Writing and Speaking

Fountain Commons 138

11:15 AM Campus Tour: a tour around Acadia University  
12:00 PM Lunch at Meal Hall or bring your own Wheelock Dining Hall
1:00 PM Acadia EAP Placement Test: Listening and Use of English Fountain Commons 138


Day 2: Thursday
10:00 AM — 11:00 PM Cultural Presentation  Fountain Commons 108
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM Town Tour  
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM Shopping and sightseeing of local area  


Day 3: Friday
Your class schedule will be emailed to you on Friday. Over the weekend, explore and enjoy Wolfville!

Please buy your medical insurance and pay your fees before class on Monday.


Please contact us with your questions and concerns at elc@acadiau.ca or +1 902 585 1471

Planning to Stay in Residence

If you plan to live in residence on campus at Acadia University, you should apply now. If you have any problems with the residence application, please contact the Department of Residence Life by email. Please include your complete name and Acadia ID number in your email.

Please email us with your questions or concerns.

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English Language Centre
PO Box 120, 26 Crowell Dr, Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6



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