English Language Centre

EAP Program Information

Acadia University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a 10-week, intensive English language program for students who:

  • Have not been accepted by a university program, but want to improve their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Have a conditional acceptance to a university degree program but do not have a high enough TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, or other language proficiency test score.
  • Are graduate and undergraduate students who want additional language training to help them be successful in their degree programs.

What does the EAP program include?

Each EAP term is 10 weeks long, with 25 hours of study per week. This includes:

  • Intensive instruction in Listening and Speaking including presentation, discussion, lecture and note-taking skills.
  • Intensive instruction in Reading and Writing including essay and report writing, reading strategies, critical thinking, and research skills.
  • Concentrated study in specific areas including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, communication skills, and technical English.

What EAP level will I be placed in?

You will write the Acadia placement test on the first day of term to determine your EAP level.  If you have recently taken a CAEL, TOEFL iBT or PBT, or IELTS, you do not have to take our placement test.  You can go directly into your appropriate level based on your score. 

Foundations EAP 500 EAP 1000 EAP 2000 Bridging University
CAEL 10-20 CAEL 30 CAEL 40 CAEL 50 CAEL 60 CAEL 70
iBT below 49 iBT 49-58 iBT 59-68 iBT 69-78 iBT 79-89 iBT 90
IELTS below 4.5 IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.0 IELTS 6.5


University Bridging Program

In the final level of EAP, you will enter the Bridging program. The Bridging Program helps you prepare for university by combining full-time EAP study with study in a 3 credit-hour academic credit course. This credit course can be used towards completion of any undergraduate degree. After completing the Bridging Program, you will be allowed to begin full-time study in your academic program without the need to write an official language proficiency test. Tuition for the Bridging Program includes both the EAP support courses and the academic credit course.


COVID-19 Safety

The Acadia University campus is currently open for classes. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any student travelling into Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic Provinces. Please click here for more information about how COVID-19 is affecting Acadia University.


Program Licensing

The English Language Centre at Acadia University is licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia to provide language training to international students. It is bound by the rules and regulations established by the province of Nova Scotia, Labour and Advanced Education. For specific information, please follow the links below:

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


"EAP for me was the gate for my future's education, it's a great program that I had learned a lot from." - Baleegh, Saudi Arabia



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