Program Overview

General Arts and Science - 1 Year (English Language Studies) is a full-time English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program designed to provide a direct route from English language learning to post-secondary studies (both college and university level) with no further language testing required.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate
Day Time
32 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 May
2023 September
2024 January
2024 May

Your Learning Experience

The EAP program includes 10 eight-week levels (two EAP levels per college semester), and each EAP level includes seven weeks of intensive training that focuses on building academic English language skills in grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation, with an eighth week composed of experiential learning activities like workshops, excursions and events that provide plenty of opportunities to practice all the skills you’ve learned. In order to go to the next EAP level, students are required to achieve a minimum grade of 70%. In this program, you will:

  • Learn from highly qualified professors;
  • Build strong academic English skills;
  • Start at the level that suits your current ability;
  • Learn how to be successful in Canadian classrooms;
  • Plan the next steps in your academic path.


One of the best ways to build English skills is through practice. Fanshawe provides students with fun ways to socialize and practice speaking English during each level of the program. Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in volunteer and leadership opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which level should I start in? We evaluate all new or prospective students prior to entering into the EAP program in order to determine the best starting level. Placement is based on scores from a computer-based listening and reading test, a writing sample and a friendly conversation with one of our EAP instructors. Students may also use an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge score to determine their starting level. For more information or to set up an evaluation, please contact Fanshawe College’s English Language Institute at

Is there financial aid for EAP students? Domestic EAP students may be eligible for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for up to two college terms (four EAP levels).

How do I apply to EAP?

After completing the evaluation process, domestic students apply to the EAP program through the Ontario Colleges Application System at Students must select "General Arts and Sciences One Year English Studies" (GAP5) – this is the academic code for Fanshawe’s EAP program for domestic students.

International students apply to Fanshawe's EAP program (ESL4) through the College's International Centre.

Program Progression

Below is a link to a chart that explains how our EAP levels work and what grades you need to achieve to be considered for Fanshawe College programs and university-level programs.

EAP levels (PDF chart)

Career Information

Fanshawe’s General Arts and Science – One Year (English Language Studies) program provides intensive training that focuses on building academic English language skills in grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. Graduates benefit from experiential learning activities like workshops, excursions and events that provide plenty of opportunities to practice language skills in real-world settings. While the program is primarily intended to prepare students for further academic studies – at college or university – graduates may pursue employment.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?


Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s General Arts and Science – One Year program:

Language Exchange Program
Teach English lessons at schools across the globe.

Retail Associate
Provide excellent customer service to customers.

Stewardship Assistant
Supervise and lead students through various conservation activities.


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, in sight into both self and society.

2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry

3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.

4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.

5. Employ basic vocational, skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).



Take 4 of the following courses mandatory to graduate:

Additional courses offered:
View all courses

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.