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
32 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 January
2025 May
2023 September
2024 January
2024 May

Part Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2025 January
Fully Online
2025 May
Fully Online
2024 January
Fully Online
2024 May
Fully Online

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.


This program is available part-time


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
  1. Take notes from academic lectures and readings that capture key points and important details.
  2. Present information (both orally and in writing) in a comprehensible, coherent fashion appropriate to an introductory level post-secondary environment.
  3. Follow oral and written instructions pertaining to academic tasks.
  4. Produce texts of length, complexity, and format consistent with introductory post-secondary study.
  5. Locate, assess, and synthesize information from various sources.



Admission Requirements

Canadian citizenship, permanent residence status, or convention refugee status*


The equivalent of a high school diploma from a non-English speaking country


- Before applying on, please contact first to book an English language level placement test.

- *Applicants who have convention refugee or protected person status must have a valid study permit before starting studies. It can take up to six months to acquire a permit so early applications are recommended.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.


Take 4 of the following courses mandatory to graduate:

Additional courses offered:
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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.