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English for Academic Purposes

Program Description

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive language program that prepares students for university or college studies in English. Students have 22.5 hours of classroom instruction per week.

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This full-time program is suitable for students planning to apply to university (at the undergraduate or graduate level) and college, and for students already enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Those who have completed their university education and who wish to improve their academic English skills will also be well served by this program.

The EAP Program offers intensive, integrated practice in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This program also puts particular emphasis on the knowledge, skills and strategies essential for academic success:

  • Vocabulary enhancement
  • Pronunciation comprehensibility
  • Grammatical knowledge
  • Academic writing techniques
  • Autonomous learning
  • Critical thinking

Students in this program may be eligible for an English Proficiency Exam Waiver when applying to a degree program at Queen's University. For more information, please visit English Proficiency Exam Waiver section of this website.

Program Levels

When students arrive at Queen's they undergo a placement process. Students are placed into one of the six levels:

  • 110 - Beginner
  • 120 - Elementary
  • 130 - Intermediate Level I
  • 132 - Intermediate Level II
  • 140 - Advanced
  • 150 - University Preparation


  • All students entering this program, even beginners, must have knowledge of the English alphabet and some basic vocabulary.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Sample Class Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday      
8:30am - 9:50am Core Class Core Class Core Class Core Class Core Class
10:00am - 11:20am Core Class Core Class Core Class Core Class Core Class
1:00pm - 2:20pm Spoken English   Spoken English Language Lab  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Language Lab Discussion