Academic English Frequently Asked Questions

Academic English Frequently Asked Questions

I want to go home for the summer. Can I take Academic English in the fall instead?

No. Academic English at U of T Scarborough must be completed in the summer. If you cannot attend the summer program, you must submit satisfactory English language test scores by the deadline stated in your offer of admission in order to meet the conditions of your offer of admission.

What happens if I get satisfactory English language test results after I register for Academic English?

If we receive your satisfactory test results before the deadline stated in your offer of admission, you may withdraw from Academic English. If we receive the results by July 9, 2021, you will get your full program fee back (minus the $1,500.00 CAD non-refundable deposit). After July 9, 2021, there will be no refund.

I received satisfactory English language test scores after the deadline stated in my offer of admission. May I withdraw from Academic English?

The University of Toronto will accept the satisfying test score until the end of August. Even if the test scores are received after the deadline stated in your offer of admission, it is strongly advised that you remain in the Academic English program as it is designed to build your language skills in preparation for university study. You will not receive a refund for the program after July 9, 2021. Remaining in the Academic English program that you have already paid for is advantageous. 

What if I can’t get my post-secondary study permit before Academic English class begins?

More information will be made available about how the Academic English program will be delivered. In the meantime, here is the response for the two possible scenarios.

In-person, on-campus Academic English:
If the Academic English program is offered in-person and on campus but you cannot arrive in Canada in time for Academic English class, your only option is to submit satisfactory English language test scores by the deadline stated in your offer of admission. If you are not sure if you will get your study permit in time, please prepare to take another English language test. Please contact us to let us know that you are having difficulty with your study permit. 

Online Academic English:
If the Academic English program is offered online, then you may still be able to attend remotely without a study permit. Please contact us by e-mailing utsc.academicenglish@utoronto.ca

What happens if I don’t pass Academic English?

If you are respectful to your Academic English instructors, attend class and work hard, then you will be selected to take Academic English Level 60 again in the fall.

Fall/Winter Part-time Academic English

A grade of B- means that you still need English language support while you take U of T Scarborough degree courses. If you have a grade of B-, you will take Academic English part-time from September 2021 to April 2022. You may enroll in three U of T Scarborough degree courses in the fall term and three degree courses in the winter term.

Fall Full-time Academic English

A grade of C+ or lower indicates that more English language support is needed on a full-time basis. You will take Academic English full-time Monday to Friday from September to December 2021. If you receive a grade of B or higher, you may begin your degree studies in January 2022.

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Academic English Overview

This summer language program is for qualified students who need to satisfy their English proficiency condition.
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Admission Criteria for Academic English

Learn about the admission criteria for the Academic English program.

Financial Aid for Academic English

Learn more about our financial aid options for Academic English.

Study Permits for Academic English

International students in Canada can start their studies at U of T with a valid secondary school study permit.
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Housing for Academic English

Students can stay on campus in residence during the Academic English program.
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Register for Academic English

For students who have received an offer of admission to U of T Scarborough.
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Contact Academic English

Contact information for Admissions and Student Recruitment.