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What makes ELI unique?

You can:

  • start your classes with confidence after our 4-day orientation program that includes a welcome BBQ, campus tour, city tour, and several information sessions.
  • bring your TOEIC ® score with you.
  • study English and Seneca courses for credit at the same time.
  • graduate directly from the ELI into your Seneca program.
  • improve your English faster in our world famous language computer labs which are also available over the internet, 24/7.
  • study extra English for free every evening with ELI professors; improve your grammar, writing, speaking and pronunciation.
  • take exciting trips in and out of Toronto with professors and international staff. Visit Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, New York, Niagara Falls and more!
  • be part of a big College and can use all of Seneca’s facilities and resources like our gym, computer labs, fitness centre, libraries, health centre, cafeterias and coffee shops, book store, student lounges and more.


  • There are 8 levels in the ELI.
  • Levels 1 to 7 are seven weeks each.
  • Level 8 is seven weeks in March, May, July or November (we call this SHORT 8) or 14 weeks in January, May or September (we call this LONG 8).
  • In May you have a choice between Short 8 or Long 8.
  • There are 6 start dates per year: January, March, May, July, September and November.
  • The placement test is the TOEIC® test. Take the test at Seneca or bring your existing score.
  • You study 25 hours per week, Monday - Friday. Schedules vary.
  • In Levels 6, 7 and 8, you can study English and Seneca subjects for credit at the same time.
  • When you finish Level 8, you can enter into your Seneca program without another English test if you have a conditional admission to your program.

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The English Language Institute is an officially approved program of Languages Canada.