Questions & Answers

The ELI at Seneca is one of the few Ontario college ESL programs designed specifically for international students. Seneca is also one of the largest colleges in Canada, meaning we can offer more resources, facilities and opportunities for students.

Tuition for one level of ELI is approximately $3,500, which includes health insurance. Books and supplies are approximately $100 per level. Living costs are approximately $2,500 per level. Read more about ELI fees and expenses.

The ELI is the same high quality as your professional program, including the professors, the facilities, the resources and the services. When you are an ELI student, you are a Seneca student, benefiting from the same excellence in academic standards.

There are scholarships available for ELI students. Also, Seneca offers 10 renewable entrance scholarships of merit ($1,000 each) for international students beginning their postsecondary studies.  

You will study 25 hours per week — 20 hours in class and five hours in the lab. You will have a typical college schedule, which means every day will be different. You may change your schedule on the first day of class only, if there is space in the schedule you prefer.

You can work on campus while you are in the ELI. When you are in your professional program, you can start working off campus for up to 20 hours per week.

Yes, the ELI will prepare you for academic studies in English at the university and college level. Keep in mind that each institution has its own English requirements.

It all depends on your starting level. There are eight levels in the ELI. Each level takes seven weeks to complete (and sometimes Level 8 takes 14 weeks). Read more about ELI levels.

You will receive a Certificate of Standing from the ELI and you will be automatically registered in your program at Seneca. You will not have to take another English test.

If you start Level 8 in March, May, July or November, Level 8 will last seven weeks. We call this a Short Level 8. You will study 16 hours of English, one college subject for credit or an Advanced English Skills subject, plus five lab hours per week, for a total of 25 hours per week.

If you start Level 8 in January, May or September, Level 8 will last 14 weeks. We call this a Long Level 8. You will study eight hours of English, up to three college subjects for credit, or an Advanced English Skills subject, plus five lab hours per week, for a total of 25 hours per week.

In May, you have the choice between Short Level 8 and Long Level 8.

If you do not wish to take Long Level 8, you can take a break for two months, and come back for a Short Level 8.

If you receive a TOEFL or IELTS test score for your program, you can start your postsecondary studies before you finish Level 8.

No, you can study only ESL if you like. You can study for one level only or more.

With conditional acceptance to a postsecondary program, your options are as follows:

  • graduate from ELI Level 8 with at least 60 per cent to enter a diploma program
  • graduate from ELI Level 8 with at least 70 per cent in ELI804 and at least 60 per cent in ELI950 to enter a degree program
  • graduate from ELI Level 8 with at least 80 per cent in ELI804 and at least 60 per cent in ELI950 to enter a post-graduate program

If you are a current ELI student, you can change your professional program. Please complete the Postsecondary Program Request form online and follow the instructions to submit it. 

If you are a current ELI student, you can add a professional program. Please complete the Postsecondary Program Request form online and follow the instructions to submit it.