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The ELI was founded in 1992. It has a reputation of excellence in teaching ESL and in student services. The ELI is one of the few Ontario college ESL programs specifically for international students. In addition, Seneca is one of the largest colleges in Canada. Being large comes with many advantages, such as more resources, facilities and opportunities for students.
The tuition fee for one level of ELI is approximately $3,500. This 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.
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 that every day will be different.
ELI schedules are like college schedules – every day is different. You have the opportunity to 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 immediately.
The ELI will prepare you for academic studies in English at the university and college level. 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). You can bring your TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS or CAE score with you, or you can take a placement test when you arrive. In levels 6, 7 and 8 you can take Seneca courses for credit at the same time as your ELI level. When you finish Level 8, you can start your program full time. Read more about ELI levels.
When you finish Level 8, 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 and 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.
No, you can study only ESL if you like. You can study for one level only or more.
If you have a conditional acceptance to your diploma program, and you graduate from Level 8 with at least 60 per cent, you can enter your diploma program.
If you have a conditional acceptance to your degree program, and you graduate from Level 8 with at least 70 per cent in ELI804 and at least 60 per cent in ELI950, you can enter your degree program.
If you have a conditional acceptance to your post-graduate program, and you graduate from Level 8 with at least 80 per cent in ELI804 and at least 60 per cent in ELI950, you can enter your post-graduate program.