EAL/ESL Full Time Program

Full-time English Language Program

 Why Study at Mount Royal?

  • A Designated Learning Institution (DLI Number O18761482032) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • English Language Program is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit
  • Programs from high beginner to University entrance
  • Nationally certified instructors
  • Bridge into post-secondary credit studies
  • Experience Canadian university life
  • Work on campus while you study (some restrictions apply)
  • Live in a vibrant city near the world-famous Rocky Mountains
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • If you are under 18 years of age and have finished high school, you must have a legal custodian in Calgary. Contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for details. Your application is processed after we receive the proper custodian documents and original high school transcripts.

  • Foundational English (high beginner to intermediate): Strengthen speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Academic English (high intermediate to advanced): Build academic English skills before entering university, college or technical school. Graduates with an 80% average satisfy the English language proficiency requirement for degree, diploma and university transfer programs at Mount Royal University.
  • It takes approximately 3 months to finish one level.


  • Take our placement test before classes start
  • SPRING 2020 - Our Placement test will be an online assessment of your writing and grammar along with a scheduled virtual interview. This will be set up for all new Spring 2020 students to support their placement in the appropriate level. 
  • SPRING 2020 - This test will be scheduled between April 1 and April 9.
  • SPRING 2020 - You will need a quiet space, a computer with internet access and approximately 90 minutes to complete the written portion of the assessment. The 15 minute interview portion will be conducted using Google Meet and require a webcam and microphone on a device. Instructions will be sent by email. 
  • Placement test (3 hours) includes your listening, grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, and speaking skills
  • We assign you to a level based on your results

Term Dates
Winter 2020 Jan 7 - Mar 25, 2020
No class Feb 17
Reading week Feb 10-14
Spring 2020 April 14 - June 25 2020
No class  May 18
Reading Day May 15
Fall 2020 September 3 - December 9, 2020

No class Sep 7, Oct 12, Nov 11

Reading Break Oct 13-16

Winter 2021 January 6 - April 12, 2021

No class Feb 14, April 2, 5
Reading Break Feb 16-19

Academic English (AE) and Foundational English (FE):
SPRING 2020  - Classes will not be held on campus but classes will be provided through virtual online delivery until further notice. Content, hours of study and course outcomes will be the same whereever possible. 
9-1:30 p.m. Class time Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Tutorial time Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu.



Do you want to attend beginning in Winter or Spring 2020? Please follow the links below to register.

Do you want to attend beginning in Fall 2020? All students can apply using the link below. 

Go to OPTION #3: English Language Program - Fall 2020 Semester Only.

SPRING 2020 Update: Face to Face activities cannot be held at this time. Instructors and the program will support students to make connections virtually with others in the program during this period of remote delivery. 
Each term there are several activities planned for all students on the MRU Campus, including in our International Student Centre.

Students may join fitness classes and intramural teams as well as use all of the modern facilities of MRU Recreation, for a small fee.

Check out the many cultural activities and events happening in Calgary.
Mount Royal University is a modern campus with many services available to students, such as:
  • Students currently enrolled in Academic English classes are eligible to take designated Academic Upgrading and Open Studies credit courses. You cannot take academic upgrading/credit classes that are at the same time as your full-time classes.
  • Students must pass all areas of the previous level and receive an overall average of 80% or better to register in academic upgrading or credit classes.
  • See more.

Information for AgentsFind out more information about being a recruiting agent for the English Language Program. CE_LI_lclogo Who can I contact? E-Mail: mrulanguages@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.5100, 1.866.775.2673
Location: Our office is located in G208, Lincoln Park Campus, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW.