Language Education for Academic Purposes (LEAP)

Full-time English Language Program

Starting at 13 weeks, maximum of 15 months

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Program highlights

Accredited by Languages Canada — learn from TESL certified and experienced instructors

International Student Support Centre ― a space where you can access immigration information, meet other students, study and take part in activities

Safe and welcoming campus community — get full access to MRU services, including Recreation and Wellness Services

Hands-on learning experience — small class sizes help you get to know your instructors and classmates

Foundational Learning Assistance Program funding available for domestic students


Mount Royal’s Language Education for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program offers high quality English language instruction to help you develop the language skills for success in academic settings or future career prospects. Learn from our expert Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certified instructors in different classes throughout the week.

LEAP courses focus on a range of English language skills as they are used in academic studies, including speaking, reading, listening, writing, grammar, fluency and pronunciation. The program is made up of a combination of in-person, on-campus classes and online learning.

LEAP is for low intermediate to advanced level English language learners. The recommended minimum language level for success in the program is CLB 4 or an IELTS score of 3.5.


LEAP levels

There are four levels of LEAP, beginning with a low intermediate level and progressing through to an advanced level. The level of LEAP you start at depends on your English level at the time of entering the program and is determined by a placement test.


Successful completion of LEAP 1 allows you to enrol in LEAP 2.


Successful completion of LEAP 2 allows you to enrol in LEAP 3.


  • Successful completion of LEAP 3 allows you to enrol in LEAP 4.
  • LEAP 3 students can register for Academic Upgrading courses and Open Studies courses.


Time to complete program

Each level of LEAP is completed over a 13-week term. Your overall time spent in the LEAP program is determined by the level you begin at. For example, if you start at LEAP 1 then it will take 15 months (four 13-week terms) to complete the program.


Benefits of taking LEAP at Mount Royal

  • LEAP offers a diverse classroom experience with students in the program coming from over 30 different countries.
  • Small class sizes help support your learning and allow you to get to know your instructors and classmates.
  • MRU Residence housing options make it easy to find a place to stay during the program.
  • Classes are taught using a university-style delivery model so you are better prepared for further education.
  • LEAP uses innovative teaching methods and campus technology to add to your learning experience.
  • Get started on prerequisites for MRU academic programs.


Admission and testing

Curriculum and costs


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by the LEAP team.

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