Brock launches ESL incentive program for international students

A new Brock University initiative is offering international students the chance to take English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) programming for free.

Through the Brock Advantage program, eligible ESL students who go on to complete their undergraduate degree at the University will be reimbursed for their ESL studies.

“This initiative is designed to set ESL students up for success and ease their transition into university life in Canada,” says April-Dawn Blackwell, Associate Vice-President, Professional and Continuing Studies. “By building strong language skills and offering transition services for living in Niagara, we are putting our ESL students in a better position to be successful in their studies and professional careers.”

The Brock Advantage aims to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education by students who are academically qualified to study at Brock but do not meet the English language requirement. The free ESL program supports students focused on getting the skills required to excel at the university level in Canada.

Eligible students will be reimbursed for up to two terms of Brock’s Intensive English Language Program or Accelerated English Language Program upon successful completion of their undergraduate degree at the University.

“This program is about creating a foundation for international student success at Brock,” says Nathan Cheney, Director, Professional and Continuing Studies. “By providing our conditionally accepted undergraduate students with the Brock Advantage, we are incentivizing students to build the language skills they need to be successful at Brock and into their future.”

In addition to the financial incentive, Brock University offers a comprehensive support system to conditionally accepted students that extends beyond language instruction, ensuring that international ESL students have the tools and resources they need to enhance their abilities to thrive academically, socially and culturally during their time at the University.

“The Brock Advantage is a game-changer for ESL students who pursue their undergraduate degree at Brock University,” says Julian Inglis, Associate Director, ESL. “It provides financial incentive and also ensures a greater diversity of students will have access to a wide range of support services and resources that will support their ability to excel in their studies and make the most of their time in Canada.”

With the Brock Advantage, Brock University reaffirms its commitment to providing a world-class education and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for students from all corners of the globe.

For details about eligibility and requirements to receive ESL programming for free, contact Brock ESL at or visit

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