Academic Transitions

Academic Transitions (AcT) offers advanced students the opportunity to complete their ESL studies at the same time as they take a credit course toward their undergraduate degree.

AcT students will have 25 hours of academic English language instruction and academic support each week. Students work through an accelerated IELP level five curriculum that emphasizes the following:

  • Critical thinking and reading
  • Researching, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Academic presentations, discussion and debate
  • Development of specialized vocabulary
  • Academic note taking
  • Academic writing

In addition to their ESL classes, AcT students will have optional cultural activities during the evenings and weekends.

Upon successful completion of AcT, students with a conditional acceptance to Brock University will be admitted for January, May or September admission.

Interested in applying to the Academic Transitions program?

If you are a current Brock student, email eslbrock@brocku.ca for application details.

New students should express interest at time of application. English language proficiency scores must be provided prior to the start of the program.

We offer three 14-week courses throughout the year. The beginning and ending dates are:

SessionDates# of Weeks
Winter 2020January 6 to April 1714
Spring 2020May 4 to August 1414
Fall 2020September 8 to December 1814
Winter 2021January 4 to April 1614
Spring 2021May 3 to August 1314
Fall 2021September 7 to December 1714
SessionTuitionAncillary Fee
Winter 2020$4700*800*
Spring 2020$4800*800*
Fall 2020$4800*800*
Winter 2021$4800*800*
Fall 2021$4800*800*

All applications require a $250 deposit and $25 application fee due at the time of application and are non-refundable.

*Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice.

Payment is due in full one month prior to the first day of the program. Please visit Making a Payment for more information.

Once payment has been received in full, students will be registered for the program.

*Length of terms may vary due to university and public holidays.

14-Week Course

  • Sessions begin in January, May and September
  • 25 hours of academic English language instruction and academic support per week
  • Critical thinking and reading
  • Researching, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Academic presentation, discussion and debate
  • Development of specialized vocabulary
  • Academic note taking
  • Academic writing
  • Optional cultural activities during the evenings and weekends

Final transcripts and certificates will be given upon completion. Placement test scores will also appear on the transcripts.

Please see Summer English Language Program for shorter courses.

Teaching English (TESL)

  • Advanced students may be interested in the Linguistics and TESL programs in the Department of Applied Language Studies. That department offers TESL qualifications at the undergraduate, post-graduate certificate, and M.Ed. level. Details are available from the Chair, Department of Applied Language Studies.
  • As well as Canadian students, our program has prepared ESL teachers from Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Italy, Brazil, the USA and Venezuela. Our graduates are working all over the world.
  • Students in the Linguistics and TESL courses get involved as conversation partners, monitors and tutors. This means that language students profit from the most modern teaching materials and effective methods, based on research in the Department.

University Residence:

Residence is only available in the Spring and Summer terms. For more information on costs and accommodation, please visit Residences at Brock.