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
Spring 2017May 8 – August 1814
Fall 2017September 5 – December 1514
Winter 2018January 8 – April 2014
Spring 2018May 7 – August 1714
TuitionDeposit (Ancillary Fee)Credit Course TuitionHomestay Fees
$4,000$8002016 Undergraduate tuition fees$800 per month, with meals plus $200 placement fee;
$500 per month, without meals plus $200 placement fee

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Payment Due Dates

For all students, remaining fees are due four weeks prior to the first day of the program.  Please visit Making a Payment, for more information. If you are unable to complete payment by this date, please contact eslbrock@brocku.ca to make alternative arrangements.

There will be a late payment fee of $150 for any returning students who do not pay their full tuition by the payment due date. Once payment has been received in full, students will be registered for the program.

If you have any questions or concerns please email eslbrock@brocku.ca

*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 Conference Services.