GAS-English for Academic Purposes 2023-24 (Domestic & International) - 478

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Learn and gain confidence in academic English language skills in a Canadian college environment. Complete Semester 3 to meet Language Proficiency Requirements for post-secondary college programs.

Program Highlights

  • September, January, and May start dates 
  • Credits toward your future college program in classes with Canadian students and teachers:
    • General Education course
    • Optional field-specific undergraduate course
  • OSAP available for domestic students
  • Consistent daily schedule (9am-3pm) that supports families and extra-curricular activities.
  • International and domestic students from a variety of countries study together, and all professors are TESL certified.
  • Part-time study is possible! Contact EAP [at] (EAP[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) for more information.

Learn about the EAP program

Program Length

3 semesters or less, based on language skills placement

Semester: 14 weeks

  • 22 hours per week (Semesters 1 and 2)
  • 21 to 24 hours per week (Semester 3) 

Interactive Learning Opportunities:

  • Apply English skills in interactive EAP workshops and extracurricular activities at the College and in the community.
  • Learn to navigate Canadian college classes, campus life, services, and technology.
  • Develop cross-cultural awareness and interdisciplinary knowledge at local cultural, technological, environmental, or sporting events. 
  • Build teamwork, leadership, and communication skills through group projects, volunteering, or helping others. 
  • Join a college club at Mohawk to share your interests and advance your conversational skills with students from across the college.
    • Conversation Club at the Learning Support Centre 
    • Coffee Club with international students from many college programs 
    • Mohawk College special interest clubs (badminton, culture, computers, dance…)

Many of these activities, such as volunteering, club participation, or community service, qualify for your Co-Curricular Record at Mohawk College.

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Program delivery

Learn about program delivery terms.


Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



Students are placed into an EAP Semester (level) by language skill level using standard English language test scores.

  • To avoid delays or disappointment, we strongly encourage students to obtain their EAP placement level early in the decision-making and application process and before arrival in Canada. This will provide a clear timeline to EAP graduation and your next program. Only EAP Department Faculty or Staff can communicate an accurate placement to you. Contact to learn about testing, to submit official test results, and to receive a placement in the correct level. 
  • Students can take a placement test at Mohawk College, or they can provide official test scores.
    • Scores must not be more than one year old.
    • Students may submit no more than two (2) approved English assessments per semester for placement in EAP. The same type of assessment may be submitted only one time.
    • If a student’s skill scores are very widely distributed or do not include a speaking score, an EAP professor will interview the student to refine placement.
    • We reserve the right to re-test any student whose in-person skills differ significantly from reported test scores.
  • We accept the following tests:
    • IELTS Academic (not a practice test)
    • iTEP Snapshot or Academic
    • TOEFL iBT
    • CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test) or CLB Certificate from a Ministry-approved language school
    • We accept Duolingo; however, students must share their full results (not just their certificate) with Mohawk College and must have an interview with EAP faculty to determine placement.
  • To support their success, students will usually be placed in an EAP semester according to lowest individual skill score, not overall score, using the chart below.
Graduate Certificate or Advanced Diploma EntryIELTS 6.5
no band below 6.0
3.9CLB 8
no CLB below 8
83 or 88
(program dependent)
no individual score below 105
Diploma Program EntryIELTS 6
no band below 5.5 or 6 (program dependent)
3.7CLB 7
no CLB below 7
no individual score lower than 100
EAP Semester 3
no band below 5.5
no score below 3.4
Overall CLB 6
no CLB below 6
46 – 7985-100
no score below 85
EAP Semester 2
Overall IELTS 4.5
no band below 4.5
no score below 2.9
Overall CLB 5
no CLB below 5
32 - 4570-80
no score below 70
EAP Semester 1
Overall IELTS 3.5
no band below 3.5
no score below 2.4
Overall CLB 4
no CLB below 4
TOEFL iBT does not differentiate between scores at 31 or less and cannot be used to differentiate between Pre-EAP and EAP 1.55-65
no score below 55
Pre-EAP FoundationsIELTS 2.5
no band below 2.5
no score below 1.9
Overall CLB 3
no CLB below 3
no score below 35

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*The Pre-EAP Foundations course is available to students who do not meet language requirements for the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program. Please contact or visit Pre-EAP Foundations for more information.

Note: All Mohawk College Diploma or Advanced Diploma programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent for entry. We strongly recommend that EAP students have a secondary school diploma or 10 years of formal education to enter EAP. This will allow them to meet (or more easily acquire) academic requirements for their next program.

Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$832.02$699.14$699.14
Co-op FeesN/AN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,015.52$1,015.52$1,015.52
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$1,847.54$1,714.66$1,714.66
Total 1st Year Fees$5,276.86

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2024 - 2025 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$6,059.32$5,926.44$5,926.44
Co-op FeesN/AN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$75.00N/AN/A
Total International Per Semester$6,134.32$5,926.44$5,926.44
Total 1st Year Fees$17,987.20

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions


Semester 1

22 hours per week

COMM 10389 - EAP Integrated Skills 1 (22 hours per week)
Develop low-intermediate (CEFR B1.1) English language skills. Apply vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency skills in mostly adapted texts and course communication. Write and edit sentences and paragraphs for routine life and academic communication. Apply listening skills to identify main and supporting points, record information, and participate in academic discussions. Apply speaking skills, including transitions, non-verbal communication strategies, and visual support in academic discussions and presentations.


Semester 2

22 hours per week

COMM 10390 - EAP Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation 2 (8 hours per week)
Develop oral/aural communication skills for general and academic topics at an intermediate (CEFR B1.2) level. Apply listening strategies to identify and respond to ideas and relationships between ideas in mostly adapted listening texts and some authentic materials. Apply grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and speaking strategies to express clear ideas in college life situations, pair or small-group themed discussions, and presentations.

COMM 10391 - EAP Writing & Grammar 2 (8 hours per week)
Develop writing skills for academic communication at an intermediate (CEFR B1.2) level. Integrate vocabulary and grammar skills to produce complex sentences that express a variety of relationships. Develop pre-writing, logical development, editing, and proofreading skills to produce clear, well-organized, and cohesive texts of up to three paragraphs in a variety of formats and rhetorical styles.

COMM 10392 - EAP Reading & Vocabulary 2 (6 hours per week)
Develop reading skills in adapted texts and some authentic materials on mostly academic topics at an intermediate (CEFR B1.2) level. Use context clues, inference, and affixation to develop vocabulary and comprehension. Employ active reading strategies and critical thinking skills to identify and respond to main and supporting ideas and relationships between ideas. Use information from texts to summarize and to interpret academic instructions, materials, and course communication.


Semester 3

21 hours per week (18 hrs + 3 hrs General Education elective)
Note: 24 hours per week if students take an optional field-specific course.

COMM 10393 - EAP Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation 3 (6 hours per week)
Develop academic listening and speaking skills at a high-intermediate (CEFR B2) level. Apply listening strategies to respond to adapted and authentic conversations and presentations on academic topics. Use advanced conversational strategies, such as interrupting or consensus-making, in group discussions. Use elements of pronunciation to clarify, enhance, and shift meaning. Deliver academic presentations with graphics and respond appropriately to questions and comments.

COMM 10394 - EAP Writing & Grammar 3 (6 hours per week)
Develop writing skills for academic purposes at a high-intermediate (CEFR B2) level. Refine control of complex sentence structure. Employ logical development and editing strategies for clarity and unity of message across several paragraphs of text in a variety of formats and rhetorical styles. Apply basic citation and reporting structures to acknowledge sources.

COMM 10395 - EAP Reading & Vocabulary 3 (6 hours per week)
Develop and refine academic reading skills in adapted and authentic texts on abstract and global topics at a high-intermediate (CEFR B2) level. Apply reading strategies, context clues, and knowledge of logical development to increase fluency. Analyse and respond to texts, decode instructions and inferences, and summarize key ideas. Develop vocabulary acquisition skills for independent learning in academic contexts.

SSCI 10077 – Cultural Norms @ Work (3 hours per week)
Compare Canadian social, academic and workplace behaviours to those around the globe. Identify how different cultural beliefs and values can help develop awareness of appropriate verbal and non-verbal norms utilized in different cultures. Apply intercultural communication strategies to be more successful in global business interactions and multi-cultural environments. Note: This course may be used as a General Education credit course in your next program.

Optional field-specific course (3 hours per week)
You may take an additional undergraduate course in your desired program or field of study. Contact an EAP Program Co-ordinator for details. NOTE: Subject to course, seat, and scheduling availability.

How you'll gain skills

  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits. For example, gather information through interactions at a local historical site, technology museum, factory, or nature conservation area, and reflect on your learning.
  • Experience interactive simulations to further develop course concepts. For example, participate in simulated interviews, appointments, debates, and other interactions to apply and develop communication skills for academic and community contexts.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.

Educational Pathways

Students who successfully complete Semester 3 of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program meet language requirements for admission to most diploma, advanced diploma, and graduate certificate programs in Ontario Colleges.

Please note: Some programs have additional admission requirements, such as secondary school math or science. A few programs with very high-level linguistic demands may require additional language levels or testing, such as IELTS or TOEFL, for admission. 

Please check the admission requirements carefully for your future program.

Program Coordinator


Contact us

Contact the EAP Team

Prasanthika Perera
EAP Support Officer
Email gallage.perera [at] (Prasanthika)
Languages: English and Sinhalese

Irene Walker
EAP Learning and Engagement Officer
Email irene.walker [at] (Irene)
Languages: English and basic French, Spanish, Taiwanese and Japanese

We’re here for you to support applications and admissions!
Contact eap [at] (eap[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) or call 905-575-2155 to get started!

Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Additional Information

Juliano Viudes Moraes

When I arrived in Canada, I was surprised by the barriers of the language. I didn't imagine that people spoke so fast and that it would be very difficult to understand and interact with others. However, when I started to study in EAP, I began to interact with other students from different nationalities, teachers and other staff. The EAP program prepared me for my post-secondary program of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant as I learned how to write formal, argumentative and persuasive essays and assignments, improved my reading strategies and critical thinking, practiced listening and note-taking techniques, and learned oral presentation skills. I felt more confident during and after each course and I am grateful for having excellent professors and multicultural friends. So, I strongly recommend you to come to Hamilton and study at Mohawk College’s EAP program. It will improve your communication skills, provide you multicultural friendships and also prepare you to be successful in other post-secondary programs.

Student: Juliano Viudes Moraes

Gabi with family

EAP is the start of a Canadian career journey for many students. Gabi Sulbaran is an award-winning graduate of the EAP Program who went on to complete her Graduate Certificate at Mohawk College, work in her field, and take on a position as Vice-Chair of our EAP Advisory Committee. She reports, "I feel so happy and blessed with my new job. I got a position as case manager in Ontario Works.... After I completed my postgraduate program in concurrent disorders, I started to work at YWCA in St. Catharines. I was an advocate there. Then after a year, I got the position as Senior Women’s Advocate.... I had the opportunity to empower women. Now I have the opportunity to work in the job that I always dreamed since I came to Canada. It was the job that many people had told me it was something impossible, but I worked on it and I got it."

Student: Gabi Sulbaran