English as a Second Language

TESL Centre

‌The Language Centre at Saint Mary’s

Improve your English at one of the leading English language centres in Canada. Achieve your language goals, whether for university, work or travel, by enrolling in one of our English language programs. We offer a variety of language and cultural courses throughout the year.


Upon successful completion of UBP or EAP 5, and EAP 6, TLC students will now receive up to 6 transfer credit hours towards a Saint Mary’s University degree.  Effective Fall 2016.

Our Programs

Our programs are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This allows you to talk about your level in a way that will be understood all over the world.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Prepare yourself for university success.

University Bridging Program (UBP): Experience up to two university credit courses while learning English and get a head start on your degree.

English for Personal and Professional Communication (EPPC): Build the skills you need to work, travel, study, and make friends.

One Month Immersion (IMM): Jump into learning English by participating in a full month of exciting cultural and recreational activities.

Find Your Path to University

If you’re planning to go to an English-speaking university, get a head start by taking your ESL classes at the TESL Centre on the Saint Mary’s campus. Find out which path you should take to get the English skills you need to be successful at university.

Be a Part of the University Community

At The Language Centre, learning English doesn’t stop when classes end for the day. We organize a wide range of social and cultural activities after class and on the weekends so that you can make new friends, see Nova Scotia and practice your English with Canadians.

A Rewarding Career

Interested in teaching ESL? We can help with that too. If you’re looking for an introduction to teaching, our TESL Certificate and Diploma courses could be for you.

Learn more about The Language Centre.

The Language Centre, Saint Mary’s University, is licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia to provide language training to international students. It is bound by the rules and regulations established by the province of Nova Scotia, Labour and Advanced Education. For specific information, please follow the links below.