English Language Centre


Located in the Greater Toronto Area at Durham College Oshawa Campus, The English Language Centre (ELC) provides a language pathway for students who meet the academic requirements for admission to Durham College but require additional English language training. Qualified students will receive conditional admission to their Durham College diploma or certificate program at the same time as they receive admission to the ELC.


  • Seven levels to develop the competencies needed for academic programs at Durham College
  • Out-of-class learning activities
  • English only environment
  • Conversation groups, cultural and social activities, optional field trips and activities
  • Eight (8) weeks (175 hours total) for each level
  • 25 hours a week minimum
  • Small classes averaging 14 students
  • Six start dates offered every year
  • Peer-mentorship program
  • Students will be placed according to the results of the placement test that will be performed at the English Language Centre upon their arrival
    • Our Levels:
      • All of our levels lasts eight (8) weeks and students can quickly progress from level to level as they improve their English proficiency
      • PRE EAP > EAP-1000 >EAP 2000 > EAP 3000 > EAP 4000 > EAP 5000 > EAP 6000

How Students Transition to Durham College:

  • EAP- 4000:When students successfully finish EAP-4000, Direct entry to most Diploma and Certificate programs
  • EAP- 5000:When students successfully finish EAP-5000, Direct Entry to Durham College Graduate Certificate programs
  • EAP- 6000:When students successfully finish EAP -6000, Direct Entry to Practical Nursing and Communicative Disorders Program


  • Apply  > Conditional Admission >English for Academic Purposes > Begin your Durham College Program
    • Apply using our application portal at durhamcollege.ca/internationalapplication
    • Receive a Conditional Letter of Admission for your Durham College Program
    • Receive your Letter of Admission for your ELC program
    • Study at ELC and pass the appropriate level
    • Begin your studies at Durham College


Tuition: $2,653 per level
U-Pass: $135 per level
Health Insurance: $126 per level
Infrastructure and service enhancements $43.37
Athletic Complex Membership: $9.17 per level
Campus Access and Safety: $34.99 per level
Intramurals: $2.59 per level
Test fee: $25 per level
Total $3029.12


Up to three English Language Centre students bound for Durham College will be eligible for a one-time scholarship of $500, $1000 or $1500 for each Durham College intake.  The determination of the recipients will be made by the ELC and communicated with the student name, DC student number and amount of scholarship to the DC Senior International Admissions Officer (Johnene Milan).  In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must have paid their full fees for their first semester of study at DC by the due date provided on their Durham College Letter of Acceptance. The scholarship will be awarded to the student after their 10thday of classes in their DC program.

There is no application process for this scholarship.