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Welcome to Trent-ESL!


Trent- ESL: English for University is a fully accredited member of Languages Canada.

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You’re closer to your degree than you think!

Learning Academic English at Trent is more than studying ESL. Be part of an exceptional university. Learn English as you experience Trent’s vibrant campus culture. Meet your fellow students from around the world. Also start interacting with the faculty.

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Once you join our community...

With Trent-ESL, your English proficiency develops as you begin your Trent University experience. Become part of our learning community and realize that your combined experience of Trent-ESL and campus living sets the stage for your undergraduate success at Trent.  


What makes Trent-ESL special?

  • A customized curriculum that focuses on your final goal: success in undergraduate and/or graduate study.
  • Outstanding instructors. All full-time ESL faculty hold an M.A., M.Ed. or both. All instructors are TESL certified and have many years of ESL teaching experience from all over the world.
  • Opportunities to advance: our placement process for new students is responsive to your English abilities over time; the decision is not only based on test results.
  • Two campuses for study: choose Peterborough or Oshawa for your ESL and degree experience.
  • Specialized Language Application classes to provide experience and knowledge to  language beyond the typical skills-based lessons.

Did you know?

  • Trent-ESL classes average 13 students per class.
  • We offer 4 intake terms: September, January, April and June.
  • Trent-ESL launched programs at the Oshawa campus in September 2010.
  • Students in the upper levels of Trent-ESL can take credit courses to start their degree while in ESL.
  • Students can be placed directly in Level 4 and Level 5 of our ESL program without taking a placement test upon presenting the following results:

For Level  4

IELTS: 5.5 overall, with a 5.5 in writing



For Level 5

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with a 6.0 in writing



Please note that individual TOEFL bands may be taken into account for placement into Level 4 and 5