Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ pertains only to the full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
Funding for ESL
- Determine if you are eligible for funding
- Apply online for NAIT's English as a Second Language Program and make your Placement test appointment
- Create a myNAIT portal account and check the results of your placement test
- Apply for funding
- Receive funding letter in the mail (it will come to your home address)
- Register in person for ESL classes in the Continuing Education Welcome Centre (room L159) NAIT Main Campus.
- Attend Orientation and then begin classes.
How many levels are there?NAIT offers six levels of ESL instruction
- High beginner to intermediate (levels 1, 2, & 3)
- English for Academic Purposes (levels 4, 5 & 6)
When can I start?ESL offers three 15 week intakes per year:
- Spring: May 7 – August 16, 2018
- Fall: September 4 – December 13, 2018
- Winter: January 7 – April 25, 2019
- For best results, we recommend continuous enrollment until students have successfully completed the program.
- Students who successfully complete all three Level 6 courses meet NAIT’s English Language Proficiency admission requirements for most NAIT programs.
What is the class schedule?Terms are 15 weeks in length
- Morning schedule: 8:00 am - 11:50 pm (full-time)
- Afternoon schedule 12:00 pm - 3:50 pm (full-time)
- Schedule selection is subject to availability
Please note: Levels 1 & 2 are only offered in the afternoon
What is the difference between full-time and part-time?
- Full-time students study three courses for four hours each day: Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, and Reading and Vocabulary
- Part-time students can choose to study one or two courses each day
- Full-time and part-time students study Monday to Friday
How long is the program?
- Program length is individual and will depend on your learning goals and starting level.
- If you want to apply to a NAIT Program: Once you take the Placement Test, you will know how many terms you need to reach Level 6, NAIT's English Language Proficiency Requirement.
- For work or everyday life: You decide your goals and how many terms you need. Contact us for more information.
Can I study in Spring/Summer?
Yes, our program runs year-round. 15-week terms start in Fall, Winter, and Spring. For best results, we recommend continuous enrollment until students have successfully completed the program.