How to Apply and Enrol to ESL

All Fall courses will only be offered online.​​


1. Before you apply

If you have a NAIT ID number, have it ready.

Have your passport and credit card ready.

  • International Students check Study permit Processing time before selecting a start term.
  • Domestic Students check Alberta Works Funding application deadlines before selecting a start term.
  • Refugees and Protected Persons, please contact before applying.


2. Fill Out Application

Create your Student Profile. Record your User Name, Password, and NAIT ID.

Select one (1) term start date.

Pay non-refundable deposit. ($60 for Domestic students and $1000 for International students)

Book your Placement Test.

Get your Letter.



3. Placement Test

Take the online Placement Test.

This test determines your ESL starting level.


ESL Starting Level

Length of term

Number of terms to complete Level 6

Total number of months


4 months




4 months




4 months




4 months




4 months




4 months




4. Enrol in ESL classes

Enrol in classes.

Pay tuition.

Start classes.

Apply to ESL

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ pertains only to the full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Funding for ESL

  1. Determine if you are eligible for Alberta Works Funding.
  2. Apply online for NAIT's English as a Second Language Program and make your Placement test appointment
  3. Create a MyNAIT portal account and check the results of your placement test
  4. Apply for funding
  5. Receive funding letter in the mail (it will come to your home address)
  6. Register in person for ESL classes in the Continuing Education Welcome Centre (room L159).
  7. 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:

Winter 2019: January 3 - April 23, 2020

Spring 2020: May 11 – August 21, 2020

Fall 2020: September 8 – December 18, 2020

Winter 2021: January 5 – April 23, 2021

  • For best results, we recommend continuous enrolment 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 am (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 enrolment until students have successfully completed the program.

General program information, including information about Placement Tests


Tel: 780.471.7499

Toll Free: 1.877.333.6248

Continuing Education Welcome Centre

L159 L - Continuing Education and Industry Training Centre

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