About the Program

The IEL program is offered by the Global Academy and Carleton’s academic faculties and expert ESL professionals using the latest research-informed teaching methods. This intensive program helps students and professionals achieve results – from basic introduction to English to advanced, academic and work-relevant communication.

Every student in the program will work with at least one mentor, a regular university student who will provide individual help with language development, working with you on specific language points such as pronunciation, writing, listening and speaking, specific areas of language use, whatever you want or need. The mentor will also provide support in cross cultural awareness, acculturation to university life, and more. Our mentors are all studying to be English teaching experts, and are Masters or PhD students.

Program Description

Duration: 4 weeks

Class Schedule: 5 hrs daily, Monday-Thursday, 3 hrs Fridays

The program is designed for professionals who need to improve English proficiency or need to attain particular CAEL, IELTS, TOEIC or TOEFL scores. Program content and structure will vary according to the levels and the needs of students.

  • The program offers 23 hours of English instruction per week with students enrolled in classes according to criteria agreed upon in advance with Carleton University, which also includes visits to places of interest in Ottawa such as museums and galleries.
  • The primary emphasis is on real-life communication in English, developed through a wide range of activities and experiences. There is a balance among the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a particular focus on spoken language throughout the program.
  • The program is appropriate for university preparation for those who are working towards regular university study. The program prepares you for entry to Carleton’s Foundation Program – ESLA (see details: https://carleton.ca/slals/credit-esl/) . The Intensive program curriculum is linked to the ESLA curriculum, and a semester or two of Intensive Program study should enable you to reach the entrance standard for ESLA, which enables you to begin taking university credits.


Upon successful completion of the internship, students will receive a certificate of completion from the Global Academy at Carleton University.

Program Fee

For an average 4 week professional development program including accommodations, the fee is approximately $3,750.00. Without accommodations, the program is $2,750.00.

A non-refundable application fee in the amount C$100 + HST is required to apply for any program. To continue, please email GlobalAcademy@cunet.carleton.ca.