The LEAF program provides training in academic English to help prepare you for your future studies. The LEAF program also helps orient you to life in Canada and the academic culture of Laurier.
To determine which level is best suited to you, submit your IELTS or TOEFL score to the LEAF program. Once you successfully complete Level 5 of LEAF, you can begin your undergraduate studies.
If you have received a conditional offer of admission to Laurier, you will be required to complete a course for credit during Level 5 of the LEAF program. This will help you get a head start on your progress towards a degree, while also completing your LEAF program requirements. This course will be taught by a Laurier professor from our Faculty of Liberal Arts and will feature a lecture, as well as a weekly tutorial. Students taking this course in the Fall or Winter terms will have the opportunity to enrol in the course alongside other Laurier undergraduate students.
Our LEAF instructors are highly qualified ESL instructors with experience teaching around the world and throughout Canada. Our courses focus on English and are designed to prepare you for successful undergraduate studies. Features of our curriculum include:
You will take the following core courses:
You will also take additional courses, including:
The LEAF Program is offered at Laurier’s Brantford campus, a small and friendly campus located in the heart of downtown Brantford. The campus is integrated into the downtown core of the city, giving you the opportunity to practice your English by interacting with locals in addition to other university students.
In addition to improving your English, you are prepared for academic study using our “Laurier Readiness” criteria, which include completing assignments and arriving to class on time, speaking English and participating in group discussions, seeking out opportunities to improve your English, and reflecting on your learning.
You can start your studies in the LEAF program in any one of the following four terms.
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