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General Arts - English for Academic Purposes

Available: Winter, Fall

Program Description

The General Arts - English for Academic Purposes certificate program is designed for students for whom English is a second or additional language and who feel that they need to improve their language skills prior to beginning another college program or entering the workforce. It is also intended for students who have completed fewer than four years of instruction in an English-speaking secondary school. As a student in this program, you'll have opportunities to improve your speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in both language courses and career-oriented subjects. TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) certified faculty will use a variety of interactive and multimedia teaching methods that will enhance your learning experience while maximizing your ability to interact with others in a multi-culturally diverse learning environment. In addition, you'll be eligible to register in up to five credit courses which may be applied to future studies in any of Seneca's diploma programs. Upon successful completion of this program, you may apply to the diploma program of your choice.

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2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, you'll have the ability to:

  1. acquire effective and appropriate language skills in order to learn effectively, establish a framework for responsiveness, manage self and set personal and professional goals
  2. develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop oral and written communication competencies to a level required by business and industry
  3. evaluate arguments, separate fact and opinion, recognize points of view, acknowledge diverse values and identify implications and consequences at a level required to maximize career success in the chosen field of study
  4. examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society in order to function with personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences of vocational studies.

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or a mature applicant (19 years or older).
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to understand English at an ESL preparatory level through completion of high school ESL courses or one of the following:
    • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) 
    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment
    • Completion of a suitable level in a college English Language program
    • TOEFL paper-based, internet-based; IELTS; Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Seneca EWP100 - Writing Assessment and Placement
  • Applicants to diploma and certificate programs may be recommended English for Academic Purposes (GEA) based on the results of their Seneca English Pre-Admission test.
  • Please contact admissions for more information about qualifying for this program.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

[email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22608
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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Amanda Nowensky 416.491.5050 ext. 26447 [email protected]

Program Chair (Interim)

Maxine Britto 416.491.5050 ext. 26924 [email protected]

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network


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