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Program Overview 

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Culture: Globally minded, instructive
Neighborhood: Cosmopolitan, diverse
Housing: Homestay
English level: Beginner - intermediate

Residing in the largest city in Canada, the University of Toronto offers a multicultural community to all students. Its commitment to fostering learning and helping every student flourish is evident in the small classes and attentive staff.

With more than 50 years of experience teaching English as a second language, SAF Scholars who choose to study English language at the University of Toronto will enroll in a program that has a global reputation for excellence. The English language program has a dedicated student lounge and computer lab facility, classrooms are equipped with modern academic technology and courses are designed to strengthen students’ skills in the four main components of language–reading, writing, listening and speaking. SAF Scholars will:

  • Improve academic listening and reading skills and strategies
  • Get to know the academic culture of a western university
  • Produce complex and well-developed writing
  • Interact in an academic setting with confidence
  • Improve communication skills in writing and speaking

The main downtown campus (St. George) is perfectly situated and connected to all parts of the city through the outstanding public transportation. Students attending U of T use these opportunities to explore and enjoy the city itself. The diversity of the population of students is apparent, with more than 15,000 of them being international students.

Ranked as one of the best places to live in the world, Toronto is both the largest city in Canada as well as one of the most diverse. With half of the population being born outside of the country, Toronto is a place where more than 100 languages are spoken.

Student Profile

This a great program for SAF Scholars who want to strengthen their English skills while living in a diverse and engaging city and being a part of a highly-regarded university.

Other Programs at University

There are no other University of Toronto programs available at this time.

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Semester (August – December)
Fall + Winter (August – March)
Fall + Spring (August – June)
Spring + Summer (March – August)
Spring + Summer + Fall (March – December)
Spring + Summer + Fall + Winter (March – March)

Program Strengths

SAF Scholars can enjoy personalized support in their educational pursuits while experiencing life in the largest city in Canada. The academic English focus has a curriculum that takes a theme-based integrated skills approach to using authentic texts. Students will engage in academic tasks and project-based learning that develops their ability to express themselves and successfully interact in a university setting.

Learning beyond the classroom takes place in the on-line learning portal, where students have access to texts, resources and materials that can extend their learning. In addition to formal learning, students have the opportunity to participate in the weekly “Conversation Café” with staff, faculty and students.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

16 hours

Number of Levels


Elective Courses Offered


Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options at Toronto.

Housing Type



Homestay families provide SAF Scholars with the opportunity to eat 2 meals with them per day. Normally, this is breakfast and dinner. Scholars are then responsible for providing their own lunches. At their own expense, scholars may purchase meal plans through the University of Toronto.

Type of Room

Homestay room
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

Students can volunteer with local organizations and groups to meet locals, work on their English skills, and gain skills in their areas of interest. For those interested in writing, there are opportunities to be published online and in print through the student magazine and blog.
There are extra-curricular activities that have been designed to improve English skills. Previous events have included sports clubs, music and karaoke nights, and the Conversation Café in the English PLUS course.

Life on Campus

Cultural Assistants are on staff at U of T and help SAF Scholars become familiar with life on campus and in Toronto. Toronto is a large city with plenty of activities and events for every interest and taste. Public transportation is very popular and an easy way to see the city and get around the different areas. Trips to the Blue Jay’s baseball games, museums and camping are all popular activities.
Last Updated: 1/9/19