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Learning through dialogue.

August 1: Join our English Language Institute (ELI) online information session. Register today. (external link, opens in new window) 

Improve your English in downtown Toronto

As a leader in high-quality English language education, we believe that the best learning is through dialogue. Our programs are designed for you to expand your vocabulary, find confidence in speaking and excel at writing – all while being in a supportive environment. Engage in the classroom and beyond, as you thrive in Canada’s most multicultural city. Complete a pathway program to upskill your English and meet the language requirements to directly enter an undergraduate program at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

It’s all here waiting for you at Toronto Metropolitan University's English Language Institute (ELI).


ELI program starts per year


IELTS score (or equivalent) minimum to enter a pathway program


undergraduate programs our pathways lead to

In April 2022, Ryerson University changed its name to Toronto Metropolitan University. Following the institution name change, The REAL Institute has been renamed as the Toronto Metropolitan University English Language Institute (ELI).


Pathways to undergraduate programs

English Boost Pathways

Excited to join your undergraduate program at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)? This is the fastest pathway option for students entering with an IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or 6.0.*

ESL Foundation Program Pathways

Looking for a supportive environment to improve your English while earning university credits? Build your confidence with this pathway option for students entering with an IELTS overall band score of 5.0 or 6.0.*

*We accept a variety of tests including IELTS, Duolingo and TOEFL iBT. Please review the English placement equivalencies table for the acceptable tests and scores to enter a program at the English Language Institute.


Short-term immersion programs

Immersive Language Programs

These short-term immersion programs are designed for guidance counsellors and education agencies travelling with a group of students. Improve English language skills through an unforgettable experience in downtown Toronto.

Ready to apply?

Complete this form if you are interested in learning more about our English language pathway programs. You'll be added to our mailing list and receive relevant information about everything you need to unlock your potential at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Toronto Metropolitan University ("the University") collects personal information under the authority of the  (PDF file) University Act and in accordance with the University Notice of Collection for international recruitment and other related purposes. The University will collect, use, disclose, and protect your personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information by Toronto Metropolitan University, please contact the English Language Institute, 424 Yonge St, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2H3,