The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) will comprehensively prepare you for graduate studies.
- takes students from IELTS 5.5 to receiving a graduate school offer in 8 months
- improves the English language skills needed to a graduate-level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5)
- offers conditional admission to Master’s Programs through its international partnerships
- has secured admission to world-famous graduate programs , including those at McGill University, the Schulich School of Business, the University of Toronto, and many others worldwide
- prepares program participants to quickly achieve the required graduate school test scores (IELTS, GRE/GMAT)
- has a well-established network of North American university contacts to streamline applications
- offers professional advisory sessions about graduate school applications/pathways
- acculturates students to the North American university environment
- has access to qualified immigration path advisors
- runs for eight months, with intakes in September, January, and May, and is divided into two terms of 16 weeks each, with 20 classroom hours per week
- has direct entry options for Term I (IELTS 5.5) and Term II (IELTS 6.5)
The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) will improve your English language proficiency to a graduate school level (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5) and help you to enrol in graduate studies at any Canadian or American university.
The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)
- takes students from IELTS 5.5 to receiving a graduate school offer in 8 months
- has conditional admission pathway agreements to Master’s Programs with international universities
- has a well-established network of North American and global graduate school contacts to streamline applications
- has secured admission for GSPP students to world-famous graduate programs, including those at McGill University, the Schulich School of Business, The University of Toronto, and many others worldwide
- has achieved great success in quickly and dramatically improving our students’ IELTS scores, consistently outperforming non-GSPP students
- prepares students for GRE/GMAT
- focuses on the English language skills needed for day-to-day graduate-school assignments and situations
- arranges visits by graduate program administrators, professors and graduate students to help develop relevant communication skills and new contacts
Since 2010, Graduate Studies Preparation Program participants have earned offers of admission to graduate programs at, amongst others, the following universities:
- York University (Toronto, Canada)
- The University of Alberta (Alberta, Canada)
- The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
- The University of Bath (U.K.)
- Bishop’s University (Quebec, Canada)
- Brock University (Ontario, Canada)
- Carleton University (Ontario, Canada)
- Carnegie-Mellon University (U.S.A.)
- Claremont Graduate University (California, U.S.A.)
- Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
- The University of Essex (U.K.)
- The University of Glasgow (Scotland)
- Hofstra University (New York, U.S.A.)
- Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada)
- The University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada)
- Massey University (New Zealand)
- McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
- McMaster University (Ontario, Canada)
- OCAD University (Ontario, Canada)
- The University of New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Canada)
- The University of Northern British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)
- The University of North Carolina-Charlotte (U.S.A.)
- The University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
- Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada)
- The University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
- The Rochester Institute of Technology (New York, U.S.A.)
- Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
- St. Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada)
- The University of Sheffield (U.K.)
- Sheffield Hallam University (U.K.)
- The University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
- The University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
- The University of Western Ontario (now Western University)(Ontario, Canada)
- The University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
- The University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
Note: this program was formerly known as the Pre-Graduate Preparation Program (YP3).
York University admissions accept certificates from the York University English Language Institute Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) as equivalent to the following IELTS scores for language proficiency:
|GSPP Pass||IELTS 6.5|
|GSPP Honours||IELTS 7.0|
|GSPP Distinction||IELTS 7.5|
Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term I Courses
- IELTS Preparation
- Academic Communication I
- Applying to Graduate School I
- GRE/GMAT MOOC
Academic Communication I (ACI) is designed to build language and communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), language learning strategies, and research and documentation skills to a graduate level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5).
IELTS Preparation: One key Graduate Studies Preparation Program difference is its approach to preparation for the IELTS test. Graduate Studies Preparation Program students consistently outperform the average IELTS candidate in terms of scores achieved for the amount of class time spent in test preparation. Based on a thorough understanding of how the IELTS exam is constructed and the skills it tests, our qualified instructors will give you detailed and practical strategies for approaching the exam.
Term I classes then take these strategies and apply them to tasks you will face in graduate school, in lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, while connecting these strategies to a broader understanding of the North American university environment.
Applying to Graduate School (AGS) not only provides customized advisory pathway clinics but also graduate school application preparation sessions. In addition, the course introduces strategies for surviving the graduate school experience, as well as preparing candidates for future teaching assistant assignments and their future careers. GSPP has access to qualified immigration advisors.
An online GRE/GMAT Module is available to guide students and improve their test scores
Direct Entry Option: students with an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, or the equivalent TOEFL score, have the option to enter directly into Term II.
Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term II Courses
- Academic Communications
- Graduate School Writing
- Applying to Graduate School II (AGS II)
- IELTS, GRE/GMAT clinic
Term II coursework focuses on the English language skills needed to communicate effectively with graduate program administrators, professors, and graduate students (people who are frequent visitors to the GSPP) about day-to-day graduate school tasks.
Academic Communication II focuses on the language and communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), language learning strategies, and research and documentation skills to a graduate level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5).
Throughout the Academic Communication II course, participants will investigate concepts and language relevant to both academic topics in general and to their specific disciplines or fields of study. They will work to articulate in English the intellectual issues they encounter and relate these issues to other texts, to their own and others’ experience, and to areas of their own and others’ academic and professional expertise.
Graduate School Writing is designed to prepare students to research, draft, and revise varied types of research papers to prepare them for their different graduate school programs; The Graduate School Writing Coursework includes a narrative literature review, a paper in IMRAD form, and an Ethnography assignment, culminating in a final capstone project.
Applying to Graduate School II (AGS II) not only provides customized advisory pathway clinics but also graduate school application preparation sessions. In addition, the course introduces strategies for surviving the graduate school experience, as well as preparing candidates for future teaching assistant assignments and their future careers. GSPP has access to qualified immigration advisors.
IELTS, GRE/GMAT – following on from Term I’s courses and resources, this customized clinic identifies and addresses the remaining needs of GSPP students in regard to these tests.
For participants bound for graduate programs that require GRE or GMAT for Business Administration, Management, Management Science, and Finance, Graduate Studies Preparation Program also offers test preparation workshops.
As with IELTS preparation, the program’s GRE/GMAT component offers an effective, skills-based approach that is best built at an English-speaking university campus. Graduate Studies Preparation Program graduates have gone on to a variety of graduate programs that require a completed GRE or GMAT test, particularly MBA programs that require GMAT scores of 550 and above for admission.
Jagrati Chauhan, MA, PhD, TESL Diploma
Jagrati has taught in post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities in Canada and India. She has also presented at various conferences and conducted webinars. She enjoys having the opportunity to further expand her knowledge of technology enhanced pedagogies and introduce a variety of different teaching and learning activities to better reflect the cultural diversity of the English Language Institute students.
Lindsey Gutt, B.A., B.Ed., B.Lit., M.Ed.
Besides writing a number of EFL textbooks, Lindsey has taught ESL / EFL and assisted with curriculum development through teacher training in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Canada since 1992. Lindsey has also presented at a number of conferences in Canada and abroad. One of Lindsey’s favourite parts of teaching at the English Language Institute is that it is in Canada. Originally an immigrant herself, she has come to learn how wonderfully vibrant, exciting, invigorating, respectful and peaceful Canada is.
Yuliya Miakisheva, M.A., TESOL
Yuliya has taught ESL and EFL in Canada, U.S., and Europe at university level. She has also presented at a number of language and education conferences including TESL Ontario, TESL Canada, TESOL, and NAFSA. She enjoys having the opportunity to help English Language Institute students improve their English language skills along with the understanding of North American culture in their pursuit of academic and professional opportunities away from home.
John Quinn, BA Hons., TESL Cert., MA Applied Linguistics
John has worked in his home country of England, Australia, and Canada designing, developing, and teaching curricula for students, instructors, and business executives in a wide variety of EAP and ESP programs. John applies his experience and education to foster the academic, linguistic, communicative, and personal growth of students in a creative, interactive, experiential, and challenging way.
Adam Saleh, MA, TEFL
Adam has worked in different leading universities in Canada and overseas, and he had papers presented in more than 12 local and international conferences. He really enjoys being in a class that is almost a miniature of the United Nations; everyone is different but they all have one goal: to think, work and learn independently, but together.
Kareen Sharawy, BA, TESL, MATEFL
Kareen has taught in post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations in Canada, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and has presented in multiple international conferences since 2002. She enjoys accompanying her students on the journey of lifelong learning and empowerment through experiential learning. She has a passion for test preparation, university skills, and using technology in a friendly and an enjoyable multicultural environment.
Johanathan Woodworth, BSc, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics
Johan has taught in top post-secondary institutions in Canada and Asia. He has presented in local and international conferences and is published in various journals and magazines in the field of ESL. He enjoys fostering the ‘eureka’ moment in students’ learning process, where everything fits together. He also enjoys nurturing acceptance and tolerance in his classrooms.
GSPP classes will run for 4 hours per day, 20 hours a week, for 16 weeks each in both Terms I and II.
Term 1: 4 months
Term 2: 4 months
Start Times: September, January and May
All applicants must have proof of successful completion of an undergraduate degree and satisfy the following language proficiency levels.
Term 1: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and AP6 completion or equivalent
Term 2: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent and AP9 completion
|Fall 2018||EL/3891 Graduate Studies Preparation Program (Sep 04, 2018 – Apr 26, 2019)||$16,095.00||Apply|
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- Online: Available sessions
- Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
- Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
York University English Language Institute
Suite 035 Founders College
4700 Keele Street
M3J 1P3 CANADA
- English Language Institute Application Fee: $200.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
- Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $350.00.
- Deposit of $5,000.00 (non-refundable) is required to complete your registration and receive a Letter of Acceptance.
If you are unable to join the first day of the course, please immediately contact us in order to find out the last possible day to attend the program. Attendance deadlines do apply.
*Fees subject to change
- Placement Fee: $200.00 (one-time only, non-refundable).
- Homestay includes three meals a day.
- You may apply for residence if you are between the ages of 18 and 29.
- Residence includes a meal plan, except during the summer months (May – August).
Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.
In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/