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Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) (Term 2)

Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) (Term 2)

Develop the English language skills and proficiencies to excel in your graduate studies

Next Enrolment

September 3rd




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Gain the language and strategies you need to apply, attend and excel in graduate studies programs in English.

What is the Graduate Studies Preparation Program?

The Graduate Studies Preparation Program is designed to help you adjust to the North American university environment, allowing you to achieve success in a graduate academic environment, and preparing for the IELTS, GRE/GMAT scores needed for graduate admission. Some of the English Language Institute’s well-established network of university and college contacts accept successful completion of the Graduate Studies Preparation Program to satisfy the language requirements of most programs. Students can take the Graduate Studies Preparation Program in two Terms (Term 1 and 2) or join Term 2 directly depending on their language proficiency (see requirements below).

What you will learn

Within four or eight months, the Graduate Studies Preparation Program will improve your English language proficiency to a graduate school level (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5) and help you to apply to graduate studies at Canadian or American universities.

Program Features

Through this program, you will receive support as you work to achieve your academic goals, such as online and face-to-face professional advisory sessions about graduate school applications and pathways.

Students who have successfully completed this program have secured admission to world-famous graduate programs, including those at the Schulich School of Business, McGill University, and the University of Toronto.

Program Length:

  • Language Proficiency and Program Length:
    Entering with IELTS 5.5: 8 months (Terms 1 and 2); Entering with IELTS 6.5: 4 months (Term 2)

Online class size: Maximum 18 students
Online class hours/week: 20 hours
Start dates: September, January, or May


Learn more about the English Language Institute

Who should take this program?

The Graduate Studies Preparation Program is designed for international students who seek to apply and attend graduate studies programs in English.

To view all English Language Institute preparation programs, visit our Proficiency Pathway table.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree is required. Students must submit proof of undergraduate degree completion at application.

Language Proficiency and Program Length

4 months (Term 2):
You need one of the following:

  • IELTS score 6.5
  • Completion of Level AP8/AP9
  • PTE Academic 60
Accredited by Languages Canada

Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) (Term 2)

Fall 2024



Policies & More Information

Online Delivery

GSPP’s new online program delivery, with expert instructors and best online teaching practices and materials, continues to provide Canada’s most comprehensive graduate school preparation from the comfort of your own home. Classes will be structured in a flipped 75% virtual face-to-face and 25% self-study framework, optimizing student-teacher interaction and the progression of graduate school skills.


You will need a computer with reliable, high-speed internet and a camera and microphone. An e-mail account, internet library access, and textbooks are included in the tuition fee.

Out-of-class Timetable

The University Life program provides a range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Conversation Partners
  • Virtual campus activities with other members of the York community
  • Online workshops on university life skills, including topics such as time management skills, applying for admission, and testing strategies
Enrolment Changes, Cancellations and Refunds

Please refer to our Deferral, Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Contact Us

Ask us anything about this program and we’ll get back to you within 2 business days.