Programs & Courses

English for Academic Purposes

About the Program

This English as a Second Language program (EAP-I) helps international students develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to enter an academic program at Medicine Hat College or at another college or university.

A strong focus on English language skills will help you achieve a language proficiency test score that will allow you to enrol in the degree program of your choice. This is the ideal program if you plan to attend MHC on a visa but need to improve your English as a condition of acceptance, or provide proof of English proficiency before beginning studies.

You will also develop the academic communication skills, academic writing and reading techniques, research and information gathering skills, and study skills necessary to succeed in an English academic environment.

Upon completion of EAP, students can enter directly into most of MHC’s academic programs without the need for further English proficiency exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

The EAP program includes 4 levels:

  • EAPI 079 Intermediate

  • EAPI 089 Low Advanced

  • EAPI 099 Advanced

  • EAPI 199 Bridging

For more information about our program and services, please visit our International Education page.

Not what you’re looking for?
MHC also offers ESLC for New Canadians (ESLC), and Language for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).


2020-2021 Update

The EAP program will take place fully online and students are not required to visit campus. The online program combines live virtual classroom lessons and activities with independent learning. Students will be expected to attend interactive, live virtual classes at times that accommodate both students and instructors. Online classes will consider time zones to accommodate all students. There will be opportunities for group work and live chats and discussions. Instructors will also provide “office” hours outside of class for one-on-one support and feedback to students.

Contact Us

International Education

299 College Drive SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 3Y6  Canada

Tel: 403-529-3819
Fax: 403-502-8494
Email: info@mhc.ab.ca

What does our EAP-I program offer?

  • Several levels of instruction to meet your needs and abilities.
  • Three 13 week semesters per year
  • Flexible intakes
  • 24 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Regular excursions and activities outside the classroom
  • Small class sizes, maximum of 15 students per class
  • Dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified instructors
  • Personalized service and support
  • Assistance with admissions and registration
  • Opportunities to experience Canadian culture

EAPI 079 Intermediate
EAPI 089 Low Advanced
EAPI 099 Advanced
EAPI 199 Bridging

For more information about studying at Medicine Hat College as an international student check out our International Students page.

Our English for Academic Purposes students will receive 24 hours of classroom instruction per week comprised of the following classes:

  • Reading/Literature
  • Writing/Essay
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening
  • Conversation
  • Grammar
  • Film Studies

After successfully completing Medicine Hat College’s EAPI 099 or EAPI 199, students may apply to be accepted into Medicine Hat College certificate, diploma, applied degree or university transfer programs. All other academic entrance requirements of the program must be met prior to acceptance. Some programs maybe competitive or be limited in the number of seats available. Students should become familiar with the admission requirements by reading the Admission section of the calendar, or connecting with an Academic Advisor.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.

Have you always wanted to study abroad?

Enhance your education, share in cultural diversity and embrace new experiences. Visit the INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAM section to find out more.