Office of International Affairs

Summer ESL

English as a Second Language (ESL)

For students (high school or undergraduate) who want to improve their English in an English-speaking environment at a Global Top 100 university. Our 4-week program will be offered July 7th - August 4th, 2019. Read below for more information on this program as well as our 3-week and 2-week programs. 

Summer ESL Students

Summer ESL Students

  • 30 hours a week of language instruction (15 hours in class, 15 hours practical application per week)
  • instruction includes grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, and conversation
  • highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • small, friendly classes for individual attention
  • afternoon tutorials taught and facilitated by McMaster English graduate students
  • initial placement test (from placement test, classes are organized by age, English level and a balanced mix of students from different countries)
  • welcome and graduation ceremony
  • competitive program fees
  • accommodation on campus in university residence
  • use of university facilities and services, including Wi-Fi
  • visits to local historic and scenic sites
  • full schedule of organized excursions and recreational activities (a three-day sight-seeing trip to Quebec/Thousand Islands, is an optional extra)
  • final assessment and achievement report
ESL Students in Residence

ESL Students in Residence

  • To improve oral and listening English skills
  • To increase fluency with English reading and writing skills
  • To enhance formal and practical English skills
  • To introduce Canadian culture and history in a fun and informative way
ESL Students at Hamilton Beach

ESL Students at Hamilton Beach

Our Intensive English Summer Programs are designed for pre-university and university students abroad who would like to combine a high quality English language development program with an intercultural experience. Classroom activities integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at an appropriate level from beginner to advanced.

In addition to in-class ESL instruction, students will enjoy activities in small groups led by McMaster University students. These activities will be both educational and fun, helping to apply and improve students' language abilities while introducing them to different aspects of Canadian life. Activities range from organized sports, to trips to the mall, movie theatres or restaurants, where students will have maximum opportunity to practice their English in real-life settings.

Students will also be able to experience Canada's beautiful outdoors, with trips to local provincial parks, and places of special scenic interest such as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Trips will be arranged to Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum and other places of interest.

ESL Program Dates Fee (CAD)

4 week

July 7 - August 4, 2019 $4,200

3 week

July 14 - August 4, 2019 $3,800

2 week

July 21 - August 4, 2019 $3,300

3 Week (Intensive)

August 1 - August 23, 2019 $3,600

OPTION:  Eastern Canada Trip: (based on double occupancy)

$500

Program fees include: tuition, meal card, accommodation, excursions, airport pick-up and drop-off, access to recreational facilities, and university health insurance.

Payment Information: A non-refundable deposit of CAD$300.00 must accompany the application form. The deposit should be in the form of a certified Bank Cheque or Money Order payable to McMaster University. The balance must be paid one month before the beginning of the program.

For information on current fees, please see the application form.

Customized Summer Programs

We offer a variety of customized programs for university students at the undergraduate and graduate level and for university faculty. These programs combine specialized instruction in subject areas in the fields of Health Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Business with an optional English (ESL) & Cultural Immersion pre-course section. The program length can be customized from 1-4 weeks. Most customized programs are scheduled between second week of July to the second week of August. Please be aware that although we do accept individual students for these programs, we typically create the programs to fit the needs of university student or faculty groups. We currently offer programs in e-Health, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Problem-Based Learning (with Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine) – see details below. Please contact us for more information or to discuss your customized program interests.

This popular program provides participants with an opportunity to learn essential concepts in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, including: Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification, Leadership for Innovation, Enterprise Opportunity Development, and Business Launch and Development. The program culminates in a Start-up Pitch Competition which will provide awards to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners.
The pre-course section includes 1-2 weeks of intensive English practice with an emphasis on developing a strong foundation of English language skills relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation topics.
Participants should be current university students at the graduate or senior undergraduate level. Our programs are taught by expert McMaster faculty and the program is readily applicable to fields of engineering, design and business.

This program offers an intensive introduction to e-Health, including lectures and discussions on topics such as Health Research Methods, Health Policy, Health Economics, Public & Population Health, Health Informatics, Health Technology Assessment and Health Data Mining and applications for AI. The program culminates in each student developing a presentation of a process map which demonstrates their understating of e-Health concepts, specifically by detailed explanation of the role of selected e-health technologies in patient “care paths”.
The pre-course section includes 1-2 weeks of intensive English practice with an emphasis on developing a strong foundation of English language skills relevant to e-health and health policy.
Participating students should be at the graduate or senior undergraduate level in the health sciences, medical or related fields. The program is taught by a team of expert McMaster faculty from the fields of Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Business.

This programs offers a 1-2 week introduction to Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a globally adopted pedagogy for medical education first developed at McMaster University. It includes lectures and discussions on the concepts of PBL and its application in specific medical education contexts, such as perioperative outcomes. The program also includes an overview of current issues in medical education as well as an introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM).
This program is offered to professionals, educators and administrators in the health sciences. This program is taught by expert McMaster faculty from our world-renown Faculty of Health Sciences.

All of our summer programs include:
- weekend day trips
- meal card
- accommodation
- airport pick-up and drop-off
- university health insurance
- Certificate of Graduation
- welcome and graduation ceremonies

Program tuition fees are inclusive of the above. A non-refundable deposit of CAD$300.00 must accompany the application form. The deposit should be in the form of a certified Bank Cheque or Money Order payable to McMaster University. The balance should be paid one month before the beginning of the program. For information on current fees for customized programs, please contact May Zhai at chenmay@mcmaster.ca.

English pre-course details:

English pre-courses are designed to help participants improve their academic English and prepare them for the English-intensive environment to optimize their participation in the customized program. Lessons focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills applied to academic composition and grammar, presentations and workplace conversation. Pre-courses consist of intensive 3-hour morning classes and can include English practice tutorials or independent study projects in the afternoons.