Summer Pathway Program

SPP is a language, academic, and cultural immersion program for students who meet academic requirements at either Mount Allison or the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), but do not meet the English proficiency requirements.

Mount Allison's English language Summer Pathway Program (SPP) makes it easier for students from non-English backgrounds to get ready for post-secondary studies.

The Summer Pathway Program includes:

  • level-specific English and academic skills classes
  • lessons introducing students to the history, culture, and geography of Atlantic Canada
  • guest speaker series to educate students on services and supports available through Mount Allison and other local organizations
  • career development skills to prepare students for job opportunities

Mode of delivery: online students attend the program virtually (must have a stable internet connection and a computer with a camera and microphone to participate in live classes).

Summer 2024

  12-Week program 8-Week program

May 27-Aug. 16

June 24-Aug. 16

English score requirements

All bands 5.0

Listening 6
Reading 7
Speaking 15
Writing 15

Duolingo 90
Comprehension 100
Literacy 95
Conversation 80
Production 70

All bands 5.5

Listening 11
Reading 12
Speaking 17
Writing 17

Duolingo 100
Comprehension 115
Literacy 105
Conversation 95
Production 80

Tuition fees* (CAD) $4,797 $3,364

*Fees include tuition and program fees

Students who have already met the University’s admission requirements can also choose to be a part of this program to improve their language and academic skills.

How to apply to the program

In order to enroll in the Summer Pathway Program, you must first:

Based on eligibility and language scores, students are directly put into the program that works best with their current language skills.

Once admitted, pay a non-refundable deposit of $2,444 CAD to reserve your spot ($450 registration deposit + $1,994 SPP deposit). The remaining fees are due at the beginning of your session.

  • 12-week program — April 15, 2024 (first day of class is May 27)
  • 8-week program — April 15, 2024 (first day of class is June 24)

The $1,994 SPP deposit is refundable until the first day of classes, if applicant is able to provide proof of study permit refusal.

If you successfully complete the program

Once you successfully complete the English Summer Pathway Program:

  • You get direct unconditional admission to Mount Allison or NBCC starting in September (if you meet the academic requirements)
  • No additional TOEFL or IELTS tests will be required


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