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Medical English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for Nurses

McGill’s Medical English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for Nurses is a two-week intensive program designed to help nursing students, nurses, and nurse educators improve their English language communication skills, which are needed to interact effectively with international patients, their families, and/or caregivers in a variety of healthcare situations.

The program consists of three modules that promote task-based, experiential and discovery learning opportunities.

A minimum of 12 students is required to run the program.

Type:   Intensive
Courses:   3
Schedule:   Full time
Time:   Weekday evenings, Saturdays
Delivery:  In-person*
Unit:   Global and Strategic Communication

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* This program can also be offered virtually. Contact us for more information.




Message From the Academic Program Coordinator

We invite you to embark upon an adventure and enroll in McGill’s Medical English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for Nurses program! Medical EFL for Nurses is a top-quality, two-week intensive program intended for nursing students, nurses, and nurse educators who wish to improve their speaking skills and listening comprehension in English in a healthcare context.

Medical EFL for Nurses is unique in its design. We employ a task-based, experiential, and discovery learning approach as we help students deepen their language and professional knowledge in the nursing field. The first of the three components in the program focuses on language instruction specific to nurse-patient interactions. The second offers students the opportunity to meet nursing professionals and/or nurse educators in a seminar, workshop, or lecture format. The final component involves visits to different healthcare settings, which could be a very large hospital, or a more community-based, smaller facility.

Local cultural activities and day trips are an important part of the Medical EFL for Nurses program. Dedicated nursing students from McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing will act as monitors, providing students with guidance and support for the duration of their stay.

This experience will not only enrich your English language skills but will also offer you a glimpse into practices in the North American healthcare system. We look forward to welcoming you to McGill!

Yuan-Jin Hong, Ph.D.
Academic Program Coordinator

Key Features
  • English for Professional Purposes classes designed specifically for nursing professionals
  • Workshops and seminars with McGill faculty and practicing nurses
  • Healthcare facility visits
  • Cultural activities
  • Day trip to Ottawa, Canada’s capital

Who Should Attend

This program is a good fit for you if you are a:

  • Nursing student
  • Nurse
  • Nurse educator

Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to enable you to:

  • English speaking and listening comprehension for healthcare purposes
  • Develop intercultural skills
  • Observe Canadian nursing best practices
  • Network with nursing students, nurses or nurse educators

Delivery Format and Schedule

Sample Weekly Schedule

Time Monday Tueday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Module 1
Medical English class

12 to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch break

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Module 2
Nursing seminar

Module 3
Healthcare facility visit

Module 2
Nursing seminar

Module 3
Healthcare facility visit

Sociocultural activities with monitors

Career Spotlight

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting and business planning
  • Tax planning and preparation
  • Controllership services
  • Auditing
  • Management consulting
  • Financial planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Succession planning
  • Systems advice and implementation
  • Business start-up advice


Module 1: Specialized language

This module reinforces English speaking and listening comprehension language skills needed to provide primary care in common patient-nurse situations, such as in midwifery/obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, triage assessment, surgery, oncology, trauma, emergency, and intensive/critical care.

Module 2: Field Specific Workshops

This module comprises workshops given by nurse educators and/or practicing nurses. Emphasis is placed on:

  • The McGill nurse education, including nursing practices in Quebec/Canada
  • An overview of the trends in the North American healthcare system

Module 3: Healthcare Facility Site Visits

Students will visit healthcare facilities to see first-hand how nursing is practiced in Quebec. They will have the opportunity to ask questions to healthcare professionals on duty.

Admission Requirements
  • This program is for students who attend under a partnership agreement between McGill SCS and their institution or agency.
  • Applicants must provide proof that they meet the minimum requirement of English language proficiency.
  • Applicants must have a sufficient academic background in nursing to take part in the program.

 ChecklistReady to take the next step?

Be sure to review all the necessary instructions and guidelines to help make your application process smooth and easy.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Language Requirements

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

International Students

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Need help applying?

Contact us at info.conted [at]
or call 514-398-6200

Questions about your admission?

Contact us at admissions.scs [at]
or call 514-398-6200

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