University of Victoria English preparation
Do you meet UVic’s academic requirements but still need to improve your English language skills? Studying an English preparation program before your degree could get you where you need to be.
Who should take a UVic English preparation program?
The English preparation programs at UVic are ideal for students who already meet the standard academic requirements to study at UVic, but do not yet have the English language level.
Offered by the English Language Centre at UVic, you can access a bachelor’s or master’s degree through these alternative options that satisfy English requirements:
- University Admission Preparation (UAP): program for students who need to meet the English language requirement for an undergraduate or graduate degree.
- Intensive English Language Program (ELPI): multi-level program for students from “upper beginner” English level.
The best option for you will depend on your current English language skills. Upon successful completion of UAP, you will earn a Certificate of Completion. Successful completion of this program is one way to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement to attend UVic.
What do UVic English preparation programs offer?
of 1,000+ students from 30 countries
with homestay and accommodation meals available
for English immersion
with up to 22 class hours per week
to a degree program
with start dates in January, April and September
Through the English preparation programs at UVic, you’ll focus on general as well as academic English language skills. Through UAP, you’ll develop English skills in:
- Oral presentation
- Note-taking and report writing
- Reading and analyzing academic texts
For students in ELPI, valuable class time is dedicated to learning English (writing, speaking, grammar, pronunciation, etc.).
To practice your English in “real-life” settings, you’ll also have the chance to speak to Canadian volunteers, and participate in optional activities and outings, such as kayaking, sporting events, and whale watching!
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Your options for English preparation at UVic
You have two types of English preparation available at UVic.
University Admission Preparation
A 12-week program for students who are conditionally admitted to a bachelor’s program or provisionally admitted to a master’s program. Successful completion of the UAP program meets the English requirement for a degree.
Intensive English ELPI
For students with lower English levels, ELPI can help you improve your English to later enrol in the University Admission Preparation program. Otherwise, prior to your degree you can apply to the UVic Pathway Program
You must meet the following minimum requirements to join UAP:
- IELTS 6.0 (no subscore below 5.5) or TOEFL 79 (no subscore below 17)
- you’re admissible to Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Science, Social Science, Humanities or Fine Arts (Art History and Visual Studies only)
You are suitable to join ELPI if you have:
- no English score or a score below IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 71
- you’re admissible to the Faculty of Humanities, Science or Social Science
Not sure which option is right for you?
What you need to know about English preparation programs
See the English Language Centre’s admission requirements and fees.
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