University of Victoria English preparation

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?

Diverse community

of 1,000+ students from 30 countries


with homestay and accommodation meals available

Free activities

for English immersion

Intensive schedule

with up to 22 class hours per week

Conditional admission

to a degree program

Flexible entry

with start dates in January, April and September

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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

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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