UVic pathway program

UVic Pathway Program

A specialized one-year program that combines degree-level courses with advanced academic English classes. This allows you to meet the University of Victoria’s language requirements without increasing the time it takes to get your undergraduate degree.

Who is the UVic Pathway program for?

Hosted by the English Language Centre (ELC) at UVic, the UVic Pathway Program is for students who are ready to start their degree, but don’t yet meet the University’s English language requirement.

What will I study?

When you’re enrolled in the UVic Pathway program, you’ll take first-year bachelor’s degree courses alongside academic English classes, so you’re prepared to progress to year 2 of your degree program.

You can choose from two streams: “Canadian Career” for students interested in studying business and social sciences, or “Science and Engineering” for students planning a career in STEM fields.

Why choose the UVic Pathway Program?

90% of Pathway students

passed UVic’s English requirement during the program

4.6 average GPA

of Pathway students in academic courses

Winner of Language School of the Year

ISTUDY guide 2019–20

24 UVic majors

available to successful Pathway students

Smaller classes

with specialized workshops and academic support

TESOL-trained instructors 

with international teaching experience

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Your UVic Pathway Program options

The major you choose will help determine which option is the best fit for you.


Canadian Career

Gain practical experience for degrees in Anthropology, Commerce (Business), Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


Science and Engineering

Prepare for programs in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Statistics.

Not sure which option is right for you?

More useful information

Find more details about the program in UVic’s Pathway guides:

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