University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O) is part of Academic Connect, the ELC Connect series of online programs, designed for students who want to pursue a UVic degree program or have already been admitted and need some additional language and study skills to get prepared for university.


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Program description

This advanced program will help you develop the academic skills you need to succeed in a North American university. Successful UAP-O completion satisfies the English requirement for admission to UVic undergraduate degree programs and many graduate programs. Over a period of six weeks, students will take two courses: Academic English for University Entry (AEUE) (6 week course) and Canadian Studies (CS) 101 (6 week course). 

In the Academic English for University Entry (AEUE) course, you will improve your academic English and will polish your skills in

  • Oral presentations
  • Academic listening and note-taking
  • Reading academic texts 
  • Essay writing
  • Evaluating and using outside sources

Canadian Studies (CS) 101 is an introductory course in Canadian culture for international students. The course objectives are to:

  • Enhance English comprehension skills
  • Enhance English composition skills in particular essay, report writing and presentations required in academic courses
  • Familiarize students with Canadian academic standards, conventions and expectations
  • Enrich the cultural understanding associated with life in Canada
  • Enhance academic preparedness by offering individual and small group academic tutorial assistance

Upon completion of both of the above courses, participants will be able to:

  • Produce an annotated bibliography
  • Write a university-level report or research essay
  • Produce an MLA or APA bibliography
  • Use parenthetical citations properly
  • Summarize and assess sources

For more information, download the UAP-O Course Fact Sheet (PDF) or view the ELC Connect FAQs.

Program features

  • 6-week program (100 total study hours)
  • 20 study hours per week (approximately)
  • One academic class level: Advanced: CEFR B2+ entry; CEFR C1 exit
  • Two courses: "Academic English for University Entry" and "Introduction to Canadian Studies" (CS 101). Students may receive optional UVic credit for CS 101 course for an additional fee
  • Tutorial support by teaching assistants available for both courses
  • Access to the UVic library’s digital resources (journals, ebooks, etc.)
  • Certificate of Completion (for students who receive at least 80% participation grade)
  • Record of Grade from one of Canada's top comprehensive universities

Program schedule

Students can expect to study 20 hours a week for a total of 100 study hours during the program. 

One-hour synchronous sessions will take place at 5:00 pm Victoria time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Sessions:  ELCS - starts on the first Tuesday of the course AEUE - starts on the first Wednesday of the course
Day/time: Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Victoria Time Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Victoria Time

* If you are not located in the same time zone, use the Time Zone Converter to get the time of the session in your region.

* Victoria observes Daylight Saving Time and this may change the synchronous class times in your region depending on the time of the year.

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150.00 Application and deposit fees are due at time of registration, and are non-refundable.
Program deposit $350.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3200 - $350) $2,850.00 The required textbook is not included in tuition and costs approximately $50 CAD.
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
n/a $0.00 Online programs do not include accommodation or meals.
Total: $3,350.00

Program dates

Starting in
January 2022
Program dates
Jan. 24 – March 4, 2022
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: n/a

Application information

Registration requirements

Minimum age requirement: 18 years old.

Students must have one of the following: 

View the System Requirements for online courses.

English Proficiency Test

If you would like to assess your English level prior to registering for this program, please visit the ELC English Proficiency Test page for more details. 

How to apply

For application information, please click the Apply Now button.