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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. A passing grade on "UAP-O" satisfies the English language proficiency requirement for admission to many UVic undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The UAP-O score is only valid for UVic applications submitted within 2 years of successful UAP completion.

Over a period of six weeks, students will take two courses: Academic English (AE) (6 week course) and Canadian Studies (CS) 101 (6 week course). 

In the Academic English (AE) 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


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The English Language Centre is accredited by Languages Canada.

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   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" (AE) 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

Courses and fees

Students can expect to study 20 hours a week for a total of 100 study hours during the program. View the sample calendar (PDF) for more information.

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 AE - 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 Application and deposit fees are due at time of registration, and are non-refundable.
Program deposit $350
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3,400 - $350) $3,050 The required textbook is not included in tuition and costs approximately $50 CAD.
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
n/a $0 Online programs do not include accommodation or meals.
Total: $3,550

Application information

Admission requirements

Minimum age requirement: 18 years old.

Students must have one of the following*: 

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 (no section lower than 5.5)
  • TOEFL 79 (no section less than 17)
  • Passing grade (80% or higher) in 570 Academic (ELPI-O or ELPI)

*We will not accept tests taken more than two years before your application to the English Language Centre.

View the System Requirements for online courses.

How to apply

To view full application information, please click the Apply Now button. Programs currently open for registration will be available.

Program dates

Starting in
July 2024
Program dates
July 15 - Aug. 23, 2024
Program status
  Courses open for registration
Homestay: n/a
Dorms: n/a

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