This full-time program includes:

  • 30 study hours per week in advanced academic English classes
  • Free activities and optional weekend trips
  • Homestay accommodation


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Program description

In this program you will study with international classmates who share the same goal: acceptance to a UVic degree program.

University Admission Preparation (UAP) is the highest academic level of our 12-Week Intensive program, designed for you to develop the skills to participate in academic classes with confidence as a non-native English speaker.

A passing grade on this level satisfies the English requirement for entry into UVic undergraduate programs.

As a UAP student you are also eligible to apply for "conditional admission" to UVic undergraduate degree programs, meaning if you are academically admissible to UVic, you can register in UVic credit courses for the next term while you are in UAP.

Your UAP classes will focus on:

  • academic English 
  • oral presentations
  • note-taking
  • reading academic texts
  • report writing
  • research and computer use

Program features

  • 20 academic English class hours per week
  • A specialized "University Skills for Success" elective class with a focus on time management, note taking, small group skills, exam skills and critical thinking
  • Study Skills and Academic Integrity workshops
  • an ELC Study Centre, to practise real English with Canadian volunteers
  • a Pronunciation Centre, to work with a teacher in small groups
  • a Writing Centre, to receive one-on-one help with writing assignments
  • access to the Computer Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL)
  • free weekly activities (coffee socials, sports, workshops and tours) and optional weekend trips with our Cultural Assistants
  • Homestay accommodation and meals with a carefully selected local family
  • Certificate of Participation and a Record of Grade



Cultural Assistants

Program schedule

This is a full-time program, with morning or afternoon classes.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday


Monday to Friday (30 study hours per week)

  • core classes: 18 hours (afternoon, four days per week)
  • elective classes: 2 hours (morning, one day per week)
  • Study Centre and Pronunciation Centre:8 hours (open Monday to Thursday)
  • Writing Centre: 2 hours (open every day for one-on-one appointments)
  • Coffee Social (Friday) and other free activities that change every week

Optional activities led by our Cultural Assistants (depending on season):

  • whale watching
  • Butchart Gardens
  • trips to  Vancouver 
  • kayaking
  • theater
  • hockey games
  • ...and more!

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150.00 Due at time of registration. Application fees are paid only once.
Program deposit $350.00
Homestay application fee $250.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of Tuition ($3950 - $350) $3,600.00 Due five weeks before program begins
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay ($850 per month; $28 per additional night) $2,550.00 Paid directly to Host family. This fee is NOT paid to the ELC.
Total: $6,900.00

Program dates

Starting in
April 2018
Program dates
April 9 – July 4, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
September 2018
Program dates
Sept. 10 – Dec. 5, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a
Starting in
January 2019
Program dates
Jan. 7 – April 3, 2019
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Open for registration
Dorms: n/a

Application information

Registration requirements

To study in this program, you must:

  • successfully complete an entrance exam, written test and personal interview
  • have a minimum of one of the following exam scores:
    • IELTS overall score of 6 or higher with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill area (R/L/S/W)
    • iBT TOEFL score of 79 or higher with no section less than 17 (R/L/S/W)
    • CAEL 60 with no subscore less than 50
    • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 Academic in the 12-Week Intensive Program
    • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 General in the 12-Week Intensive Program, with a passing grade on the UAP writing test

How to apply

  1. Complete a program application form
  2. Send the completed application form to
  3. Pay the application fees and deposit(s)

Once we have processed the application, you well be sent a Letter of Acceptance.

Visit our How to apply page for more details.