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This intensive summer program includes:

  • 20 class hours per week (80 total program hours)
  • Two courses: "Advanced English" and "Introduction to Canadian Studies"
  • Optional dormitory accommodation and meals available

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Program description

Successful "UAP" completion satisfies the English requirement for admission to many UVic undergraduate degree programs.

This intensive summer program will help prepare you for success as a UVic degree student by polishing your academic English skills and providing an introduction to Canadian culture. A passing grade on "UAP" satisfies the English language proficiency requirement for admission to many UVic undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The UAP score is only valid for UVic applications submitted within 2 years of successful UAP completion.

UAP develops skills in:

  • Oral presentations
  • Note-taking and report-writing
  • Reading academic texts
  • Research

VIEW INFO: UAP-Canadian Studies flyer (PDF)

VIEW INFO: UAP-Canadian Studies Sample Calendar (PDF)

Please note, we also offer a 12-week University Admission Preparation program. Contact us for details. 


  • August start date
  • 20 class hours per week (80 total program hours)
  • Two courses: "Advanced English" and "Introduction to Canadian Studies" (CS101); students may receive optional UVic credit for CS 101 course
  • Weekly writing clinics
  • Optional dormitory accommodation and meals available


  • Intensive 4-week format before start of academic year in September
  • Tutorial support by teaching assistants available for both courses
  • Optional credit for "Introduction to Canadian Studies" course (CS101)


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The English Language Centre is accredited by Languages Canada.

Who is this program for?

Level: University Preparation

Courses and fees

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Academic English classes: 8:30 – 10:20 am
  • Canadian Studies classes: 10:40 am – 12:30 pm 
  • Workshops and activities: 2 – 4 pm 

Optional activities ($)

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $150 Due at time of registration. Application fees are paid only once.
Program deposit $350
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of tuition ($3,400 - $350) $3,050 Due five weeks before program begins
Student Services fee $223
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
UVic Dormitory $2,220 This fee is paid to the ELC
Total: $5,993

Application information

Admission requirements

To study in this program, you must have a minimum of one of the following exam scores:

  • IELTS (academic) 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 Intensive English (ELPI) program
  • Passing Grade (80%) for level 570 General in the Intensive English (ELPI) program, with a passing grade on the UAP writing test

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

How to apply

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

Program dates

University Admission Preparation (UAP) and Canadian Studies will run online in 2024! For the online program dates, see University Admission Preparation Online (UAP-O).

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