This specialized first year of your undergraduate degree is the perfect option if you want to start your UVic degree but still need to meet UVic's English language requirement.

  • Choose from 2 streams: "Canadian Career" or "Science and Engineering"
  • 10.5 UVic credits (12 units = complete first year)
  • UVic instructors, curriculum and materials


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Program description

This specialized first year program allows you to meet UVic’s English language requirement while completing first year degree courses in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Science or Engineering. You can look forward to a challenging, supported first year of university that will put you on the path to success in your UVic degree program.


After successful completion of the Pathway Program, you will have earned almost all of your required first-year academic credits. You will continue in the second year of your chosen degree program at UVic and continue with your UVic degree in one of the following ways:

Pathways Program Timeline

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Program options

Pathway stream Canadian career Science and engineering
Suitable for students who: Want to explore Social Sciences subjects while gaining practical experience to help get their careers off to a strong start after graduation. Want to focus on foundational first-year courses in order to pursue specific careers in Science and/or Engineering.
Courses offered Canadian Studies, Economics, English, Math, Social Sciences Canadian Studies, English, Math, Physics
Types of degrees

BA or BSc in 7 disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

BComm from the UVic Gustavson School of Business

BSc in 9 disciplines: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics

BEng in 7 disciplines: Computer Science, Biomedical/Civil/Computer/ Electrical/Mechanical/ Software Engineering

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Program features


  • September start date
  • Specialized first year undergraduate program
  • University of Victoria: #1 Canadian comprehensive university for preparing career-ready students (2019 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking)
  • Choose from 2 streams: "Canadian Career" or "Science and Engineering" 
  • Academic English classes
  • Seven (7) first-year university credit courses
  • 10.5 UVic credits (12 units = complete first year)
  • UVic instructors, curriculum and materials
  • Homestay or dormitory accommodation and meals


  • Smaller first-year classes
  • Specialized workshops
  • Specialized labs, tutorials and advising


  • Co-op program (paid internship)
  • Business Minor
  • Professional Writing Minor

The Pathway Program is delivered by the UVic English Language Centre (ELC at UVic) in collaboration with the faculties of Social Sciences, Science and Engineering.

English Language Centre (ELC) at a glance

Infographic of ELC at a glance


Program schedule

Academic session Dates UVic degree courses English language courses

Winter Session


Sept-Dec 2021

Degree course 1, 1.5 units Academic English (ELPI 490)

Jan-April 2022

Degree course 2, 1.5 units

Academic English (ELPI 570)

Summer Session

April-May 2022

Degree course 3 (Canadian Studies),  1.5 units

University Admission Preparation (UAP)

May-June 2022

Degree course 4, 1.5 units

Degree course 5, 1.5 units

English Tutoring Support

July –Aug 2022

Degree course 6, 1.5 units

Degree course 7, 1.5 units

English Tutoring Support

NOTE: UVic awards “units” of academic credit to completed courses; a one-term course typically has 1.5 credit units.

Program completion

Upon successful completion of the winter and summer sessions, you will have completed 10.5 units of university-level course work. To qualify for continued academic study at UVic, you must pass UAP and Canadian Studies and maintain good academic standing.

Pathways statistics

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $325.00 The program deposit is part of tuition, not an additional cost.
Homestay application fee (if applicable): $300.00
Program deposit $1,000.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of tuition ($34,370 - $1000) $33,370.00 Tuition includes all degree and English courses, English tutors, gym membership, extended health and dental insurance and a 12-month bus pass
Primary health insurance for Term 1 ( $273.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay $950 monthly paid directly to family $11,400.00 You may also choose housing on UVic campus instead of Homestay. Visit for more info.
Total: $46,668.00

Program dates

Starting in
September 2021
Program dates
Sept. 7, 2021 – Aug. 26, 2022
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Available
Dorms: Available

Application information

Registration requirements

Academic requirements
To qualify for the Pathway Program, students must meet UVic’s academic requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. For specific international admission requirements, visit UVic's admissions.  

English language proficiency requirement
There are several ways students can satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement, including:

International Students coming from a Canadian curriculum high school:
International students attending high school in a Canadian curriculum whose first language is not English may apply to the Pathway Program, if they completed Grade 12 English Studies (or its equivalent) with a grade of 50% or higher. In addition, students must satisfy UVic’s English Language Proficiency Requirement (ENPR) and academic requirements stated above.

How to apply

For application information, please click the Apply Now button.