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

QUICK FACTS

  • September start date
  • Specialized first year undergraduate program
  • 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

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • 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.

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Program schedule

Academic session Dates UVic degree courses English language courses

Winter Session

 

Sept-Dec 2020

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

Jan-April 2021

Degree course 2, 1.5 units

Academic English (ELPI 570)

Summer Session

April-May 2021

Degree course 3 (Canadian Studies),  1.5 units

University Admission Preparation (UAP)

May-June 2021

Degree course 4, 1.5 units

Degree course 5, 1.5 units

English Tutoring Support

July –Aug 2021

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.

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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 (guard.me) $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 housing.uvic.ca for more info.
Total: $46,668.00

Program dates

Starting in
September 2020
Program dates
Sept. 8, 2020 – Aug. 28, 2021
Program status
Courses open for registration
Accommodation
Homestay: Available
Dorms: Available

Application information

Registration requirements

Academic requirements
For acceptance into the Pathway Program, you must meet the University of Victoria’s academic entrance requirements for your country. For more info, visit UVic's admissions.  

Language requirements
You must have one of the following:

  • CAEL 50 with no section less than 40
  • IELTS 5.5 with no section less than 5.0 
  • TOEFL 71 with no section less than 15
  • Passing grade for level 410 in ELC's Intensive English (ELPI) Program

How to apply

  1. Download a Pathway Application
  2. Complete the application and email it to elcinfo@uvic.ca
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee: $325
  4. Pay a program deposit (this is part of tuition, not an additional cost): $1000
  5. Pay a Homestay application fee (if applicable): $300
  6. Arrange to send your transcripts and original language score to:

Mailing Address

Pathways Coordinator
Undergraduate Admissions
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria BC
V8W 3P2
Canada

Courier Address

Pathways Coordinator
Undergraduate Admission
University of Victoria
University Centre
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria BC
V8W 5C2 Canada