This specialized first-year university program combines academic English and UVic credit courses.

  • Choose from 2 Pathways streams: "Canadian Career" or "Science and Engineering"
  • Participants gain 10.5 university credits (75% of a full academic year)
  • Entry requirement: IELTS 5.5 overall; no section less than 5


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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.

After successful completion of the Pathways Program, you will have earned almost all of your required first-year academic credits and 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

(Year 1)

UVic degree program (Year 2-4)


UVic degree program (Year 2-4)



UVic degree program (Year 2-4)




Professional Communication Minor

UVic degree program (Year 2-4)




Business Minor


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NOTE: Engineering and Business are 5-year programs with mandatory co-op.



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Program features

  • Full-time, 12-month program, with 2 'stream' options:
    Canadian Career Stream:
    For students who want to study Social Sciences subjects while gaining practical, career-oriented experience.
    Science and Engineering:
    For students who want to focus on foundational first-year courses in order to pursue specific careers in Science and/or Engineering.
  • 7 first-year degree courses = 10.5 units of credit (full year = 12 credits)
  • UVic curriculum and instructors
  • Academic support through labs and tutorials
  • Smaller first-year classes
  • Specialized workshops

Program schedule






Winter Session


Sept-Dec 2019

Degree course 1, 1.5 units

Academic English (ELPI 490)


Jan-April 2020

Degree course 2, 1.5 units

Academic English (ELPI 570)


Summer Session

April-May 2020

Degree course 3 (Canadian Studies),  1.5 units

University Admission Preparation (UAP)

May-June 2020

Degree course 4, 1.5 units

Degree course 5, 1.5 units

English Tutoring Support

July –Aug 2020

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.


Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
Application fee $325.00
Homestay application fee (if applicable): $300.00
Program deposit $1,000.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of tuition ($33,175 - $1000) $32,175.00 health insurance will be valid from Aug. 30 - Dec. 23, 2019
Health Insurance ( $261.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay $950 monthly OR; $11,400.00 Homestay fee paid directly to family. Visit to learn about living on campus.
Housing on UVic campus (cost varies) $0.00
Total: $45,461.00

Program dates

Starting in
September 2019
Program dates
Sept. 3, 2019 – Aug. 28, 2020
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Available
Dorms: available

Application information

Registration requirements

Academic requirements

You must meet the academic requirements for the University of Victoria to join this program. For more information on the entrance requirements for your country, visit:

Language requirements

You must have one of the following:

  • IELTS overall score of 5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each skill area
  • iBT TOEFL score of 71 with no section less than 15 (R/L/S/W)
  • passing grade for level 410 in the 12-Week Program

How to apply

  1. Download a Pathways Application
  2. Complete the application and email it to
  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

Courier Address

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