This full-time program combines academic English and UVic credit courses. It is for students who:
•    Meet UVic’s academic requirements but still need to meet the English requirement for direct entry to UVic
•    Want to complete a four- or five-year undergraduate degree at UVic


Program description

If you want to do your undergraduate degree at UVic but do not yet meet the language requirements, the University Pathways Program (Pathways) might be the perfect option for you.

Pathways is not just a language program: it’s an opportunity to make a strong start at university by combining first-year credit courses with advanced academic English classes. As a Pathways students you will study in small classes, enjoy personal attention from professors and gain vital study tools to be successful at UVic.

Pathways has 2 streams: Social Sciences and Science and Engineering. In both streams, you study the same curriculum and textbooks as other UVic students. You'll also have access to UVic’s wide range of international student supports, such as the UVic library, student mentorship program and tutors.

As a Pathways student 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.

Program features

  • full-time, 12-month program
  • 2 program streams: Social Sciences (includes pre-Business) or Science and Engineering
  • 7 first-year credit courses = 10.5 units of credit
  • UVic curriculum and instructors
  • smaller first-year classes
  • specialized workshops that are catered to the needs of the students
  • additional academic support through labs and tutorials
  • potential to graduate in 4 years*

*For a 4-year degree program. Engineering is a 5-year program.

Registration requirements

Academic requirements

You must meet the academic requirements for the University of Victoria to join this program.

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 (R/L/S/W)
  • iBT TOEFL score of 71 with no section less than 15 (R/L/S/W)
  • passing grade for level 410 Academic in the ELC 12-Week Program

Estimated fees per program

Fees due upon application Fee Notes
application fee $325.00
Homestay application fee (if applicable): $250.00
Program deposit $1,000.00
Tuition fees Fee Notes
Balance of tuition ($26,950 - $1000) $25,950.00
Accommodation and meals Fee Notes
Homestay $850 monthly OR; $10,200.00 Homestay fee paid directly to family. Visit for more information about dorms
Cluster Housing in the UVic dormitory (cost varies) $0.00
Total: $37,725.00

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): $250
  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


Program dates

Starting in
September 2017
Program dates
Sept. 5, 2017 – Aug. 25, 2018
Program status
Courses open for registration
Homestay: Closed for registration. Contact Us for Details.
Dorms: Open for registration