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English Proficiency

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit one of the following*:

  • Required score on a recognized English proficiency test (eg. IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 on the Writing band for entry to the BA and BCom programs),
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits of post-secondary education from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language.
  • Successful completion of University Canada West’s University Access Program (English preparation courses),
  • Successful completion of other recognized English preparation courses where students have demonstrated English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 or better,
  • Successful completion of BC English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (or equivalent) with a final grade of 65% (C) or better (including the provincial exam if applicable) ) taken in Canada as part of a high school graduation program,
  • Completion of International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 or English Literature and Performance,
  • Successful completion of a 3 credit academic English course with a minimum C grade from a Canadian post-secondary institution. The credits must be eligible to be transferred to University Canada West as transfer credits,
  • Graduation from a secondary school attended for three (3) or more consecutive years of full time education where English was the language of instruction and where the school is located in a country where English is an official language,
  • Graduation from a recognized secondary school attended for four (4) or more consecutive years of full time education where English was the language of instruction but operates in a country where English is not a primary language.

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

English language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.

*Conditions apply

Key Facts

Program Tuition Fee:

$3,500 for a 3 month term

Intakes:

2016: January 4, April 4, July 4, October 3

Duration:

3 months (for students with IELTS 6.0)
6 months (for students with IELTS 5.5)
9 months (for students with IELTS 5.0)

Delivery:

On-Campus

Recognized English Language Schools

If you have successfully completed Academic English preparation courses from a UCW recognized English language school, it may fulfill UCW’s English Language Proficiency requirement for admission to our programs. You will be required to present a completion certificate from the English language school demonstrating successful achievement of the required level of study. The UCW Registrar's office may contact the school to verify your results.

  • EC Canada - General English B2 level with a minimum 80% and successful completion of the Academic Techniques in Practice course
  • ELS Language Centers - ELS’ Masters Level 112 program with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 (79-82%).
  • Global Village - Global Village (GV) English level 7 with a minimum 80% and successful completion of the EAP Program
  • ICEAP -
    • For admission to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce: Bridge Course Level 8 with a minimum 70% average and no individual skill/core mark less than 65%.
    • For admission to the Masters of Business Administration or MBA Foundation courses: Pre-MBA course with a minimum 70% average
  • inlingua – University Preparation Course with a minimum 80% over 3 terms
  • ILAC - University Pathway III, level 3.2 at a minimum 75% on course work and an iBT 90 on final test
  • ILSC - University Pathway Program A2 with a minimum 70%
  • St George International College (SGIC) Toronto only - University and College Pathway Program with a minimum 80% final exit test
  • Western Town College - University Pathway Program (4 modules) with a minimum 75%
  • Kaplan - University Foundation Course or Advanced (C1) General English with a minimum of 70% on the exit test and the EAP half day class

Course Structure

The UAP students take a core 15 hours per week in the four skill Academic English course, plus 5 hours per week on critical thinking. Each of the three levels uses a dedicated textbook with supplementary resources. There is ongoing assessment throughout the course with a focus on developing competence in seminar discussion, presentations and essay writing. All the levels have a final examination that includes assessment of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

University Access Program

  • UAP plus English for Humanities and Social Science (15 hours p/w)
  • UAP plus English for Science (15 hours p/w)
  • UAP plus English for Business Studies (15 hours p/w)

You will receive continuous assessment via 10 weekly essays and assignments, an end of course exam, and an extended essay. You will be examined on:

  • Spotting plagiarism
  • Note-taking and summarising
  • Paraphrasing and synthesizing
  • Completing a timed essay
  • Presenting orally and responding to questions

Recognized English Language Schools

If you have successfully completed Academic English preparation courses from other UCW recognized English Language Schools, it will fulfill UCW’s English Language Proficiency admissions requirement for our programs.  Students are required to present a completion certificate from the English School. The UCW Registrar's office may contact the school to verify the student's results.

  • EC Canada - General English (C1) & Academic Techniques in Practice
  • ELS Language Centers – EAP Level 112
  • ILAC - University Pathway III
  • ILSC - University Pathway Program A2
  • Kaplan - University Foundation Course
  • KGIC - English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE)
  • Vancouver English Centre (VEC) - Level 14 & Academic English

Key Facts

Program Tuition Fee:

$3,500 for a 3 month term

Intakes:

2016: January 4, April 4, July 4, October 3

Duration:

3 months (for students with IELTS 6.0)
6 months (for students with IELTS 5.5)
9 months (for students with IELTS 5.0)

Delivery:

On-Campus