University Preparation Program


The University Preparation Program is designed to prepare students for advanced academic challenges such as conducting research or completing a thesis.  The content of this course is targeted at students who have a high level of English proficiency— for example, a proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 6+ or CLB of 7.  Students who do not have the required proficiency can enter the Intensive English Program to attain the required proficiency.

Program Length: 12 weeks
Class Size: Maximum of 15 students per class
Hours of Instruction: 25 hours per week

At the completion of the UPP, students will be able to:

  • Participate in discussions about a wide variety of topics with a high degree of accuracy
  • Lead discussions and deliver presentations with confidence
  • Understand lengthy lectures delivered at a natural rate of speed
  • Infer meaning
  • Identify author’s bias and purpose
  • Describe graphs
  • Use a wide range of tenses and complex structures to enhance communication
  • Report facts and express opinions using active and passive voices
  • Discuss unreal events
  • Express urgency, advisability, and necessity
  • Write clear, well-organized essays which may include literature reviews and experimental research findings
  • Summarize lengthy academic texts