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English Language Studies (ELS) certificate program

The English Language Studies (ELS) certificate program is structured around four levels of English language ability with certificates and courses from intermediate to pre-university levels:

  • Intermediate certificate (level 50)
  • Advanced I certificate (level 60)
  • Advanced II certificate (level 70)
  • Academic certificate (level 80)

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English upgrading for International students

If you are a full-time international student, UFV offers intensive English upgrading‌, ranging from intermediate to pre-university levels, with access to university courses at the highest levels. To find out more, visit the International website.

Other programs and UFV’s English language proficiency requirement  

Several courses that form part of the ELS program provide support for other programs at UFV, including: 

In addition, several courses at the Advanced II and Academic levels of the program satisfy UFV’s English language proficiency requirement.

Admission requirements and study options

Students who apply to the ELS certificate program may need to take a placement test to be admitted to specific proficiency levels and courses. 

Classes are held at UFV’s Abbotsford campus during the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Most classes are held on weekday mornings and afternoons, and some evening classes are offered at different times throughout the year.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Please note, however, that application and registration procedures are different for domestic and international students.

Need help?

Each student's situation is unique, and we are here to help you choose ELS program options and courses that are right for you. Domestic students can contact the ELS Department directly and international students can contact UFV International.


My ELS class was the first time for me to make friends in a new country. I got the chance to practice my English and learn new skills. UFV will be an unforgettable part of my life.

  • – Lin (Shirley) Jiang
  •    China

I moved to Abbotsford without any English at all. I became an ELS student at UFV and learned English from the basic level to the academic level. Academic courses gave me the opportunity to work toward my goals.

  • – Anatilde Cascavita
  •    Colombia

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